A Personal Art Kit (sometimes called PAK) is a collection of elements, usually papers and embellishments, for use within Artisan that are not in the proprietary “.pakit” format. These might be freebies, or elements you have created yourself, for example. In this tip the illustrations will be based on Day2Day Pixie Dust (formerly available from pixels2Pages.net), but the same method applies whatever the source of your elements.
There are two common methods of creating a Personal Art Kit. In this tip I will explain the method I consider to be the simplest. The other method will be described in an upcoming tip.
- Depending on the source of your elements, you may need to download them. If they are in .zip file format, you will need to unzip them.
- In Artisan 5 open the Content Manager.
- Click Create Art Kit.
- Choose a name for the kit (in this example Day2Day Pixie Dust).
- Choose the location for the kit. The location will be one of your library folders. Your screen will probably look different to mine. If you have not created any Library Folders of your own, choose the pre-installed folder called Personal Art Kits. (Click HERE for more on Library folders)
- Now it is time to import your elements into your personal art kit. Use the buttons at the top of the screen to import your elements. In this tip we will consider papers and embellishments only, as they are by far the most common elements.
- Click Paper to import papers into your personal art kit. Usually (but not always) papers are jpeg files. Papers are always rectangular or square and have no transparency. Navigate to the folder on your computer that you downloaded or saved your papers into. Select the papers in the collection and click Open.
- Click Embellishment to import embellishments into your personal art kit. Usually (but not always) embellishments are png files. Embellishmnents can be any shape and have varying levels of transparency. Navigate to the folder on your computer that you downloaded or saved your embellishments into. Select the embellishments in the collection and click Open.
- That’s all there is to it. Your kit is saved. Close the personal art kit by clicking the x, and your personal art kit will be available to use in your projects.
Points to note:
- Day2Day Pixie Dust is designed to complement Day2Day projects. However there are many elements within the collections that would be useful in many other types of projects.
- Many designers present their kits in multiple folders within folders. When importing your papers and embellishments, you will need to open each folder in turn to access all the elements.
- If you wish to add to an existing personal art kit rather than start a new one, select the kit in the library and then click Edit Art Kit.
- If you have inadvertently imported a paper into embellishments or vice versa, they are easily moved. Click here for instructions.
- Any element can be renamed or deleted from a personal art kit by clicking the drop-down arrow on each element and choosing the appropriate command.