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Digital scrapbooking beginners should know a few basics in order to effectively create beautiful digital scrapbooking layouts on their computer. The first and one of the most important things to know is how to work the digital scrapbooking software. Make sure you read the instructions or run the tutorial so that you can get the most out of what the software has to offer.
Photos are another important part of your scrapbook layout. You want to make sure your photos are proportionate to your scrapbook page. In most cases, you will have to resize the photo in order to fit it into your page layout. It is a good idea to resize the photo ahead of time before you try to load it on to your page. If you download your digital photos into a program like Photoshop, you can easily resize the photo by holding down the shift key while you use the arrow to determine your size; this will keep your photo proportionate so you are not distorting your images. Once you have the right size,you can move the photo to your scrapbook page layout.
One of the most appealing parts of digital scrapbooking is the layers. You can layer the pictures and the photos in order to create colorful masterpieces. Learning how to layer with your digital scrapbook software is probably the most difficult part. Always save your layers and name them appropriately. For example, if you are saving a picture of a baby rattle then name it “rattle” so you know exactly what you saved. If you save your layers with numbers, it can get confusing.
Another fun tool with digital scrapbooking is shadowing. You can accent your pictures and images on your pages by shadowing. Too much shadowing can make your pages look dark or fuzzy. In order to fix this, you can adjust your drop shadowing until you get the effect you want.
Digital scrapbook templates or digital scrapbook kits are a fast and easy way to make your layouts without much effort. The pages are already done with frames, custom shapes and borders; all you have to do is add your photos and print. These types of templates can easily be downloaded from a program or you can also find many different kinds of templates online with a free download.
Digital scrapbooking is a timesaving way to scrapbook. Some beginners may be weary because of the vast amount of digital scrapbook software and information, but once you learn your way around the programs, you will be “hooked” and on your way to creating gorgeous layouts and lasting memories.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|