Digital Scrapbooking Community News

Welcome! I will be posting digital scrapbooking industry news, tutorials, articles, new products and anything else I come across that I think people might like. Dive right in!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Intriguing Development Announces iRemember Scrapbooking Contest

(PRWEB) - Lexington, MO (PRWEB) April 23, 2006 -- Intriguing Development, Inc. today announced the iRemember™ Scrapbooking Contest.

Your scrapbook layout could be used and admired by thousands of people! Intriguing Development is looking for outstanding layouts to convert into templates for future versions of the company's iRemember Digital Scrapbooking software for Mac OS X. You could win cool scrapbooking prizes and have your page featured in a future iRemember ad in MacAddict magazine.

Read entire article here

Monday, April 17, 2006

Call for Submissions: Show off Your Work!

From Sue Chastain,Your Guide to Graphics Software at About.com

Join our community of users who are willing to share their enthusiasm and knowledge of graphics software! Submit examples of your work to be included in our galleries, along with your answers to a brief questionnaire. You can promote your own work while enhancing the graphics software community and helping other members.

Go here for a list of categories...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Download Free Brushes for Adobe Photoshop

From Sue Chastain,
Your Guide to Graphics Software.

http://graphicssoft.about.com/b/a/257664.htm

Friday, April 07, 2006

HP R927 Camera Adds Slimming Effect, Makes Girlfriend Happy

Here’s a new camera from HP that’ll help you answer that age-old - but always tricky - question from your girlfriend: “Do these jeans make me look fat?” Instead of stepping onto a verbal landmine, take her picture with the 8.2MP Photosmart R927, one of several new digital cameras from HP that boasts a special “slimming feature.” Before you show her the picture, hit the slimming effect in the Design Gallery in playback, and she’ll look as much as 10 pounds thinner on the camera’s 3-inch LCD.

“It’s a pretty subtle change we’ve built into the camera,” Karl Wardrop, HP’s digital imaging product manager told the New York Post. “It’s not dramatic. It slims the center of photos and slightly widens the outside to maintain perspective. It’s like the (fun-house) mirror from the fair, but not as exaggerated.”

While there are many ways to slim (or fatten) a person’s physique in Photoshop and other image editing programs, HP is the first manufacturer to offer the effect in-camera. The R927 is available this month for $399.99. Boyfriends of the world can now breathe a sigh of relief. — Dan Havlik

Focus Pocus [New York Post]
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/digital-cameras/hp-r927-camera-adds-slimming-effect-makes-girlfriend-happy-165926.php

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Digital Photogaphy Tutorials

Keith and Rebecca Snell own Spirit of Photography here in Colorado Springs.
Some great pics here: http://www.spiritofphotography.com/index_files/Page651.htm

And check out these great tutorials!
http://www.spiritofphotography.com/index_files/Page390.htm


Digital Photography Concepts and “In Camera” Settings
Understanding and Controlling Exposure
The Zone System
The Histogram
Exposure and Digital Noise
Tone Curves
White Balance
Sharpening
JPEG vs RAW
Bit Depth (8 bit vs 16 bit files)
Color Space

Digital Photography “From Camera to Print”
Transferring the Image from the Camera
Camera Raw
Histogram
Color Space Selection
Bit Depth
Size
Resolution
White Balance
Exposure Adjustments
Advanced Tab
Basic Post-processing in Photoshop
Layers
Clone Tool
Image Size
Crop Tool
Advanced Photoshop Sharpening
Sharpening Theory
Building and saving a Sharpening Action
Capture Sharpening
Creative Sharpening
Output Sharpening
Basic Printing

The new crop of scrapbookers

Not really about digi, but a good article

Digital photo advances, cable TV exposure and a few key names like Leeza and Martha are reinventing the hobby as an elaborate and communal experience.

By Charlie Amter, Special to The Times

IT'S 10 on a rainy February night in Burbank, and 18-year-old Ali Nunley is eschewing the high school party scene in favor of spending her Friday night with a group of women inside a closed crafts store.Nunley's parents haven't grounded her; rather, she is here willingly to feed her growing addiction to her latest hobby, scrapbooking.

"I just think it's cool," she says as she delicately places a photo of her and friends on a recent outing to Knott's Berry Farm into an elaborately designed montage deep inside her thick scrapbook.Nunley is with 20 other women, ranging in age from 18 to 60, sitting at a 25-foot-long table at the scrapbooking store Once Upon a Page, joining in what's known as a "crop." The store's weekly "Friday Night Croppin' Frenzies," with participants sometimes dressing in pajamas, typically attract at least 15 women from 5 p.m. until midnight, all there simply to swap tips and work on books full of personal photos and artistic embellishments.

Read entire article here

Scrapbooking With Video and Sound, Minus the Paper and Glue

For many scrapbookers, all that messy glue and paper is part of the fun. For others, it's just a mess.

MemoryMixer, digital scrapbooking software from Lasting Impressions for Paper Inc., not only helps keep things neat and tidy, but also lets scrapbookers add video and sound to their collections of memorabilia.

MemoryMixer ($80 at www.memorymixer.com, for PC's and Macs) can be used as a simple layout tool or for creation of a full multimedia experience. Users can scan and load high-resolution images of report cards, diplomas, children's drawings, wedding invitations and the like, which can be printed out along with photos for a traditional scrapbook. For online scrapbooks, users can add sound or video, which may play automatically or manually. There is also a feature for linking to the Internet.

For novices, MemoryMixer offers dozens of ready-made page templates to choose from. Experts can design their own. Either way, the glue and scissors can be left in the junk drawer.

From NY Times

Capturing the personal touch in a computer culture

Are you more `drag and drop' than `clip and save'? Then scrapbook digitally.

By Zan Dubin Scott, Special to The TimesApril 6, 2006

WHEN Lianna Vigil came upon the only known photo of her maternal great-grandmother last year, the avid scrapbooker instantly pictured it in one of her albums. She also counted 10 close kin who would want to share the treasure. She had to create only a single album, however, thanks to digital scrapbooking, a thriving segment of the memory trade that's making more crafters like Vigil ditch paper and glue in favor of drag and drop.

Read entire article here

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Get Great Styles and Designs for Your Scrapbooking Projects

Whitman, MA (PRWEB) April 5, 2005 -- Body Works Studio, a web design company in Whitman Massachusetts announces the release of their newest project, BWScrapbooking.com.

BWScrapbooking is a digital scrapbooking website that specializes in original downloadable designs that crafters can use in their electronic or printable scrapbooking projects. BWScrapbooking.com is a member site, and as a paying member you will have access to the BWScrap Files where you can download any of our unique designs, and images that you want. There are no limits.

See press release here:
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/4/prweb367195.htm

Website:
http://www.bwscrapbooking.com/index.html

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Smilebox Beta is out!

A while ago I posted about this new product... I just found the beta in my email this morning and have been playing with it today. It's pretty neat, give it a try!

http://www.smilebox.com/

What is it, you ask?

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.

Software suppresses noise on digital and scanned images

April 4, 2006 - AKVIS Noise Buster v1.1 for Windows and Macintosh reduces luminance and color noise on digital images, helping to eliminate grains that compromise smoothness of digital photos. It provides separate setting areas for luminance and color noise and shows before and after images for instant preview and tweaking of parameters. Compatible with programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Jasc Paint Shop Pro, software requires image processing program that supports plugins.

Click here to read entire article

For a free trial, AKVIS offers 10 days of fully functional use.
Details are available at http://akvis.com/en/noise-buster/index.php

Company Name: AKVIS LLC
E-mail: pr@akvis.com
URL: http://akvis.com