Digital Scrapbooking Community News

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Monday, January 30, 2006

NAPP Launches Photoshop Killer Tips Daily Video Podcast

January 30, 2006

Straight from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), comes " Photoshop Killer Tips, an exciting new daily video Podcast featuring Photoshop ® Guru Matt Klowkowski, one of the co-hosts of the top-rated weekly Adobe® Photoshop show " Photoshop TV" (http://www.photoshoptv.com).

This new video Podcast is short and sweet, with each daily segment only one to two minutes in length, but each episode is packed with nothing but the coolest Photoshop tips, tricks, timesaving shortcuts, and easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorials. Subscribe (for free) to Photoshop Killer Tips at http://www.photoshopkillertips.com . (New episodes are posted each weekday.)

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

How to create an animated GIF with Photoshop Elements

By Stephen Regenold

Products used: Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Time needed: 15 minutes.

Photoshop Elements is a powerful image-editing program, but its capabilities extend beyond photo touch-up. By combining the program's advanced layering options with the built-in animation tools, you can quickly create a GIF animation for use in a computer slideshow or on the Web.

Click here for tutorial

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

"Digital Illusions Explained - High Quality Training Resources"

Here's another new discovery by my friend Melinda...

http://www.wz2k.co.uk/index.php

Digital Illusions Explained offers the creative user all the help s/he could possibly need to develop the all important skills and knowledge needed for a career in graphic and web design.
You will benefit from exclusive video and PDF training material that covers many of the industry standard design applications and technologies; such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Macromedia Dreamweaver, PHP/MySQL integration, etc.

Not only do we offer the large array of free downloads, but also a range of topical and useful sites, programs, articles and information on this news page. New in 2005 are the Premium Downloads that offer a cost effective range of high quality video training.

We hope you'll enjoy your stay and develop your knowledge with expert help and support freely available on the forum.

Pages to note:

Downloads -- Training and PhotoShop Actions/Styles
http://www.wz2k.co.uk/pages/downloads/index.php

Articles -- Various articles on book reviews, photography, and software reviews
http://www.wz2k.co.uk/pages/articles/index.php

PhotoShop Tutorials Forum
http://www.wz2k.co.uk/vb/forumdisplay.php?s=72ffbfe4b15770e7a7102e96f712d9a6&f=9

Alien Skin ships Exposure PS plug-in

Now that you've gone digital... go back to film again!!

Alien Skin Software today released Exposure, a new plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and other compatible host programs. Exposure brings the look and feel of film to digital photography. Digital photographers can simulate current and discontinued film stocks, as well as recreate their signature look as a one-click effect. Exposure also simulates darkroom and studio effects such as push and cross processing.

Read entire article here

Monday, January 23, 2006

Plugs 'N Pixels - Image Creation, Manipulation, and Education

This is a new website that someone on my local Digiscrap list posted (thanks Melinda!) I haven't had time to check it out yet, but here's what it says:

Welcome to Plugs 'N Pixels! Our goal is to help you quickly and easily navigate the seemingly endless list of creative software and related titles currently available, in what we hope is one of the most organized and visually appealing formats on the internet. Use this one-stop source of information to compare features and prices as well as reading user forum comments before making any purchasing decisions. Browse the software titles by functionality or by developer, using the links below. Either way, you'll get the information you need more quickly and easily than from any other source! Be sure to stop by often as new material is added regularly. And don't miss the free ezine!

Check it out:
http://www.plugsnpixels.com/

These pages list plug-ins for all KINDS of stuff!

http://www.plugsnpixels.com/imageeffects.html
http://www.plugsnpixels.com/imageenhancement.html

Free Photo and Video Courses

"Since I have three little anklebiters, I tend to take an embarassing amount of pictures. CNET’s Photo and Video Clinic is the very thing I need to take my photography to the next level. This hub of content includes free courses (registration required) on how to make a good digital movie, how to touch up your digital photos, and how to share online those cute photos of your half-nekkid kid running in the sprinkler. — Wendy Boswell"

Read article here
or check it out:
http://www.cnet.com/4520-11484_1-6365898-1.html?tag=txt

Download of the Day: Microsoft Research Group Shot

Now THIS is interesting!!!

