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« on: October 15, 2009 05:03:54 PM »

Hey guys,
I've always been a traditional scrapbooker, but with all the travelling ive been doig lately i've decided to go digital. I usually just make photobooks online, but they just aren't involved enough for me anymore.

Does anyone have some usful tips to get started??

I have a macbook and am planning on buying the (not so new anymore) iWORK '09 - which has the new photo software. I was also thinking about photoshop. Or is it better to get a specific scrapbooking program OR are there enough free things online??\

Sorry, i'm a bit lost with it all. It almost makes me think it would be easier spending all my money on ribbons, pretty papers etc Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2009 08:54:55 AM »

I do not know your level of computer'ing.  If you know your way around the computer pretty well and you are a serious scrapbooker than you could have an excellent setup with the following:

Adobe Creative Suite 4:
Photoshop - do your photo manipulations here
Illustrator - do your vector / graphic creating here
InDesign - create your layouts for print here
Flash - create your photobook here or in Dreamweaver

But I think that would be total overkill for someone who is just starting out to go digital. What exactly will you be doing?

Also if you go all digital, where will you store your files will it be for the public or private.

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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2009 10:47:39 PM »

Here's the best resource in the world for digital scrapbooking: http://www.digitalscrapbookplace.com/

I can't recommend it enough. I found it three years ago and fell in love. They have classes, tutorials and a large forum to teach you to become Somerset Studio level. Have you seen Somerset's new digital scrapbooking magazine. It's packed full of inspiration.

Photoshop Elements is the most popular right now for digital scrapbookers. You will find a lot of tutorials for it. I use Gimp and Paint.net. I have done a lot of scrapbooking with Paint Shop Pro. Those are the programs I love to work with. I also love Microsoft Digital Image Pro but MS stopped supporting it. So, it only has a cult following and not a lot of tutorials.

I hope that helps.

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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2009 09:13:38 PM »

thanks guys!!! I'll start looking at your suggestions and i' sure i'll be back soon with more questions Smiley

« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009 07:24:56 PM »

Yep, I have seen so many online scrapbooks and portfolios on the net and they are real good by the way! But, I myself would want things traditionally especially with life's memories. In my opinion, I would still go for those multi-colored papers, messy glue and colorful pens. LOVE  Cheesy.

« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2009 11:39:14 AM »

Honey, it just depends. I don't know what all that program does... I have a pc... but I used gimp for the longest time, and it's free. I made some BEAUTIFUL pages on it, too. Then I bought a little drag and drop program called Memory Mixer that I still use to put the albums together. I use photoshop to make my pages and some elements/papers, and I import them into Memory Mixer and make a cute album. Not what a power user would do, I'm sure.. but it works for what I want to do.Smiley

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