Monday, December 29, 2008

CU Curled and Ribbon Set

The cord is in the mail so to speak but I still haven't received it so the overlays are still sitting there on my laptop hard drive waiting, waiting.... I'm not a very patient person.  LOL.  Today's freebie is a set of 8 curled ribbons that I photographed in the new light box and extracted.  They were requested recently by Valerian70 so I hope she reads this and snags them.  I have also been asked a few times recently what method I use to extract my elements.  I don't really have only one way but  my mostest favorite way to extract recently in CS3 using the following steps:  I first crop the photo so that only the element I am extracting is in the photo and as much of the background is cropped as possible.  Then I zoom in to 100% and choose the freehand pen tool.  I check the magnetic box and tweak the magnetic settings depending on the element.  Then I slowly draw around the element with the pen tool until the path is closed.  I then use the path tools to delete anchor points, move them, convert them, etc.  When I am satisfied that the path pretty much matches the edges of my element I make a selection from the path and smooth it by 2-3 pixels.  I then invert the selection and press delete.  It is very time consuming yes but I think it produces much nicer edges than the magic wand tool.  Anyway, I don't know if this explanation makes any sense to anyone and it won't be very useful for those of you who don't have Photoshop.  But that's how I do it. 

Anyway, here's the freebie.  The ribbons are shiny but silver so they should be recolored easily to match your layouts or kits.  Drop shadows are for preview purposes only.

SC_CurledPreview

Download the CU Curled Ribbon Set HERE

or HERE

68 comments:

Bel Vidotti said...

Nice curlies, luv them!!!
thanks for sharing!!
huggies!!!

Krystal said...

I just wanted to let you know that you are VERY much appreciated! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work with us! Thank you!!

Krystal

amber said...

these are just GREAT! Thanks so much! :D

Mommy Addicted to Scraps said...

Thank you so much for these! I love your new lightbox!!

charlie said...

Nice work Deb!

clc said...

Great ribbons - thank you!

Sue said...

These ribbons are fabulous! Thank you very much! :)

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know how very much I appreciate you. You are kind and generous to give us so much.
I hope you have the best New Year.

Vicki (Chickivaney) said...

Thanks so much for this & the last Twine set!

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 29 Dec [LA 09:07pm] - 30 Dec [NY 12:07am, UK 05:07am, OZ 04:07pm] ).

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

Deb, your GIVING heart shines (moreso than the your silver ribbons!)through with each extraction as I do know firsthand the TIME involved and your explanation is PERFECTO!

I am hoping to get back to doing some myself next year, but it is not on the TOP of my PRIORITY list!!! Must design, MUST design, MUST DESIGN!!! ROFL!

Thank you SO much for your LOVELY comment on my blog last night as it is ALWAYS a SPECIAL treat for me!

Thank you for TODAY's goodies - SO in time for NEW YEAR'S!

Wishing you and yours a HEALTHY, HAPPY and PROSPEROUS one as well as a SAFE New Year's Eve!

MWAH!

Love and hugs,
Linda :)

Sabine said...

Beautiful designs Deb! Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all your wonderful freebie.. it is really appreciated.. Happy new year to you .. Lisette Denmark

Amberpony Creates said...

Luv Your Ribbons
Thanks For More Goodies

angelfaye said...

stunning - thank you! And thanks for the mini tut!! LOL!!!xxxx

Franny said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the Top Cat Freebies List today!

ladybug said...

Deb, this is something that is difficult for me the achieve. I have mad a few . Not the best. I am thrilled that you have shared these. Thank you .judy

Kyra said...

Thanks, you always come up with something I just need! LOL.

Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks so much. I was looking for some ribbon strands just the other day.

Thanks for all the goodies you share.

Marnie

Fieke said...

Hi Deb,

you are such a big help to me, I am a designer and learn a lot from your creations! Thanks for making them CU!

Deatles said...

Sooo after reading your explanation of extracting, all I have to say is --- Is that all you have to do???? LOL
Hokie Smokes, that's two days work for me!!!

You are so generous to offer us these gifts. Your hard work and talent are so very much appreicated. THANK YOU! These ribbons are wonderful - and can be used in so many of my family's scrap pages. THANK YOU!

Calvina Walsh said...

These are terrific! Thanks also for the explanation on how you extract them. You do a fantastic job and I appreciate all the work you do!

Tirza said...

I have been using more curled ribbons lately, and having trouble finding ones I like. I really like these. Thanks.

Deanna said...

These are fantastic! How pretty! Thanks so much.

Cindy Ritter said...

