(Using with Adobe® Photoshop® and
Photoshop® Elements, Adobe PhotoDeluxe®,
Ulead PhotoImpact 7 and higher, and
Microsoft® Picture It!® Digital Image Pro
follow similar instructions)
Welcome to the wonderful world of scrapbooking with the aid
of digital tools! If you haven’t found
yourself caught up in the current wave of enthusiasm spreading throughout the
world for this wonderful hobby, it may just catch you yet! Our product line, Simply Digital™, offers CD's of custom
designed layouts, background papers, and embellishments to help you create
stunning digital layouts, or to print for use in traditional
scrapbooks. Our CD's work in conjunction with many digital imaging
software packages, such as Adobe®
Photoshop® and Elements®, Adobe PhotoDeluxe®, Jasc® Paint Shop™ Pro® 7 and higher, Ulead PhotoImpact 7 and higher,
and Microsoft® Picture It!® Digital Image Pro (.psd layers are flattened in
Digital Image Pro). All of our backgrounds and
layouts are saved as full-sized 300 dpi images for high print quality.
Incredible digital imaging
software packages, such as Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8 (PSP), are allowing people to
capture and preserve their memories digitally, as well as assist traditional
scrapbookers. The layout above is just
one example of what can be done using Simply Digital™ layout templates with
PSP. All you need to do to make it your
own creation is add photos and journaling and your layout can be shared on the
web or printed and stored in your favorite scrapbook album. If you want to be really creative, change
the colors of the papers, rotate the mats, add more paper layers, tear edges,
add embellishments, apply filters and effects to the layers, and so on. The possibilities are virtually endless!
Many of the printer companies are
becoming aware of the need for archival inks, as well as papers, making
printing your special layouts safe and easy.
There are now also wide format printers on the market, allowing you to
use 12” x 12” archival scrapbooking paper from Epson. This is very exciting, as so many scrapbookers prefer this size
format. Another option for printing
your layouts is to save them to a CD in .tif or .jpg format at 300 dpi and take
to your local print shop, such as Kinko’s, where they can print an 8.5”x11” color
copy for around $1, on archival laser paper. You can then mount it on cardstock
for stability and place in your album.
Below is a quick tutorial on how
to create a quick, digital scrapbook layout using one of the Simply Digital™ CD
layout templates with Paint Shop Pro.
The templates already have the background paper created, as well as
photo mats, embellishments, and sample titles to help you create beautiful
layouts in little time.
What you’ll need:
After completing the exercise, you
should be able to:
Create a scrapbook layout
using PSP with the help of a layout template!
Move and Re-size photos
Re-name layers in Layer
Add drop shadows
Make unwanted layers invisible
(rather than deleting them, so you can use them at a later date)
Save layout for printing or
for web display
OPEN PAINT SHOP PRO AND TEMPLATE:
Elegant” CD in CD drive
Open Paint Shop
Clicking on the
top menu, select File/Open and open “Give Thanks.psd” from your CD drive in the
8.5 x 11 Layouts folder.
It’s now a good idea to save the file on your hard drive as a .pspimage or .psd
file to retain the layers.
Let’s add some photos from your
file system to the layout so it can start to look like YOUR creation!
Click on the top menu File/Browse
and browse your system for a particular photo or photos you would like to add.
A browse window will appear with thumbnails of your photos.
Click and drag photos from the
browse window onto layout, as shown below.
The photo layers come into your
layout based on what layer in the layer palette was active, so move them upward
or downward in the Layer Palette by clicking and dragging on the photo layers,
one at a time, until they are situated as you desire.
Resize photos, if necessary, using
the Deform tool, positioning pointer in one of the corners and dragging inward
with the right mouse button clicked to decrease size proportionately.
Rename photos (named “Background”
by PSP) by right clicking on each layer and selecting Rename command.
Now, using the Move Tool on the
left toolbar (see above for the fourth icon highlighted blue), move the photos
and leaf to desired position.
MAKE LAYERS INVISIBLE:
Each layout template comes with
sample journaling or poetry that you can use, if you wish. It is not editable text, so if you want to
change the words, you’ll need to make it invisible or delete it (Note: you can move, re-size, and change colors of
sample text, if you wish). Make the
“Sample Journaling” layer invisible by clicking on eye image in the Layer
Palette to the right of the layer name.
See red X through eye below.
This is a great feature to use when you want to test different photos or
colors on a layout, as well.
APPLY DROP SHADOWS TO PHOTOS:
Nothing adds more realism to
digital layouts than drop shadowing.
Select a layer that needs drop shadows to be applied. In this layout, they are the Beach Photo 1
and Beach Photo 2.
To add drop shadows, click on
Effects/3-D Effects/Drop Shadow. The
following options will appear:
You can adjust the offset,
opacity, blur and color of the drop shadow, so now is the time to play around
and come up with your own look!
Select Text Tool (A) from the
Tools toolbar on the left side of screen.
Select font, point size, width and
other options on the top menu bar.
Select text color in foreground
color box of Materials Palette. You can
use the Color Picker to click on area of layout to replicate same color (in
this case, the background paper).
Click on area of layout where you
want to start entering text and the Text Entry box will appear.
Just enter your text and click on
Apply when complete. Rename this layer
in the Layer Palette (right click on the layer) to something more explanatory,
such as “Journaling text”.
For journaling tag text, you will
need to rotate it to align it with the angled tag.
After editing some of the words
to fit better in the journaling area, as well as darkening the text color a bit
to stand out more, the final result is below, showing details of the drop
shadows, as well.
SAVE FILE FOR PRINTING AND/OR
Save final image to same filename
as in beginning of tutorial. You can
print directly from this file for high resolution.
If burning to CD, save as
full-size .jpg, .tif, or .bmp file format.
For posting to Internet sites or
e-mailing to family and friends, also save to different name at 150dpi, 4.5
inches wide, .jpg format, keeping file size less than 100KB (some sites require
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