Digital Scrapbooking 101
Would you like to try digital scrapbooking but don’t know
where to start?
Here is an easy guide to help you learn the basics.
Go from clueless to glueless!
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Step 1: You need photos on your computer.
If you have a digital camera this is easy! Download photos
from your camera to your computer following the instructions that came with your
camera. If you don’t have a digital camera, or if you have old photos, you need a scanner. Click here to learn about
Step 2: Choose your software.
There are two types of programs available to digital scrapbookers. To be
successful in digital scrapbooking you only need one type of program.
It is not necessary to have both.
1. A layout program - Some examples of these are My Memories Suite, Nova Scrapbook Factory Deluxe,
Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Designer Deluxe, and LumaPix FotoFusion.
Layout programs allow you to easily assemble pre-made graphics, photos,
and journaling for quick scrapbook layouts. Many layout programs do not
meet the criteria that digital scrapbookers need. Either they don't support
transparent PNG files, they are not capable of at least 200ppi for quality
printing, or they do not have the ability to place shadows.
2. A Photo Editing Program - Some examples of these are Adobe Photoshop,
Elements, Corel Paint
Shop Pro, Ulead Photoimpact,
and Microsoft Digital
Image Pro (earlier versions were called Picture It!). These are more
powerful programs for editing photos and they work well for creating digital
elements, but the learning curve is much higher. Google's Picasa
is a great, free program to edit photos as well. If you want a graphics
program, DSP recommends Photoshop
Step 3: Create your scrapbook pages.
Now its time to learn and have fun! If you have chosen one of the photo-editing
programs discussed above, please read about resolution
first, and then try some of our basic Tutorials
that will walk you through creating your first page as well as other techniques.
You may want to use Page
Kits, which you can download
on CD that will work with your program and teach you about layers
and how a basic page is put together. As you become a little more advanced,
make sure to check out all of our freebies in our freebies
gallery (you must be registered to view them). You can create your
pages in many different sizes.
Gather ideas for your pages and see the work of other scrapbookers in the
can also discuss scrapbooking ideas and topics with other scrapbookers in the
check out the Calendar
to participate in a chat,
crop, scrapalong, challenge, or more.
Step 4: Save your pages.
Taking the right steps to save your pages is important. To learn more
about saving, click here.
Step 5: Share your pages
Of course we want you to share your pages with us in our Gallery,
but you may want to also share them with friends and family in other ways.
Click here to learn about your printing options.
Click here to learn about other options to share
We hope we have convinced you to try digital scrapbooking.
If you need any further help, please Register
and post your questions in our Beginner
Forum or email CustomerService@digitalscrapbookplace.com.
Are you interested in taking a class that is more in depth?
Check out our DSU Classes!