Paint.net Image Editing Program V4.0.17This is a fabulous tutorial teaching you how to use a very powerful little tool that has a lot of PS (Photoshop) features but without the cost! And it's super easy once you get the hang of it promise! This little program is called PAINT.NET and you can get it here for only $2. Today we are going to walk you through manipulating a PNG formatted file and why it's epic to get your hands on PNG files. We have tested this program and have found this to work exceptionally well for the budding artist who needs a little power! Downloaded your Software? Ready to go? Let's get started!
In our demo we will be working with a Free Exclusive PNG frame file we gave out in our newsletter, ( but you can use any PNG and follow along) and a photo image. Typically why you use a PNG file is to be able to use it with other files as a layer. It has a clear background allowing it to be dropped on products such as T-Shirts etc. Follow along below.
We hope you enjoyed our free Tutorial. If you purchased your copy of Paint.net through us we will be happy to answer your questions pertaining to this tutorial. If not you can seek answers to your questions through the forums for Paint.net. Remember that if you are interested in sharing this tutorial please link to it. Thanks.
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I used this fantastic bundle and I will show you what I created for my store. I was able to design two stationary sets in about 15 minutes using this amazing bundle. I chose to work with the Lisa Glanz "Cute Critter Creator" since it turns out so many new characters just by turning layers on and off in photoshop. Yes it was just that easy. If you click on Lisa Glanz's name you will see a similar portrait creator for people. You will also see she charges $39 for that set alone. However you get her creator Kit plus 28 other kits for only $29.
This bundle holds over 27 Gig of creatives to use. Watching the video above you will learn how to use this bundle in many ways. The below images show each individual package you get in this bundle for only $29, that's $1 dollar each! OH! Did I mention it comes with a complete extended license to use for business? And no I am not selling this bundle, I am a RAVING fan! This is one of my prized resource go to places. They sometimes share their new bundles with me to do reviews. To be perfectly honest I feel they are getting the short end of the stick as I can create MILLIONS of designs from this for just a review.
What is my ultimate opinion? I cannot live without my DesignCuts bundles. They make my life so much easier. I spend HOURS laboring on new drawings and creations, building my website, advertising, newsletter, social, and CEO. Its very very hard doing it all by myself. When I do not have time to create I use my Design Cut resources. And YES I do buy these bundles a lot. They have sent me goodies in the mail saying, you bought more than anyone else in this last month, thank you! ...OOps can you say junkie? I have scolded them that I have now downgraded from a home to a cardboard box, with net coming via old school from a telephone pole.
Sigh...very true...but look what I created in 15 minutes. (See Below)
Everything you get in this bundle.
I created these two stationary sets, (both on sale for less than 30% for a limited time) in fifteen minutes. I opened the Lisa Glanz "Critter Creator kit" Which btw it also creates cute boys and girls (above) not just critters. I opened and closed layers to achieve each of the lion and girl creations. Using Photoshop I used Lisa's background patterns to create the papers, envelopes and bookmarks. I then dropped in the critter I created. Lisa includes very detailed instructions on how to use the creator. I was up and running in less than one minute. You choose their clothes, skin color, accessories and more. As you can see I have a lion Stationary set and a Little girl and her unicycle set. Since I need to continually fill my store as well as make creations for my clients providing them with new designs and product for my customers; havingDesign Cuts makes my life easier. Did I say easier? I meant I can breathe!
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Author: Lady TPowers
what comes next after a? you guessed it, the letter B!
Following the instructions laid out in our last post on the letter A, be sure to print out your letter B files to follow along. Letter B Lesson will be available free until July 21st 2017, at which point it will then become a $1 to help support the site.
Moving along we will assume you now have read the post on the letter A, have printed out your B files and practice sheets, and are ready to work! Today we are going to talk about Flourish. Have you heard the word? Flourish simply put, is the pretty little squiggles and lines added to a letter to make it look stylized. If you do a search for the term flourish it states, "noun noun: flourish; plural noun: flourishes
1. a bold or extravagant gesture or action, made especially to attract the attention of others."
I found this description funny and very accurate as this is exactly the point of using a flourish on your letters. Adding a flourish to your letters lets it set the mood of whatever message you are trying to convey. Look at page 2 of your B Lesson. You will see that we start working with some flourishes.
Perhaps you have seen a one page document or a story book where a very heavily flourished letter begins the story. Having a flourished and stylized handlettering can call attention to your note cards, stationary, journals and prints. Sometimes that first letter may even be another color. Sometimes an artist will begin each new line in a short phrase with a flourished letter. Here are some wonderful examples of flourished letters.
Now before going all crazy and trying to do these, understand that they took a lot of work and practice. Start out small with your lesson and work your way up to letters such as above. When you are ready to advance to something like above I suggest investing in a light table, and some tracing paper. Printing out an image like above you can adhere it to the light table, place your tracing paper over it and start trying to mimic the flow of the letter. Remember that the images of letters you find on the internet are more than likely copy-written materials and you will need to develop your own style should you wish to make a living doing hand lettering. However if it is for your own personal use than it is usually ok.
When working with your letter B practice sheets try varying the pressure of your pen when doing upward and downward strokes. This can change the look of the flourish and the feel of the letter. Using thinner lines can make it more elegant and using more bold lines can give a strong presence.
Flourish is also used between sentences, and added sometimes to an end letter or sentence to wrap around and include the front of the sentence, depending on the length of your message or line. It can also be used to create a border around your message.
I find that when I have a lot of work to do sometimes I don't always have the right art on hand or don't have the time to draw it myself. This is where buying art bundles for use is incredible. I can use a bundle like above from DesignCuts however I want because I make sure to buy a bundle that has an extended license. This gives me the creativity to create whatever I want with these items and resell them commercially. It also takes the guess work out of it because then all I need to do is focus on the design aspect. Most of these items, (packages) listed above usually sell individually anywhere from $10 to $30 a piece. Yet I got the 33 bundles above and if I were to minimize their individual cost down to say an $10 average that would be a minimum $330 in material that I can use and I got all the above for only $29. I buy from DesignCuts all the time and I love everything. I get tickled just coming up with ways to use this stuff. Stationary, geometric stationary, Art Deco stationary, animal stationary, cartoon stationary...
This week I needed to create some thank you cards. I have had a lot of opportunities to fill some out and have had to stop several times at the store to pick up some more but not anymore. Using the ART Deco package above, (did you know Deco is back in?) I created some really cool Art Deco Thank you cards with matching envelopes. Great Gatsby! was that fun! Now I can print out on card stock and paper and put together my own card for pennies whenever I want. I will never run out! I can't wait for the next bundle to come out. So many things and a million uses. What will you use it for? Share with us.
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