I want to thank you for the "How To Create Scroll Saw Patterns Using Adobe
Photoshop Guide". This should be required reading for anyone who wants to learn
how to use a scroll saw. I have been scrolling for over 10 years, and I have
bought books, read online tutorials, and watched videos on scroll sawing and
learned a lot, but this is the most informative guide I have ever seen. It
really makes it simple to make one of a kind pieces of art that I can call my
own. Your guide is very easy to follow, and it covers every aspect of the
pattern making process from start to finish. As my mother used to say, "You
Done Good Kid"
You are a true artist in every step of the way.
Thanks again, Tom :)
from Flint, Michigan writes:
"I believe you must have taken classes and/or courses on
graphic design or similar so you have learned these two programs. I have not,
so a program like PSP or Photoshop is way over my head in what it can all do.
Your guide takes the power of these two great programs and
simplifies it so a person like me can create and cut a wooden portrait whether
I know these programs or not.
As I told you this is a gift for my mother and now that
it's done my wife doesn't want to give it up!!!
Anyway, thanks again"
Here are the before and after pictures Ken sent me of his
(Click image for larger preview)
Here are more before and after pictures from Ken.
Wonderful work Ken!
This one made me laugh quite a bit. You gotta love kids!
from Urbana, Ohio writes:
"Man what a fantastic job you did with this tutorial. I put it
through some pretty tough pictures and the outcome was great. I really like the
way you have people taking out the back ground. Some of the other tutorials i
have done it was pretty tough to get it out of the way. The pen tool i never
would have thought to use it with psp. Great job man!! I would highly recommend
it to anyone trying to make patterns."
"...I am actually having people come to me and ask me to
do pictures for them at a cost. I never thought I would be doing this
hobby for money ..."
from San Antonio, Texas writes:
"You have created exactly what I have been looking
for. You have taken the complex, and made it simple.
The help files in Paint Shop Pro cover a large spectrum of
tasks. Most of the time the directions and explanations are confusing and not
really what I was looking for anyway. Its like I need a help file to understand
the help file.
You have taken all of that technical jargon, cut out the
clutter, and zeroed in on that specific information that is needed to make high
quality patterns for scroll saws from photos.
But you have also made it very easy to read and understand.
That's not to say its over simplistic, not at all, you simply have worded it in
more day to day language, providing illustrations and explanations as needed.
Which is especially helpful to those of us who just don't happen to be computer
But you have done more than just make the software program easy
to understand and use. You have also shared many of your techniques with us
through your tutorial. You have given a number of artistic suggestions on how
to bring out the detail from the photo, transfer it to the pattern, resulting
in a truly high quality piece of art vs just an interesting piece of craft
Things which may not seem significant to the naturally gifted
artist, but to someone like myself with limited artistic ability, they are
tremendous insights. It is quite obvious that you have put allot of thought
into this guide. Your years of experience, trial and error, frustration and
just plain hard work, condensed into 29 pages, is apparent on each and every
page. Thank you very very much for this guide. I can already see how a number
of portraits I have done in the past could have been much better.
Thanks again, your friend, Dale Beal
from Kingman, Arizona writes:
"Kerry, I've had time to read and digest the information in
Just what I've been looking for. I've always had problems with
tracing or drawing straight lines with the paint brush... Using the pen tool
has greatly allowed me to add greater detail to my patterns...this step alone
has made my patterns more realistic...Thanks for a great product."
from Lewisville, North Carolina writes:
"Thank you so much for this great tutorial on pattern making.
As you know, I've been working at this for some time with little success but
this has made me do a much better job and makes me feel I know a lot more about
what I'm doing. Thanks Kerry, you're the best."
from Colorado writes:
"I just had to let you know that I played with the program and
your guide and it turned out GREAT!! Thanks so much for putting into words I
could follow and understand so easily.
I am going to be a pattern making fool now."
from Pinehurst, Texas writes:
"Kerry this is great you have explained everything that I was
having trouble with. Thank you so much now I think I will do much better at my