This is from the January 14, 2014 Q&A Webinar for Popup Card Studio - Part 1
Introduction to the NEW Popup Card Studios software from the makers of Make The Cut! - Part 1
Popup Card Studio 1.0.1 is used for demos in this Webinar.
There was no thread for questions on the Forum for the 01/14/14 Webinar because Make the Cut’s Popup Card Studio Version 1.0.1 was introduced at CHA and on the Make the Cut Forum on January 11, 2014. See this thread:
forum.make-the-cut.com/discussion/36575/new-software-popup-card-studio-v1-0/p1. Therefore the 01/14/14 Webinar was Andy showing the new software program and answering questions people had. PLEASE NOTE: At this time, PCS is only available in the Windows environment
These timestamps do not give every little option to each item but notes the general areas of the program and where Andy discussed them and the “options” available in that area.
00:00:00 Welcoming Remarks
00:01:55 Andy gives a brief explanation on how PCS came to be and shows some examples of some things he has done with PCS. The goal is PCS will be a “stand alone program”.
00:04:15 90 degree vs. 180 degree open card. 180 degree card is not complete and Andy is working on that. As a beginner, you will want to use the 90 degree card.
00:05:55 “width” and the “height” of card– width is the actual width of the card and “height” is ½ the height of the card (or the height of the card once folded).
00:06:30 “Program Preferences” features (these are global settings used throughout the entire program)
00:10:38 “Rendering Options”
00:12:55 Recommended that you get one with a mouse wheel in addition to the two mouse buttons.
00:13:45 PCS screen navigation using the mouse buttons and wheels as well as keyboard shortcuts
00:15:18 Using the Bezier Tool (the pen tool) in PCS.
00:22:00 “Split mirror” and “relative snap” options
00:23:22 “arched steps” feature
00:29:20 Using Text
00:38:35 Editing Plane and Presentation area, opening and closing card
00:45:55 Advanced View Settings – Anti-Alias drawings, saving settings, splitting to multiple view windows
00:49:55 Text and creating anchors to anchor the text. Changing planes and shortcut to do so (hit spacebar); knowing when you are on the correct plane and item selected when you see yellow highlighted lines
00:52:50 Importance of dashed red and blue lines; using autoquad 2 point rec to quickly create anchor points with Bezier tool; creating platform across full word rather than anchor on each letter
01:00:00 reviews all of the different “quad” options available for creating the anchor points;
01:06:30 Using the “D” key to quickly select an item and move to the plane it is on; using the shift and control key with arrows to quickly navigate up or down the planes
01:09:45 Eraser tool; size of eraser, straight line, smoothing, inverse eraser, snapping or relevant snapping
01:12:48 Placing text in other places on the card not just on the bottom by placing it on a “platform;” expanding the “platform” for wider text
01:22:08 Where you find your “basic shapes”; adding or deleting your own shapes and folders inside your “Basic Shapes”
01:25:13 Online content – including the PCS Gallery when it becomes available (please check your files and make sure they cut correctly before uploading to the online gallery for sharing)
01:29:00 Andy reviews the tools on the bottom of the PCS screen which include several of the same ones from MTC (flip, mirror, rotate, split, layer, break, blackout, shadow, weld, Boolean join) as well as two new additional tools “hinge” and “fold back”.
01:41:52 Understanding the “Z order” of shapes and moving them up or down to give a higher priority to a shape (Note: this is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to understand to work in 3-d). Click on the “Z” key once to toggle on the numbers assigned to the selected shape
02:05:20 How to make the red and blue dash lines show up better
02:10:27 How to create an anchor on an angle like on a roof;
02:20:00 Using “Global Operations” to change the size of the project or move objects or skew them once placed on the project (to create a leaning tower for example)
Continued Presentation in a Part 2 Video of 01/14/14 Webinar.
Additional Tutorials and Information available for learning to use PCS:
See SusanBlueRobot’s Help and Tutorial Videos found here: susanbluerobot.com/2014/01/getting-to-know-your-pop-up-card-studio.html as well as Rob from Scrappydew.com’s videos here: scrappydew.com/popup-card-studio/ and his “Quick User Guide” (both interactive and/or PDF version) here: scrappydew.com/popup-card-studio/help/. There is also a PCS Yahoo Group with written tutorials by Julie Flanigan which can be found here: groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/pcs_tuts/info