Digital Scrapbooking Community News

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Understanding Print Preview in Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the standard for graphic editing and photo retouching. This also means that the number of options and functions it has might overwhelm the user. Photoshop's Print Preview is one of those. Photoshop gives you total control over the print options of your graphics, but knowing what they all mean can be a task, even for the experienced user. This quick rundown of the Print with Preview function of Photoshop will shed some light of the most important printing options.

Click here to see tutorial

Affordable gifts add deft touches to digital creativity

By Leonard FischerGannett News Service

Help friends and family make the most of digital photos, videos and music this holiday season with software, peripherals and stocking stuffers that will help get their creative juices flowing.
Here's a look at some fun, affordable suggestions. Many will appeal to kids and teens as well as moms and dads.

Article Quick Look below-- Click here to read full article

Suite deals
Software suites that include tools for enhancing, editing and sharing photos and videos are more powerful and easier to use than ever this year.

Perfect prints
Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Epson and others all sell inexpensive printers that let you quickly print 4-by-6 photo snapshots from the comfort of the home office or den, but HP gets a leg up on the competition this year with a new model that lets you print larger, 5-by-7 prints just as easily.

Art attack
Young artists or adults with a passion for the creative can turn digital photos into digital masterpieces with a software and hardware combination from Corel and Wacom.

Mobile music
Cell phone-addicted teens can save a bundle on downloadable ringtones by creating their own with some inexpensive software.

Comic creators
Two fun and easy-to-use programs let kids create their own comic books using digital images.

Scrapbook heaven
The holidays are a great time to capture digital memories. And software to help you showcase them makes a great gift.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Digi Scrapping hits CNN.com!

Scrapbooking goes digital
Friday, November 25, 2005; Posted: 10:24 a.m. EST (15:24 GMT)
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP)

..... Digital scrapbooking is a fast-growing offshoot of the $2.5 billion scrapbooking industry.
Motivated by the same desire to preserve memories as their traditional peers, digital scrapbookers use photo-editing software and other programs to arrange digital or scanned photographs, text and embellishments on their pages.

Finished pages can be printed and inserted in standard scrapbook albums, bound in hardcover coffee table-style books, burned to CDs and DVDs or shared through e-mail.
Last winter, Armstrong created a batch of pages covering her family's activities of the previous year and printed two copies, one for herself and one for her parents in Florida.
"There's no way I would've done a paper scrapbook to send them," she said. "Heck, I couldn't even do it for myself."

Some digital scrapbookers strive for realistic pages featuring digitally created ribbons, tags and other embellishments, such as shadows that give an appearance of depth. Others adopt a more artistic style by blending photos together, or they go for the cleaner, graphic style of magazine layouts and advertisements.
For many, the main appeal is flexibility: Photos and embellishments can be repositioned, resized or re-colored.

And while printing pages can be expensive, digitally created "papers" and decorations can be used over and over, and many coordinated kits can be downloaded for free from dozens of Web sites....

Read the entire article here

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Meredith Fenwick has a new CD out!

One of my all time favorite designers has put her first CD out with an AMAZING array of papers... the colors and textures are just so awesome! You can check it out here:

True Colors Paper Collection by Meredith Fenwick

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Fixing Chromatic Aberration (Color Fringing)

In photography, Chromatic Aberration is that purple or cyan color that sometimes outlines objects that are heavily backlit or over exposed. Chromatic aberration or "color fringing" is caused by the camera lens not focusing different wavelengths of light onto the exact same focal plane (the focal length for different wavelengths is different) and/or by the lens magnifying different wavelengths differently. These types of chromatic aberration are referred to as "Longitudinal Chromatic Aberration" and "Lateral Chromatic Aberration" respectively and can occur concurrently. The amount of chromatic aberration depends on the dispersion of the glass.

Read a technical explanation of what it is

And here's a tutorial on how to fix it, compliments of 2 Minute PhotoShop Tricks.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Making index prints using Win XP

If you put your photos, layouts, or digi kits on CD, this may be a good way to make an index print so that you'll know what's on your CDs at a glance...


