Tuesday, February 28, 2017

More than one way to .............


can't finish this saying (since I am a cat lover), but you know what I am talking about.  Thanks to Shakeya Levell-Pericles who commented on last video, there is another way to accomplish same thing.  I run through it in the video below "and" show how to insert pattern instead of color on one of the balloons, plus combine them to make another cut file.  Several tips in this video as well as I run into some unexpected issues and show you ways to correct them.  Hope it is useful


Monday, February 27, 2017

Quick tutorial and explanation of how to get rid of black box

I just did a quick video on why and how to get rid of black box around items you colorize in Silhouette Studio, primarily in my case for cut and print (stickers of course).  I have tried to isolate this technique so it is not buried in a longer video.  The link to the bundle I got this image from is here: http://bit.ly/2kStSjX

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Hope this doesn't confuse anyone,

but I tried to extract/unzip the Big Floral Bundle from Hungry JPEG and walk you through how to do that, as usual, I meandered off the path quite a bit as things occurred to me.  By the time I got to the Hummingbird, my brain was numb, and  I kept trying to ungroup when I meant to "Release Compound Path" to show you how to delete trash around a trace line.  But since there is more than one way to do things, I reverted to the technique of just deleting edit points.  Not sure there is anything of value here, but hope there is.  I am too pooped to be objective at the moment.

Digital Flower Arranging in Silhouette Studio for sticker making

I will probably do several of these videos showing how to combine elements to make new images, in this case floral arrangements.  Through this process, you learn a lot, most I have included in previous videos, but it is through repetition of the process we get adept at working with the wonderful tools in Silhouette Studio.  Hope you enjoy it:




Saturday, February 04, 2017

Extraction from images creating whole new one

In my last post, I said I would make another video to show you how I used an image from the Hungry JPEG September bundle that came in the "Pumpkin Season" file (lots of great stuff here for fall), but there are some items that are seasonless, pretty watercolor hearts and foliage that can be for any season.  One image caught my eye:
I loved this cat because it reminded me of my adorable cat "Pepper" :

So got some ideas for extracting that cat and using it for some pretty stickers, here is the video I made
including several mistakes I walk through, hope it doesn't bore you, but I learned a few things as I do every day and maybe there is something in here that can work for you too:


Faux Quilting in Silhouette Studio using September Bundle

For those of you who purchased the re-release of Hungry JPEG September Bundle, you might be able to play along with me while I demonstrate how to do even more with these images.  The September bundle will only be available for a short time and has so many goodies in it.  You can use the tips/techniques I cover in this video for many images which you might already have, so have fun:


I quickly reviewed this September bundle last year when it first came out and you can see that posting here:
http://paulinesstuff.blogspot.com/2016/09/hungry-jpeg-september-bundle-and-making.html

Stay tuned for another quick (I hope) video on how to get even more from your images, I will be using the "Pumpkin Season" graphics again from the September Bundle, but wait till you see how I use this image, you won't believe it came from the fall season images when you see it, hint, if you are a cat lover, you might especially love it.  





Thursday, February 02, 2017

Free watercolor background Patterns and how to use them in Silhouette Studio

This week Hungry JPEG is offering "free" lovely watercolor background patterns, you can see them here:  

I have created a quick video showing how to download, extract (unzip), get them into Silhouette Studio library, and use them for print and cut projects.



Here is a quick pic of them:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Run don't walk to take advantage of this opportunity

I emailed the wonderful folks at Hungry JPEG regarding some of my most favorite and hugely economical bundles that had expired.  At the time, they said they could not make them available and I was so disappointed.  It often takes me some time when I make a purchase to use the items and be able to post about them in a timely manner.  I hate it when the bundles are no longer available when I post how I have used them.  I am happy to announce my ALL TIME FAVORITE Mia Charo Bundle is now available here.



 I bought it in February 2016 and it is my favorite.  It is only $15 and if you like florals, banners, and much, much more you will love this bundle, if you tweet, you can also get 10% more off.  Here are the links to my blog postings where I have used graphics from the Mia Charo bundle.  In one post I apologized that it was no longer available, BUT now it is for 30+ days.

http://paulinesstuff.blogspot.com/2016/07/ready-to-make-more.html

http://paulinesstuff.blogspot.com/2016/07/another-card.html

http://paulinesstuff.blogspot.com/2016/07/another-card-and-another-sticker-sheet.html



I posted about this bundle here: http://paulinesstuff.blogspot.com/2016/09/hungry-jpeg-september-bundle-and-making.html

I will be soon making a video on "Flower arranging in Silhouette Studio" and will use floral elements from these and other bundles.  The video will show how to get the graphics onto mat, how to trace, crop to create a nice tight cut graphic, how to get more from each graphic using shader effect tools, and how to combine many elements for a new bouquet, etc.  plus lots of tips.   Just playing with this flower arranging  will show you how much can be done with the software.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

How to use IRFANVIEW to resize a whole file of pictures automatically

Before I got my current laptop which has 12 Gig of RAM my old laptop had only 4 Gig, and I had difficulty using the latest version of Silhouette Studio, I also had a challenge when using very big files.  Most of you know I love the images I have bought from Hungry JPEG to make stickers, and the images are very large sizes.  The large size is useful if you are printing posters, etc, but for my use to create stickers, I do not need that size and I found that the older versions of the Silhouette Studio I was using (newest versions did not play well with my laptop), also had difficulty using large size images.  So using a free software called IRFANVIEW, I have learned how to very easily and quickly resize a whole file of images by a certain percent, i.e., in this case reduce by 50%.  This video walks you through how to do this if you have a similar need/desire.