Saturday, December 26, 2009

CU OK Torn Edge Strips and bonus QP

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday! I sure did! Santa was very good to me and brought me a Canon Rebel Digial SLR camera! It’s a wonderful gift and I hope I learn to use it beyond the “Auto Everything” setting. I’m thinking of taking a class at our local Community College to learn the basics.

I had been working for several days on these torn strips that I wanted to extract and give away as freebies. The problem is, I was not at all happy with how they turned out. There is no way you can use the pen tool and make it look right and the magic wand tool didn’t work for me either.  I tried the background eraser, magic eraser, and extract filter in Photoshop and UGH, crappy looking strips. I wanted the fibers of the tears to be visible to make the tears look realistic. FINALLY I came across an awesome Photoshop filter called Fluid Mask by Vertus. It makes extracting tricky items like hair, smoke, fur, so easy. Wow! I downloaded the free trial and can’t believe how quick the plug-in renders and how easy it was to use (I didn’t even read the instructions and had great results!) And the trial is fully functional, not like many trial plugins that place a huge ugly watermark on your image making it unusable. I am going to have to put this filter to good use for the next two weeks to be sure but so far I am really impressed.

So I extracted these torn strips and was going to write a tutorial on how to use them but in one of my many Google searches for “extracting torn strips digital scrapbook” (or something similar) I found an awesome tutorial by Illustrating Stories and learned some things too! Hop over to learn how to use the torn strips on your layout!

As I was trying to come up with an example I just kind of ran with it and made a layout using one of the first pictures from my new camera this morning! Before adding my title and picture I saved it as a Quick Page and it is included in the .zip along with the strips!

AFTERMATH09 copy

And here’s the preview and download links for the strips and QP:

SC_TornEdgesPreview

Download the CU OK torn paper strips and Holiday QP HERE

or HERE

41 comments:

Toucan Scraps said...

thank you for the strips, and congrats on the new camera - have un with it

Megan said...

I hope to see many new and cool items - thanks to your new camera! Have fun and thanks for these torn strips! Looove them! (:

angelfaye said...

thank you - and enjoy your gift!

Shel said...

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing!

Yvette said...

Love the torn strips. Thank you for sharing.

Nanette said...

Great ideas - I love the aftermath page - I have a page tearer tool from Creative Memories that works great. Have you seen it?

Elle de Mai said...

Dear Deb, thank you very much for this new freebie very interesting and for which you have worked hard.
I laughed reading Santa brought you a Canon digital camera et that you hope use it behind the "auto everything" setting: me too I received a Digital camera (but a Nikon Reflex) for this Christmas and I hope exactly the same thing! I would love be an excellent photographer but it is not (yet)the case... Some patience is required!
Thank you again, and good week-end!

keyr said...

thanks a lot !!

Gail said...

Love the way these torn strips came out - wonderfully done! Thank you for these strips and great QP! Hope you had a fabulous Christmas!

Anonymous said...

thanks so much!

Samantha said...

Thanks so much for these! I love torn edges, but didn't like the idea of using the same one all the time! lol

Traci said...

Deb...thanks so much for the great edges! You'll never know how much work you just saved me! Thank you, too for putting me onto the new site. She's awesome! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your new camera...I have one, too, and it goes everywhere with me!

CBH-Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 1 post on Dec. 26, 2009. Thanks again.

makeyesup said...

Love the torn edges, have fun with your new toy and thanks much for sharing.

Mo said...

thanks

MoeJoe said...

Oh... what an awesome gift!! My husband's been eyeing the Pentax K-X.

Please let us know how the *Filter Forge* program goes... I have it, but I've been putting off learning it! lol

Thank you for all the freebies and tips that you've given so generously throughout the year... I'm pretty new to all this... but I really AM greatful for everything you've given!

Edna B said...

Thanks so much. Have lots of fun with your new Canon. I have one too, and I just love it. Hugs, Edna B.

Barb said...

Happy Boxing Day... and thank you so very much for the terrific torn edges!
Barb in Australia

The Wild Gardener said...

Thank you! These are great! Sure glad you found the awesome plugin

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 26 Dec [LA 04:00pm, NY 07:00pm] - 27 Dec [UK 12:00am, OZ 11:00am] ).

Lori said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

ninigoesdigi said...

Fantastic torn paper strips !!!!
Thank you very much !!
Thank you also for the great links.
Have fun with your camera.

Anonymous said...

Thank you
Happy 2010

TerriM said...

Thanks for sharing these torn strips. I don't know much about them or even what to do with them really but I'm sure in time as I waver through learning PSE8 I 'll find out how to use them, LOL. Wow, you have a new toy to play with, how exciting. I can imagine all the fun your going to have with the new camera. Hugs! Terri, Hawaii

Anonymous said...

Being a newbie I just wanted to let you know that I don't think I would have gotten as far as I have come without all of your wonderful tutorials. Thank you so much for everything you have done for the digital world.

Im.HeartGem said...

Wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing pics from your new camera. Thanks for sharing your talent!

Rinachiyya said...

Thank you very much for the torn pieces and the QP.
I love it.


Happy New year to you.

Susie(Psychozoe), Zoe the cat, Chiquita the dog said...

Deb, thank you for the cool strips and the link!

Valerian70 said...

Ooooohhhhhhh, a nice shiny new camera for Christmas, you must have been a very good girl!! Thank you for the torn edges and the link to that tutorial - definitely one to bookmark that's for sure.

Jacki said...

Thanks!

Gummysmom said...

I have the same camera and love it. To really get the most out of it make sure you have a fast memory card to keep up with the camera's abilities.

Thanks for the torn edges, they are always fun to use.

My 4 Princesses Designs said...

I just love all your stuff. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us :)

KimR. said...

These will be useful, thanks!

Beth said...

Thank you for the strips and for the link to the tutorial. It went too fast. I'll have to watch it a few times. Love the QP also. I don't know how you find time to do all you do.

Jacqui's Scraps said...

Thank you!

Tammy aka bunchie said...

tyvm for the torn strips I just love them! Enjoy the new camera! Hubby got me a camcorder this year as I got a camera last year. But he also got me a Durango, tickets to see Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum, perfume and a book by Palin....so I racked up this year. Glad to hear you had a great holiday too.

Grace said...

Deb, thank you for the awesome torn edge strips!

Dinphy said...

Santa has been good to you! Gotta love the canon camera's. :)

Ephémère, Qc. said...

Merci beaucoup, c'est super! Thank you!

Tam said...

Thank you!!

Diantha said...

I have been searching the internet for over an hour for this exact thing. Thank you so much for sharing. :)