Sunday, 26 August 2012

Fun With Filter Effects - a CraftArtist Professional Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

I've finally managed to get together another tutorial for Serif's CraftArtist Professional. It's taken a while as other things have occupied my time, but "Fun With Filter Effects" is now available to view. 

Excuse my scratchy voice - this was about the 8th attempt at it today. :-)

My apologies but it is rather a long one, over 30 minutes, so have your beverage of choice to hand, be it coffee or tea, or even a G&T, and perhaps a snack or two to stave off the hunger pangs. :-)

This time the focus was on using the Filter Effects in CraftArtist. This wonderful box of tricks is amazingly great fun to play with - the little squeaks, and oohs and aahs as I play with it are quite amusing, according to my Other Half. You can certainly get totally lost in time.

There is so much you can do when you get into the flow, and I want to show that it is actually very easy to make up your own lovely effects. 

Perhaps, like me when I first started using the Serif software, you've looked at the Filter Effect box and thought it looks far too complicated and difficult to use. Scary!

Most people have probably used Bevel and Embossing and some basic 3D effects.

However, if you delve in deeper and have fun moving sliders, changing values and keep an eye on how these things change your selected item, you will find that you come up with your own, unique effects. You can keep going for as long as you like - so many different combinations - just keep experimenting!

Having come up with your lovely effects I also show you how to save them away, ready for use whenever you want them.

As with my previous tutorials, there is an accompanying PDF file (download here), with screen captures of all the salient points.

The use of Filter Effects has been mentioned on the DaisyTrail forums quite a lot recently. Some members have already created Effects to share with us, among these being trulytango - the "Effects Queen" to my mind  :-) (various on her blog), mazza1950 (Crazy Effects), and summersara72 (Gemstones Effects).

The idea for the tutorial was triggered when I made a page and wanted an effect for a frame that would tone in with the colours of our cat's coat.

Created in CraftArtist. Kit used is Rhonda's Steampunk-ish. The clusters came in the kit – I can't take any credit for someone else's work. But the frame is mine – completely from scratch!

I do hope you enjoy the video and/or the PDF tutorial, and find them useful. I'd be interested in any feedback so that future ventures can be tweaked if needs be. 

If you have any problems or queries then please do leave a note in the comments or contact me on DaisyTrail.

When watching the video, if you find the view looks blurry, go to the "Change Quality" setting, the little cog at the lower right of the screen, at the opposite end to where you maximise / minimise the screen, and push it up to 1080p HD. That sharpens things up.

Other tutorials for Craft Artist, and DSA2, can be found on the Serif You Tube Channel, and also on the Daisytrail website here




Anonymous said...

Great tutorial, Karen. Going to play now. It really helped explain a lot of things. Thank you.
Donna(Turtle18 on DT)

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 1 post on Aug. 26, 2012. Thanks again.

Kappy2 said...

I always learn so much from your tutorials. Now if I can just get up the courage to move those dots around in the graph boxes!!!! Thank you very much for your time and effort.

Catherine said...

Karen, thank you very much for posting this tutorial and for posting the link in Serif Craft Artist Users Group. It's very reassuring to know that I am not the only one who doesn't know what everything means in the filters box! Somehow or another it had never occurred to me to save any effect I created so I am really grateful for that prompt too.

Catherine x

Betty said...

Thank you so much for this Karen it will be most helpful.
I will have to watch it more carefully again, when I’m not trying to keep an eye on Michael Collins at the same time lol.....not a good mix methinks.
As for the answer to your question I don’t know it but maybe????? when I watch it next, it will be a lot for me to take in.

Mistys Mum said...

Thank you Karen for this tutorial. I have just finished watching it - your instruction was clear & I am definitely off to try this. I have also saved the pdf file.