Digital Scrapbooking Community News

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Adobe unveils Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Mac

Jim Dalrymple
MacCentral Mon Feb 27, 12:01 AM ET

Adobe on Monday will unveil the latest release of Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Mac, the company’s consumer-level photo-editing application. Elements 4.0 includes many new features that will help consumers with their everyday photo needs. Adobe also said the application was not being released as a Universal Binary for Intel Macs because of time constraints.

Many of the tools included in the new release allow Elements users to accomplish tasks that would have required painstaking work in the past.

To read entire article, click here

Monday, February 27, 2006

New FREE site to advertise your kits

Here's a new site that I just heard about... supposedly offers free advertising, posting of kits and sales, etc.

http://www.digitalscrapads.com/

DizTeq review of Memory Mixer

Color Memory Mixer
by Lasting Impressions for Paper

Memory Mixer by Lasting Impressions for Paper (www.memorymixer.com) is a solid solution for the novice digital scrapper, especially one coming from a traditional paper scrapbook background. The application can be used to create the usual paper layout styles, but it also allows the user to incorporate multimedia features, creating CD and DVD slide shows with music, narration, movies and even Web hotspots. Layouts can be output for home printing, or for uploading to commercial book and photo printing.

Memory Mixer was created by the folks at Lasting Impressions, along with StoryRock, the world's largest provider of digital yearbook technology for schools. This influence can be felt from the instant you install Memory Mixer - the graphical interface is streamlined, and yes, a little cutesy, but not too sweet.

Memory Mixer is NOT an full-featured image editor. It's more of a page layout tool, with multimedia interactivity added. You won't be creating your own components in Memory Mixer, but you can do a bang-up job assembling pages with the included resources, or your own files.

Memory Mixer stores layouts in "albums" which can consist of one or more layout pages. Open the application and you will see this dialog - choose Mix to start a new album, Open to open an existing album you've already saved, Shop to search online for additional products (not yet enabled on the sneak preview version I reviewed) and Visit to go directly to the Memory Mixer site. While "in your face" advertising might be inappropriate in a more mainstream image editor - it's a welcome necessity in a scrapbook tool!

To see screen shots and full review, click here

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Expert's tips put digital photography in focus

Kristen's note: I don't like the comment about not using the LCD as a viewfinder because it'll result in blurry pictures. Sure, holding the camera up to your face puts your arms in a better position to hold it steady, but he doesn't explain that, he just says LCD will give you blurry pictures. I guess you have to buy his courses to get the rest of the story. Anyway, on to the article.

Saturday, February 11, 2006
By ABIGAIL LEICHMANSTAFF WRITER

We asked Jim Miotke, author of "The Better Photo Guide to Digital Photography" (Amphoto, $24.95), for some basic how-to info.

Want more? Sign up for one of his 50 online courses at betterphoto.com.

Q. What are the basics of taking great pictures?

The easiest way to make a photo jump out is simply to move in closer to your subject.
Don't use the LCD screen as a viewfinder. Even though it feels more comfortable, your pictures will turn out blurry because of camera shake. This is accentuated with telephoto shots, because it's hard to hold the camera steady without a tripod.
For scenic nature photography, the best time of day is a half-hour before and after sunrise. That's when you get the magic light. Photographing people right as the sun is setting produces a wonderful glow. Turn in the opposite direction from the sun and use that pink light.
When photographing kids, take many, many pictures. On a good day, it takes seven to 10 exposures to get one that really works.

For more questions and answers, read the entire article here

Friday, February 17, 2006

Netherlands Debuts First “Video” Stamp

Well, this is just crazy... video stamps?? Thanks to Lorraine for pointing this one out...

The next big thing?

By Michelle@Scrapability

Okay, this has surely got to have an application to scrapbooking in the forthcoming future. Via the Gizmodo blog, the Netherlands has video stamps - yes you heard me correctly - thin pieces of plastic with videos on them. And each stamp only costs €.39.

The new technology is called Lenticular secure printing, and you can learn a little bit more about it here. So, my question is - if we can now put short videos onto our postage stamps, how long will it be before a Postal site, or similar allows you to upload digital video segments to print onto thin plastic for ourselves? And after that happens, how applicable will those be to inserting onto a scrapbooking album page?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Introducing Smilebox

Stumbled across this company listed in a Forbes article... looks kinda neat. You can sign up for their beta coming out in March...

From their website:

Smilebox™ is an exciting new service that makes it easy for people to connect with friends and family in a more creative and compelling way. Unlike existing solutions that focus on organizing, editing and sharing photos or sending pre-packaged greetings, Smilebox enables users to create something truly powerful by choosing from hundreds of unique, multimedia designs, easily personalizing them with their photos, music, words and style and then sharing them via print or email.
Smilebox creates a new category of service called "creative messaging," which draws from related categories including photo services, scrapbooking and greetings; delivering a new medium for communication that is unparalleled in its ability to convey mood, thought and emotion.
In consumers' words, Smilebox makes it easy to be creative, it is a significant timesaver, is highly personalized and is an excellent value -- There is nothing quite like it.

http://www.smilebox.com/

Free Photo Book

MyPublisher.com is apparently offering a free photo book... don't know if there's a catch, but here it is..
http://www.mypublisher.com/associations/bz0705/index.php?assoc=bz0705

Update thanks to Lorraine:
The catch is that you have to buy a book... so it's like a "buy 1 get 1 free" thing...

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Scrapped - The Movie

A movie about scrapbooking... whoever would have thought? LOL! This looks totally funny. And, you can get the graphics used on the website for free by going to the blog he mentioned.