Windows only: New software Microsoft Research Group Shot merges the best areas of similar group photographs to make one picture where everyone’s smiling and looking at the camera with their eyes open.

Read entire article and see screen shots here
or check it out:
http://research.microsoft.com/projects/GroupShot/

Colorize your black and white photos

Not sure how useful this will be to you, but what the hey. Here it is...

Software Recolored makes colorizing your black and white photos a relatively simple task.
To add color to a photo, all you have to do is add markings to the different regions of the image, indicating how it should be colorized. Then click the Colorize button and let the software do the rest.

Recolored is free for non-commercial use, Windows only.

Read entire article and see screen shots here

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Book Review - The Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book by Elizabeth Bulger

Digital Art and Design

Diane Cipollo BellaOnline's Digital Art and Design Editor

Book Review - The Adobe Photoshop Elements Crafts Book by Elizabeth Bulger

Author:Elizabeth Bulger
ISBN: 0321368967
Publisher: Peachpit Press

Books applying graphic software to craft projects aren't very numerous. Perhaps this is because authors of books about graphic software aren't familiar with traditional crafts. But when I opened this book, it was immediately evident by the way the material was presented that Elizabeth Bulger is at least familiar with traditional crafting; if not a crafter herself. Throughout her book, crafters will recognize the same simple presentation as found in craft books of all kinds.

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After a brief introduction to the software, Bulger offers a variety of fourteen projects which can be created using Photoshop Elements 3 or 4. Written from the traditional crafter's point of view, each project is an opportunity to practice new techniques.

Read the rest of the article here

Friday, January 20, 2006

Adobe PhotoShop Elements 4 - Computeractive Review

Adobe has tailored its mid-range photo editor to its target enthusiast market

Ratings
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Average user rating: Not rated yet

Verdict
Good Points: Automatic quick fix; object extraction and blemish removal; auto straightens shots
Bad Points: Smart Fixed photos not always improved; switching views can be slow
Improvements: make digital photo touch-up even easier but there are cheaper options

Simon Williams, Computeract!ve 16 Jan 2006

Photoshop Elements started life as a cut-down version of the professional Adobe Photoshop, catering for a less exacting audience on a budget. With version 4, Adobe has focused more on digital photographers.

Click here to read full article

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Lasting Impressions Announces Winter Wonderland Event

Retreat for Company's Top Retailers Offers a Unique Educational Opportunity
SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/

Lasting Impressions for Paper,Inc., recently held Winter Wonderland 2006, the company's first annual education conference for its top retailers. The event took place on January 13 and 14 at the Salt Lake City Downtown Marriott hotel and featured classes, hands on workshops and training sessions designed to help scrapbooking stores learn how to enhance their businesses. Attendees also got a sneak peek at Lasting Impressions' latest products, ranging from traditional scrapbooking to digital solutions.

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The company also educated retailers about the digital market, including hands-on demos of MemoryMixer, their new, consumer-oriented software that engages more of the senses than traditional paper scrapbooking or even early digital solutions. The product allows people to combine digital video, digital sound, digital photos, computer graphics, typewritten text using their fonts, narration capabilities and scanned memorabilia into a multi-media experience. The workshop training was designed to help retailers understand and prepare for the future digital market.

SOURCE Lasting Impressions for Paper, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.lastingimpressions.com

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

A good cause...

