I hope you are all enjoying Artisan 5 as much as I am. In just a few short months, I am totally in awe. Actually I fell in love almost immediately, but the key is that I am still in the “Honeymoon” stage.
There are many things that I love about Artisan. By far, the one tool that has had the most profound impact on my scrapping is the Outliner tool. The Outliner tool in Artisan 5 allows me to do many things that were just a dream in Artisan 4. Even though I was able to figure out a way to do certain things in Artisan 4, it would eat up precious time that I could have spent creating another page.
Here are just some of the reasons I love the Outliner tool, and why I think you should upgrade to Artisan 5 if you can.
- Shape Making Made Easy: As an Artisan 4 user, I was constantly pushing the limits of the software. I always found myself needing to create custom shapes in order to get the look I wanted. At times, this took a lot of manipulation. It also took quite a bit of time creating a custom shape point by point, trying to get smooth lines and crisp detail. It almost always took me several tries to get it right. In Artisan 5, with one click I can create a shadow copy of any shape. That copy can easily be saved in a personal art kit to use over and over again, applying them to my photo holders, mats and text boxes. For more information on Custom Shapes: Click here for Artisan 4. Click here for Artisan 5.
- Journaling On A Path/In A Shape: In Artisan 4, it is super easy to apply a shape to a text box. The problem arises when I need to apply a custom shape to a text box. (See #1) In Artisan 5, I simply create my shape with the click of my mouse and just as easily add text to the shape. And boy-oh-boy, I almost feel guilty adding text along the path of any shape because I almost do nothing. The Outliner tool does ninety percent (90%) of the work, creating a path for me and giving me the flexibility of adding creative features. For more information on Journaling on a Path: Click here for Artisan 4 (Note: Recorded using Storybook Creator 4, but instructions remain the same). Click here for Artisan 5. For information on Journaling in a Shape: Click here for Artisan 4. Click Here for Artisan 5.
- Sticker Outlines: As a traditional scrapbooker, I love the look of stickers. In Storybook Creator I had figured out a way to create the white borders around embellishments, resembling the white borders around sticker embellishment. By adding a glow to the elements, and then flattening it to another shape, and then using the wand tool to cut it apart, I could fill it with solid color and layer it behind the embellishment. In Artisan 4, I figured out a slightly less complicated version. In Artisan 5, it’s as simple as clicking the Outliner tool and adjusting my settings. For more information on bubble/sticker outlines: Click here for Artisan 4. Click here for Artisan 5.
- Creating Decorative Embellishments Using Shapes and Strokes: There are so many creative options available when you combine Outliner tool shapes and stroke options. I can experiment with compound style and stroke patterns for an infinite amount of possibilities. For more information on using shapes and outlines/strokes to create decorative elements on your pages: Click here for Artisan 4. Click here for Artisan 5.
If you are an Artisan 4 user, I encourage you to try out the offerings I linked to for Artisan 4, then check out the Artisan 5 offerings I linked to and see how Artisan 5 works. If you have a 64 bit computer, or plan to get one soon, I encourage you to upgrade to Artisan 5.
Artisan 5 users, be sure to revisit all of the offerings I have linked to and share your creations on our Facebook page. You are sure to love the Outliner tool as much as I do.