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Posted 12/6/2012 by mrsmoosie04 in Digital Scrapbooking
 

mrsmoosie04
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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:38:55 AM
I'm a former pc/ CM StoryBook Creator user and have recently purchaced a MacBook Pro. I'm lookiNg to purchase an new digi scrapping program as SBC isn't Mac compatible. I'm concidering Photoshop Elements from the app store....Can I create photo books on PSE? what are your thoughts? Also, are there any CDN Digi scrappers on here? if so, where do. You get you photo books printed?

lizj
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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:46:03 AM
Hi! I definitely recommend PSE for the Mac. Version 11 is the current version and it's really user friendly, much more so than prior versions IMO. I can't answer about the Canadian book printing, but if you have other questions as you learn PSE, ask away, we're a helpful bunch!



mrsmoosie04
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Posted: 12/6/2012 12:00:02 PM
Thanks so much! Can you create photo books in PSE11? Where do you upload and print them at?

emily a
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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:04:09 PM
you can create your pages with pse11 and then send out for printing. persnickity prints is a favorite source for printing.



lizj
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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:15:21 PM
You can actually create whole photobooks through the PSE Organizer. I've never tried it because I just do single pages at a time and then print at home, but I too have heard good things about Persnickity. Definitely lots of options for printing whole books. Some people use Shutterfy too.



Laura ODonnell
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Posted: 12/6/2012 1:44:41 PM
welcome!

I'm also using PSE and I love it.


Laura

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Posted: 12/6/2012 2:55:59 PM
lets try this again the board ate my post

Yeah another mac lovin canuck! Welcome!

I think PSE is a great way to go, you can upload your finished pages to print in books, unfortunatly I've always had to order my books from the US, Canada was just too expensive! Shutterfly and persnickity are great!

On my mac I love Aperture for my photo organization and making easy photo books that print through the apple store. Great books, I have done 3 this way.

Glad you could join us!



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Posted: 12/6/2012 4:00:23 PM
I always just do my single pages and upload to Shutterfly to build my photobook. I didn't know you could do it in the PSE Organizer. I usually do four different books with lots of the same LOs but not all (gifts for different family members who have different interests in the pages that I make). So I still think that would be easier on Shutterfly.


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mrsmoosie04
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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:28:58 PM
Thanks everyone! SRoller, I'd like to know more about uploading completed pages to shutterfly to create one of their photo books. I always thought you had to create it via their website using their prformatted layouts and pages.
BTW, are there tutorial videos on 2Peas for using PSE11?

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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:18:34 PM
Welcome, welcome, Mrs. Moosie! You can find tutorials for using PSE in the "Classes and Events" section of the site. Look along the very top of the page and you should find that section quite easily. Once you are inside it, look for a class called "Digi 101" and another class by Sande Krieger on PSE. It doesn't matter which version you have --- that class is great for any version of PSE.

I use PSE on my MacBook Pro, and create my pages for photo books all the time. What I do is make each LO for the book, then save a JPEG copy of each page ( they have to be save as a JPEG image to be uploaded to Shutterfly or other photobook sites). From there, you choose which company you want to use for your book. Actually, I choose what company I want to use for my photo book first...each place has different deals and not all places do the same page sizes, so I find a site that has the size I want and has a good price I want to pay, and then I make my pages bases on that. I've used Shutterfly more than other places, though. Whatever site you choose, always pick the option to create a blank book that you customize yourself. Then, upload all your JPEGS to the site, and start plopping your pages into the empty spaces in your book. It can be a bit frustrating at first, but stick with it and you'll get it.

A couple of other things I've learned along the way:

When doing a photobook, try to keep everything you want to show up away from the edge of the page. I've learned the hard way that having borders around the edge of my pages don't show up because they get cut off or don't show because of the book binding. It's OK to let a patterned or solid paper go to the egde, because it will look the way it's supposed to, but lettering, embellishments, stitching, and so on will get chopped off.

I found this cool template set from a designer called WendyZine. She makes them to work with Shutterfly and a couple of other book making companies. Her templates can be placed under or over your LOs to show you where the boundaries are on each page where you need to keep all you embellishments, writing, etc., so they don't get cut off by the book company. There are also templates that help in making your front and back covers, as well as creating what you want on the spine of the book.

These have really saved my bacon. I had a book I hadn't finished on Shutterfly because I couldn't figure out how to make a custom cover with their constraints, and their customer service agents had no idea what to tell me either. I also tried using the templates from the Shutterfly site, and it still didn't work. Once I had Wendy's templates, I had my cover finished in five minutes and had my book finished and ordered thirty minutes later. I was really pleased with the final result when I got my book in the mail...

HTH


Lorell
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