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.