Be sure to watch the promo movies!

http://www.scrappedmovie.com/

Monday, February 06, 2006

Paint Shop Pro X - Computeractive Review

Paint Shop Pro X
A brand-new makeover for an old-faithful photo editing package



Ratings
Overall rating: 4 Stars
Ave. user rating: 5 Stars

Verdict
Good Points: New learning palette; automatic 'fixes'; handy tools

Bad Points: Expensive compared with its rivals

Much improved ease of use makes this a very attractive upgrade, but it's still more expensive than many of its rivals

Read entire article here

Digital Film Tools Releases Snap for Adobe Photoshop

(PRWEB) - (PRWEB) February 6, 2006

Digital Film Tools releases Snap for Adobe Photoshop. Snap is an easy to use interactive image cutout tool. Image cutout is the process of removing or isolating an object in a picture.

Using a coarse to fine editing approach, an area of the image is cutout by first marking the object and then refining the boundary. Object marking occurs at a coarse level, which roughly defines an object by marking a few lines. Next, boundary editing works at a finer scale by either clicking and dragging polygon points to edit the object boundary or drawing a stroke along the object’s edge.

Read entire article here

Saturday, February 04, 2006

So Many Ways to Credit (from Scrap Rants)

Michelle at Scrapability has come up with a huge list of ways to keep track of "credits", those pesky pieces of information like who made that kit, and what font did you use -- stuff you'll need if you are going to post your layouts online or submit to publications. Good info here!

Read it here

Ohio University students, staff volunteer to repair photos damaged by Katrina

Saturday, February 04, 2006
Mary Beth Lane

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

ATHENS, Ohio — The family faces peering out from water-soaked, spotty photographs are unfamiliar.

But the Ohio University photojournalists restoring these precious family heirlooms damaged by Hurricane Katrina are treating them as lovingly as if they were their own.

The restorers use their laptops and skill with Adobe Photoshop, a computer program, to painstakingly erase the streaks, stains and white spots that Katrina floodwaters splotched onto the family pictures.

Read entire article here

Friday, February 03, 2006

2006 PCCRAFTS Computer Crafting & Digital Scrapbooking Convention

My friend Melinda received this from an email list that she's on...

Hello everyone!

I wanted to keep you informed about our upcoming 2006 PCCRAFTS Computer Crafting & Digital Scrapbooking Convention.

We have set the dates for Thurs. Sept 28th till Sunday Oct. 1st 2006

It will start Thurs Evening with a welcome BBQ by the pool. Classes being offered Friday, Sat and Sunday. And end Sunday early evening with a Dinner Awards Banquet. We will be posting more very soon so stay posted. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at info@pccrafts.com

What kind of classes do YOU want to see at this years convention?? Do you have a crafting talent you would like to share at the convention? Are you interested in teaching a class? Would you be interested in a bus trip to Phila. PA. ?? If so contact us at info@pccrafts.com

I think you will be VERY pleased with this years convention. The Conference Center is located in a relaxed, natural environment. Wonderfully secluded yet highly accessible. Located midway between center city Philadelphia and the Valley Forge area, in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, it offers a beautiful secluded setting on a 310-acre property comprising a golf course.

Thanks,

THE PCCRAFTS TEAM
www.pccrafts.com

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Sony Unveils Digital Scrapbooking for PictureStation Kiosks

Okay, so I've seen this article pop up numerous times and have always ignored it because I didn't think it was very exciting... lots of these photo kiosk things have pre-made frames and such which are kind of gaudy looking. But when I saw the words Shabby Princess attached to this one, I had to take a second look because A) these pre-made templates might actually be good, and B) Shabby Princess has gotten in with Sony, you go girl!

The PictureStation Digital Scrapbooking software is now available (January 30, 2006)
Sony Electronics introduced Digital Scrapbooking software for its PictureStation Digital Photofinishing kiosk.

The new software package offers 35 pre-designed layouts for creating both 8 x 8 and the larger size 8 x 10-inch scrapbook pages, which are ideal for digital scrapbooks.

It also offers creative photo cutouts for mattes right on the photos. The customer chooses the size, shape, thickness and color of the matte using easy to follow touch keys. The cutout can be applied to any PictureStation print size, and even to edited photos. This new software also includes a set of seasonal borders. With this addition, there is now a scrapbook icon on the PictureStation kiosk, which includes 35 pre-designed layouts, as well as 50 new seasonal border designs for 4 x 6, 5 x 7 and 8 x 10-inch prints (both horizontal and vertical orientations) - totaling more than 250 borders.

Read entire article here

TemplateZone and CottageArts.net Announce New Scrapbooking Software

Kristen's Note: After a quick look at the tutorial, a key feature that seems to be missing here is the ability to add text...

TemplateZone.com has created a new digital scrapbooking product for the home market. This easy-to-use software makes it possible for anyone with Microsoft Word to create great-looking scrapbook pages.

Cambridge MA (PRWEB) February 2, 2006 -- TemplateZone today announced a new software product, SimplyReady Digital Scrapbooking. This product is designed as a complete home solution for computer users to quickly and easily create scrapbooks from their digital photographs using Microsoft Word. Users may then print with their inkjet or color laser printer or share the created pages over the internet.

SimplyReady Scrapbooking is a result of artistic collaboration with CottageArts.Net, the premier source for scrapbooking designs on the web. All of the designs, layouts, backgrounds and embellishments have been developed under the design supervision of Michelle Shefveland.

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"SimplyReady Digital Scrapbooking has five differently-themed Theme Packs: Simply Kids, Simply Recreation, Simply School Days, Simply Vacations, and Simply Vintage. Each of these comes with its own set of template designs and embellishments centered around the title, complementing the theme with colorful additions.

Click here for full article and screen shots
or go to the website: http://www.simplyreadyscrapbooking.com/