One of my fellow designers has a fundraiser going to donate money to a grief counseling organization, in memory of her friend's little baby who just passed away. Please take a moment to check it out if you like...

http://alishahess.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 12, 2006

More Digi in the News

Digital Scrapbooking

January 11, 2006
If you think paper and glue when you hear "scrapbooking," you should think again. Many scrapbookers have gone high-tech. They have said goodbye to piles of paper and cutouts; they use digital cameras and computers to preserve their family histories and organize their memories. Lisa Vaughn of Studio D in Naperville has some tips for scrapbookers who are ready to give up their scissors.

Read entier article here

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Katrina survivor reunited with photo album

Not related to digital scrapbooking, but I thought it was a good story...

State News, USA
Melissa Domsic
www.statenews.com
11 Jan. 2006

Kaysi Higgins came to Lansing in October with clothes for three days, a toothbrush and not much else.

Photo albums and other belongings back home had been ruined when hit and split the ceiling of her New Orleans home, but she still had an album that held pictures from as far back as her baby years.

Higgins, 16, lost the album in MSU’s Main Library but got it back Tuesday after an MSU police staff member tracked her down using clues from the photos.

Read entire article here

Software training podcasts debut in HD

Wednesday January 11, 06:43 PM
By Jonny Evans

Total Training has announced a series of High Definition training podcasts. The Total Training Guru Lounge is a series of video podcasts featuring the company's software training evangelists. Episodes include tips and tricks for popular software applications from Adobe and Apple, as well as other topics of interest to viewers.

Brian Maffitt, a visual effects guru, will serve as the podcast host. Deke McClelland, accomplished author of Photoshop training books and member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame will appear as the first guest on the show. In Episode 1 viewers will discover new ways to make photos look like line art, while subsequent episodes will explore fun projects for special occasions, software secrets, and more.

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Do Burned CDs Have a Short Life Span?

John Blau, IDG News Service Tue Jan 10, 8:00 AM ET

Opinions vary on how to preserve data on digital storage media, such as optical CDs and DVDs. Kurt Gerecke, a physicist and storage expert at IBM Deutschland, has his own view: If you want to avoid having to burn new CDs every few years, use magnetic tapes to store all your pictures, videos and songs for a lifetime.

"Unlike pressed original CDs, burned CDs have a relatively short life span of between two to five years, depending on the quality of the CD," Gerecke says. "There are a few things you can do to extend the life of a burned CD, like keeping the disc in a cool, dark space, but not a whole lot more."

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Intriguing Development has announced iRemember 1.5.

The product is a page layout application that turns digital photos into personalised scrapbooks. iRemember offers multiple features for preserving and sharing image collections wothout needing .Mac.
It offers opacity controls, JPEG export to send scrapbook pages within emails and Photoshop-like command keys.
Existing features include image cropping, resizing, rotation and add shadow effects. The software includes clip art, templates, borders, backgrounds, and a clip art browser.
iRemember version 1.5 is a free download-only upgrade that should ship by the end of the month. The software costs $49.95.

Originating link

FX Foto Press Release

NOTE: FxFoto has a free standard edition that does organizing and lots of editing for free. It can be downloaded from our website at http://www.fxfoto.com/. The organizing tool is somewhat like Picassa but the FxFoto free version has many more editing tools including a clone brush.

There is also a version for digital scrapbooking called FxFoto Creative which although it isn't free, is fairly inexpensive and is sold at Scrap Outside the Box.

Media Contact:
Susan White
Triscape Inc.
603-890-9200 Ext. 205
email: swhite@triscape.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Triscape Introduces FxFoto Creative Edition for Digital Scrapbooking

Windham, NH, January 10, 2006 – Triscape, Inc. has released a new edition of its popular FxFoto photography software for the digital scrapbooking market. FxFoto Creative Edition provides a unique blend of photo organization, editing and layout capabilities with all the tools needed for creating beautiful scrapbook pages digitally. It is designed to be easy to use while providing advanced creativity tools.