Love the curls and the twines!!! Downloaded all three and can't wait to play with them a bit! have a great new year!!!
:D Cindy

Valerian70 said...

Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!!!

I really appreciate you taking the time to lisebn to little old me.

I would have spotted them earlier but I got a new-to-me PC this morning with Vista and I've been busy trying to figure it out.

vettep said...

I wanted to say thank you for all the great offerings you have on your blog. I also enjoy reading the blog.
Thank you for all the hard work you put into your work.

txgwen said...

Thank you so much for these wonderful curled ribbons!

I've done some extractions, too, and find that the way you do them does produce the nicest edges even though it is VERY time-consuming, so I'm especially appreciative of all the hard work you do and your wonderful generosity is sharing with us!

Christine said...

Fabulous timing with these lovely curly ribbons. They'll be just right for New Year party layouts. Thank you very much.

NevadaAU said...

These are so perfect for New Year's Eve celebrations!!
Thank you so much.
Barb in Australia

Mags said...

Love, love, LOVE the curly ribbons! THANKS for all of your hard work and effort!
:) Mags
magsgraphics.blogspot.com

Tammy aka bunchie said...

tyvm for the fabulous curly ribbons! I absolutely love these!!! Happy New Year!

Addicted2Scrappin' said...

Thank you!

Dinphy said...

Thanks for telling us how you extract! It's fun, I use practically the same method, but in a vector-based program. These ribbons are awesome! Thank you SO much!!

Jewel Goodwin said...

VERY nice - and a lot of work! Thank you so much!

Sue said...

Beautiful ribbons. Thanks so much for sharing. I appreciate all your hard work.

VJ's Scrap Room said...

Soo coool!! Thank you so much for sharing:)

Happy New Year!!

La Scrapping Mad-ison said...

There's a future "Happy 2009" LO featuring these ribbons, and they're staying silver!

Thanks for all of your hard work, I really don't know where you get the time to do this for us.

~LSM

I thought of you when I made a custom shape of an ice skate the other day. DH, the former hockey player even said it looked like an ice skate... I have the pictures for it, just not an LO in my head yet, but I'll send it over when I use it.

Kay R. said...

Thanks for the great curled ribbons!!

Donna said...

Love them!!! Tell your parents thank you for such a wonderful gift :) You are "making magic" with it and saving me $$ because you are so generous with your wonderful freebies! I think you deserve the title "Extraction Queen" hehe It would take me a few hours to extract these ribbons - and even then I *know* they wouldn't look near as good as yours do. I don't know how you do it all - there are only so many hours in a day.....

walking-girl said...

Thanks for your wonderful work.

Angela said...

oh WOW! shiny ribbons. thank you

Franny said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the Top Cat Freebies List today!

Twisted Scrapper said...

I love adding bling to my kits so this will be a wonderful addition :)
Thank you!

Gunhild said...

Cool ribbons, thanks for sharing.

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Amazing!! You are brilliant!!
hugs, Jami

Cauleen said...

Oh, oh, oh! I'm so excited to have these! Thanks for sharing them!

Lela Siregar said...

Terima kasih (: Thank you) for sharing all ur great creations with us

Kely said...

Thank you for all the freebies! I just discovered your blog now and am in awe of all your work!! I am interested in extracting, so I will have to read on to find out about your new light box! Thanks Again!

Kelly said...

Thanks for the extraction tips, and your generous freebies! Any advice as to how to get the best results using Elements? Thanks again, your blog and work are awesome!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the ribbon! grabbed both sets! tsm!!

Charmed by Gorjuss said...

Thanks bunches!

Tib said...

Thank you so much for the curled ribbons. They work great and I didn't have to spend the time to make them. Tib Bits Digiscrap Designs at www.digiscrapstation.com

DarkPheonix said...

Tfs!!! So pretty!

amber said...

Thanks (again) .. just restocking after the EHD crash.. :)

Yanti said...

Thanks very much for sharing! Hugs

Kirsten said...

Thank you very much!

Gail said...

Thank you for the great ribbons!

Bijou7, said...

merci

Tanja said...

Thank you very much!
I found you over www.cufreebiesonly.com

cu Tanja

Juicy Scrap said...

Thank you so much!!!

Love Joyce

Beth said...

Love it, thanks :)

Mungo said...

So glad these are still available, thank you

Sue said...

These are so fun! Thanks so much for keeping up the link! :)

SacredCreations said...

Love them ty so much.

Anonymous said...

thank you

Rachel said...

Thanks so much for these and also for explaining how to extract. I have some vintage Alice in Wonderland stuff that I bought the other day and they need extracting, so I will have a go using your method!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this ribbons