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Posted 2/1/2013 by cls-journals in Digital Scrapbooking


PeaNut 579,105
January 2013
Posts: 9
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:07:32 AM
I've done photo editing in Paintshop Pro quite a bit, but I'm now wanting to get into digital scrapbooking and I see most people use PS or PSE. Does anyone use PSP? Is it worth investing in PSE since I already have PSP?

I'm specifically wondering about using templates. It looks like there's an easy way to insert pictures and other elements into the space for them in a digital template in PSE but I haven't found a way to do this in PSP.

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PeaNut 338,129
September 2007
Posts: 19,784
Layouts: 806
Loc: Kentucky

Posted: 2/1/2013 10:21:55 AM
I haven't used PSP in a LONG time, so I'm not sure how useful it is when it comes to scrapbooking. You could google "paintshop pro and digital scrapbooking" and some tutorials come up. I found an article here on 2peas about using PSP here: PSP article

I find that a lot of digital scrapbooking is geared towards PSE/PS, like photo actions and tutorials. I you can't find anything for PSP, then I would try PSE. That would be sufficient enough for templates. And I think you can download a free trial of PSE on Adobe.




PeaNut 444,483
November 2009
Posts: 136
Layouts: 65
Loc: North Carolina

Posted: 2/1/2013 10:24:03 AM
I used Paint Shop pro for years and transitioned into digital scrapbooking with that program because I was comfortable with it. I was using version 8, from when it was a Jasc program. This winter I bought Photoshop Elements 11 and certainly it makes many aspects of digital layouts easier. But if you want to try digital layouts before investing in more software, you certainly can do them with PSP. And there are still plenty of tutorials and even youtube videos with tips and tricks for various things related to PSP that help with digi scrapbooking.

My old PSP would open .psd files as well as .pngs. So, if you have a template with layers you should be able to work with that in PSP. Admittedly putting papers in various layers is trickier than the quick click to clip papers in PSE 11. I used to use the flood fill tool with my papers in the 'pattern' part of the palette and adjusted the repeat as necessary. You can add your photos to the photo layer of a template by fiddling with the size and or shape - selecting, cropping etc. Then sliding it around in the layer menu until it appears in the right spot.

2peas has free kits and templates too that you can play with and in combination with the software you already own you should be able to get a taste of digital scrapbooking without an investment right away. But I have to say I'm really enjoying the ease of PSE 11 even while I'm still learning it. I found I was able to jump into PSE11 and at least do some basic things right off too thanks to having used PSP so much.


PeaNut 579,105
January 2013
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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:48:52 AM
Thank you for the replies!

I hadn't thought of using the flood fill tool with the paper as the pattern!

Thanks for the links, I'll check out more tutorials online.


PeaNut 307,816
April 2007
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Loc: So Cal Gal Living in NJ

Posted: 2/1/2013 11:31:48 AM
There are many digiscrapper a who swear by PSP, and you will find many tutorials and helps available. Although PS and PSE are more popular, PSP is powerful and versatile, and can do amazing things. Sorry I can't link the sites here, but they aren't hard to find!

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PeaNut 220,508
August 2005
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Loc: IL

Posted: 2/2/2013 8:42:54 PM
I first started digi scrapping with PSP, but soon realized that PSE and PS was what everyone was using. I ended up buying PS and have gone on from there.

I think there's still some tutorials out there for PSP, but I haven't heard PSP mentioned much the last couple of years.

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