Digital scrapbooking is an exciting new segment of the $2.5 billion scrapbooking market, feeding on the rapidly growing demand for digital cameras. Scrapbooking is the third most popular craft in the US and digital scrapbooking provides easy and cost effective means for creating, archiving and duplicating stunning layouts without paper, scissors or paste. A large number of talented digital designers supply beautiful and often photo-realistic digital scrapbooking kits with background images and embellishments that replace the paper elements used in traditional scrapbooking. FxFoto Creative comes with a selection of ten digital kits and hundreds of backgrounds from top designers. It supports virtually all digital scrapbooking kits from third parties. FxFoto Creative allows scrapbooking retailers to tap this emerging market of new digital scrapbookers and increase sales to customers who need photo editing or want to experiment with digital techniques.

FxFoto Creative supports a wide variety of image and text effects in a single easy-to-use application. Partial transparency allows translucent photos and embellishments that can be rotated to any angle. In addition to rectangular and oval cropping, it provides a Cutters Library of special crop patterns such as butterfly and tag shapes. Crops can be feathered to blend into the background. Adjustable drop shadows can be applied to non-transparent portions of any photo or element. Curved, wavy, rounded corner, circular and even dialog balloon text can be added for impressive journaling effects. Over fifty advanced filter effects such as oil painting, distress and spot glow add artistic flair to photos or layout elements. Other advanced photo editing tools include auto-improve, spot improve, blemish removal, plus clone and color brushes. FxFoto Creative allows for flexible free-form layouts without the complexity of layer-oriented applications. Users can also choose from a number of drag-and-drop theme templates to quickly generate scrapbook pages.

Unlike most photo editing software, FxFoto integrates an easy visual organizer for photographs and graphic elements. Users can scroll through all of their photos and scrapbooking kits in a single animated pane and then click or drag selected images into layouts.

FxFoto Creative Edition runs with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP and is available for $49.95 from selected retailers and the Triscape web site at http://www.fxfoto.com/.
Evaluation copies are available upon request.

About Triscape
Triscape, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is located in Windham, New Hampshire, 35 miles north of Boston. The company is privately held and specializes in graphics software. Triscape can be reached at www.fxfoto.com, 603-890-9200, or 25 Indian Rock Road #444, Windham, NH 03087.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Digital scrapbookers utilize latest in technology

By JILL SHERMAN, DAILY SUN

THE VILLAGES - They would never know the actual content of the torn-off picture corner. Scrapbookers watched intently, though, as a computer whiz filled that missing link with his own interpretation of what may have been there.James “Stue” Stueber presented “Photo Restoration Using Adobe Photoshop Elements” to The Villages Digital Scrapbooking Club Tuesday at Mulberry Grove Center.

James “Stue” Stueber presented “Photo Restoration Using Adobe Photoshop Elements” to The Villages Digital Scrapbooking Club Tuesday at Mulberry Grove Center.

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Brush up on photo editing with free programs

January 1, 2006


Most digital cameras come with basic software that helps organize and manipulate photos. But those programs tend to be limited. Before you spend a fortune rectifying the problem, check out free programs. Some are excellent.
Here are four to get you started:

1. Photo organizer. So where did you put that picture of the elephants? You may have thousands of pictures on your computer's hard drive. Finding the one you want without a good organizer like Google's Picasa2 can be problematic.
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2. Advanced image editing. Adobe Photoshop CS2 is extremely popular with professional and serious amateur photographers. But its $650 price tag leaves it out of range for many. That's where GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) comes into play.
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3. Easy image editing. Advanced editors are great, but sometimes all you want to do is click a button to remove red eye. Paint.net (www.eecs.wsu.edu/paint.net; Windows only) makes it easy to remove red eye, crop images, change image size and create really cool effects. And you won't have to take a class to figure it all out.
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4. Stitch it up. Have you ever wished you could piece together a series of shots, like a mountain range or parade, into one large picture? AutoStitch (www.cs.ubc.ca/(tilde)mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html; Windows only) will take multiple pictures of a scene and create a two-dimensional panorama.
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