How To Print Multiple Photo Layouts from Windows XP

From Sue Chastain,Your Guide to Graphics Software.
Windows XP has a built-in Photo Printing Wizard to help you print multiple photos in several common layouts. Windows will automatically rotate and crop the pictures to fit the layout you choose. You can also choose how many copies of each picture you want to print. The layouts available include Full Page Prints, Contact Sheets, 8 x 10, 5 x 7, 4 x 6, 3.5 x 5, and Wallet print sizes.

Read full tutorial here

Friday, November 04, 2005

Krylon introduces spray-on protectant for printed photos and scrapbook pages

Make Smiles Part of Your Family Legacy

--(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)--Weddings, graduations, family reunions, family vacations, birthdays -- all are milestones that offer many photo ops. The stories behind the smiles are rich and treasured. To help preserve their family histories, one in four Americans will scrapbook their memories this year. With these quick tips and today's technology, it's easy to capture your family history.

-- some content edited out, see below for article link --

To ensure long-lasting photo quality, archivists say you should protect images. That's why Krylon has introduced a spray-on digital photo and paper protectant called Preserve It!(TM), which doubles the life of digital photos. Preserve It! protects digital images from early aging and makes them resistant to moisture and fading. Easy-to-use Preserve It!, available in matte and gloss finishes, dries quickly, and its clear formula will not alter the finished photos. The spray also extends the life of images printed on the highest quality paper with the highest quality ink, and works on traditional photos, too. Use it to protect the written family history you've recorded, as well.

Click here to read the full article

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Teeth Whitening Tutorial

This is from the 2 Minute PhotoShop Tricks website... the tutorial is for PhotoShop but will probably work with Paint Shop Pro as well.

Click here for tutorial

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Quick Photoshop Tricks

Wednesday 02 Nov 2005
Many photo-editing tricks are simple to do – if you know how. We talk you through three common techniques for enhancing your work. Photoshop trickery doesn’t have to be tricky. Some of the techniques used in magazines, films, and on the Web are actually quite simple. These three techniques take minutes, and can be done in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

-- Burned-in portraits
The burned-in edge effect adds an amazing amount of warmth to your portraits, which is why it’s so popular with professional photographers. Once you’ve learned this simple technique, you’ll apply it all over your work.

-- Instant stock-photo effect
The “wild colour” effect is incredibly popular right now. In fact, there are entire collections of royalty-free stock photos that use this technique, and you often see it used in print ads, in magazines, and on the Web. It’s ideal for taking an otherwise boring image and using wild colours to make it trendy and interesting.

-- Painted-edges technique
This technique, where you essentially hide the photo and then paint it back in, is particularly popular with landscape and portrait photographers. It works well for so many different styles of photos though, so it has many uses.

To read the whole article/tutorial, click here.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

New Place to Print 12x12 - CHEAP!

Scrapbooking Company, ShinyNickels.com, Adds New Product Line and Gives it Away

(PRWEB) October 14, 2005 -- ShinyNickels.com, an online and physical scrapbooking company, has added scrapbooking paper and digital printing to their product line. Management decided on a novel new way to get the word out to the public about their new line and this relatively new company…give every consumer free paper.

Every customer that logs into ShinyNickels.com will receive $5 store credit towards their purchase. http://ShinyNickels.com has over 4,000 (yes, you read correctly) newly designed papers available in a myriad of color combinations designed to color match Bazzill paper, as well as many of the other major cardstock producers. In addition, ShinyNickels.com offers 12 X 12 digital printing for the up and coming digital scrapbookers out there, who have difficulty finding a place to print their pages. ShinyNickels.com offers a price so low, as to be an industry shocker! Prior to this product offering, consumers were left to seek out print shops or other online stores that offer the printing service for double the price, or more. ShinyNickels.com offers 12 X 12 printing for both $1.50 and $2.00 per sheet, depending upon the quality and weight of paper chosen by the customer.

Read the whole article here