Digital Scrapbooking Community News

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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Picture the possibilities

By Gregg Ellman
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

One thing is certain with digital photography: You'll take a lot more photos than you did with film. With 1G cards, which cost less than ever, you can shoot 400 photos without running out of memory.

After you've downloaded the photos to your computer, looked at them a few times, maybe even e-mailed them to some friends and made a few prints, what do you do? Or better yet, in today's digital photo era, how can you make use of the photos filling shoeboxes under your bed?

There are endless possibilities. Here are a few.

MemoryMiner ( www.memoryminer.com) helps you build a photo database.
The database is created from information you provide. Anything such as names, dates, addresses, times and other descriptive information can be included.

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Actual scrapbooking has made its way into the digital world, and several companies have software that makes great use of your digital photos.

On the Mac side, there's IRemember Digital Scrapbooking at www.macscrapbook.com. For PC's, Leeza Gibbons Scrapbooking Software is available at www.mountaincow.com.

IRemember lets you be creative, incorporating your photos into neat scrapbook pages. (I chose the 12-by-12 size; you can make it any size you want. The software comes with more than 500 templates and 3,000 clipart images, many different fonts and backgrounds. Drag and drop your photos onto the pages you create and you're done.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

BetterPhoto.com™ Adds Four New Courses to Spring Schedule

BetterPhoto.com™ announced that four new courses have been added to the Spring schedule of classes, including three courses on using Canon digital cameras, and a Photoshop Elements course. Spring quarter classes begin on April 5, 2006.

Redmond, WA (PRWEB) March 15, 2006 -- BetterPhoto.com™, the worldwide leader in online photography education, today announced that four new courses have been added to the Spring schedule of classes, including three courses on using Canon digital cameras, and a Photoshop Elements course. Spring quarter classes begin on April 5, 2006. All BetterPhoto courses are taught by a roster of 22 professional, published photographers.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

ProtectMyPhotos Launches Online Photo Backup Service

From Angie Pederson's SB Industry News

Orlando, FL - ProtectMyPhotos recently launched its new online photo backup service, coinciding with the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) 2006 convention. The company is focused on providing the most complete photo protection service for consumers.
"We started this company because we needed this service ourselves.

Other backup solutions such as burning CD’s, expensive online services, and companies that force you to order prints just didn’t cut it," says Cliff Shaw, CEO of ProtectMyPhotos. "Our goal with ProtectMyPhotos was to create an affordable and easy-to-use service that allowed for seamless uploading and protection of customers' digital photos, and required zero maintenance.

Market research shows that 97% of digital camera owners would be distraught if they lost their family photos, but only 18% have all of their photos backed up. I think that says a lot about the shortcomings of the current solutions. When it comes to backup, people want it to just plain work."

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

FREE USB "Thumb" Drive

Thanks to Lorraine for alerting me on this!

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Free: USB Flash Drive from Microsoft

Posted by Steve BassThursday, March 02, 2006, 01:00 AM (PST)

Microsoft is offering a free USB drive when you take a short, four-question, propaganda-laden quiz about Windows licensing. It's a pretty cool -- and painless -- way to get a USB drive.
Okay, it's not completely painless. You need a Microsoft Passport password (register for one here). And the drive comes loaded with easily deleted propaganda.

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Digital Scrapbooking: Getting Started

Sunday, March 5, 2006
Copyright © 2006 Republican-American

A photo editing program. You'll want to be able to crop, trim and re-size your photos. Arcsoft makes easy-to-use photo studio tools in the $50 range. Kodak Easyshare, which will let you crop to a variety of sizes -- 4x6, 3x5, or 2x3, for example -- is available for free. The Digital Scrapbooking Company (www.digitalscrap bookingplace.com) recommends Microsoft Digital Image Pro and Adobe Photoshop Elements. They are a bit more difficult for the beginner and more expensive -- about $100.

And 4 other things you may or may not need to get started... read entire article here

Paper or digital?

Preaching to the choir here, but in case you needed prodding to switch to digi...

Though I have to disagree with the one about storage and a smaller amount of space... smaller amount of PHYSICAL space maybe, but have you seen my hard drive lately?? LOL!

Sunday, March 5, 2006
Copyright © 2006 Republican-American

There is no mess. All necessary supplies are on a computer or CD. There's no need to spend tons of time getting supplies out just to have to put them away again in an hour. And, if something else comes up, digital scrapbookers can just hit save and walk away.

And 5 other reasons why digital is better than paper.... read entire article here

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Speeding Photoshop

Wednesday 01 Mar 2006

No-one wants to wait for struggling applications when you're trying to be creative. Optimize your image editing with Digit's guide to getting the quickest possible performance from Adobe Photoshop.

Most people would prefer not to see Mac OS X’s spinning beach ball when working in Photoshop. Although eliminating it is not always possible, you can go some way toward doing that by managing your resources wisely. To that end, it’s worth spending a few minutes fine-tuning Photoshop to squeeze the maximum performance out of it.

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