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Star Action

I really am beginning to think I’m an a roll. So many ideas … so little time. I’m talking about creating Photoshop Actions. In the old days, I used to be a programmer … actually, make that more of a hack … in any case, when I would get into a groove, my house could fall down around me and I wouldn’t notice. I’d lose track of time and my family would be starving for dinner. I’d sit in front of the computer for so long, my body would just about freeze into that position. Well, it seems the old days are back. I’ve forgotten about dinner twice this week; my body is in pain from sitting in one position for too long; fortunately, my house is still standing.

This all started with my Crazy Dots Action. I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I had done any actions … almost a year. True, I did throw a simple one in during that time (Rainbow Dreams Action), but nothing that took a lot of work. So, September saw my Crazy Dots Action, October saw my Filigree Maker Action … and then I slowed down … or so it seemed. I really hadn’t, I was working on something during that time and it required me to drag out some old math books. I have always wanted to be able to create stars from my kit papers … good stars … quickly and easily. You see … doing all that rotating can leave gaps in your element, distort your paper, wreak havoc on your styles, etc. etc. etc. Long story short, I did it and I released it this past Wednesday — my Star Action. Here’s what the preview looks like.

This is something I think would come in handy for both the designer and day-to-day scrapper … plus it’s just plain fun to do. You can make both a 5 point star and a 6 point star … and they take only seconds to do. You don’t even have to use a paper … any sort of image would work as long as you can cover the triangle in the start file … very much like my Kaleidoscope Action. For example, I used one of my paintings to make this one.

Anyway, enough babble (did I mention I also don’t talk to folks much when I’m in the groove? I sometimes wonder if my voice will even work). Like my other products, you can find this at theStudio and my personal store for 30% off thru December 17th.

For support, there’s a thread in theStudio forum under my designer name where you can ask questions or just show off your creations. I have a couple of stars there that you can download for a closer look. I am also working on a video for this … hopefully to be finished this weekend.

Speaking of videos, I’ve been doing these a lot lately … especially explaining how a particular action works and giving tips on what all you can do with them and, especially, what to watch out for. Definitely be sure to subscribe to┬ámy YouTube Channel so you can get updates whenever I add something. It’s still a little sparse at the moment, but it’s growing.

That’s it for now … HUGS!!!

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