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Posted 4/19/2007 by karbi69 in Digital Scrapbooking


PeaNut 276,013
September 2006
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Posted: 4/19/2007 4:29:06 PM
I've been wanting to learn digital scrapbooking but don't know where to start. First of all I have access to Photoshop 7 or Photoshop elements 5, which is easier to learn?
Also, should I teach myself by looking at online tutorials or should I buy a book that teaches it? I already checked and there are no classes at my local scrapbook store.
Thanks for any suggestions.



PeaNut 233,940
November 2005
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Posted: 4/19/2007 4:50:57 PM
2Peas is a great resource in terms of digi scrapping! I'm not sure what to recommend in terms of programs...I've used elements and it's great. I've never used PS7.

There are so many tutorials available to help you get at 2Peas and at so many other sites as well. I recommend checking them out. They can really help you get going.

Don't be afraid to dive right in and play around! Ask lots of questions and have fun. Digi scrappin' is great!

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Posted: 4/19/2007 5:32:55 PM
PSE5 is new, and PS7 is several years old. I'd guess you're probably better off going with PSE5.

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Posted: 4/20/2007 7:40:00 PM
The way it was explained to me when I was buying my program was that Photoshop Elements is a "watered down" version of Photoshop. For purposes of digital scrapbooking, Elements is more than enough for what I use it for, and I am really happy I went with Elements instead of the full-blown Photoshop program.

There is a pretty big learning curve with Elements, which leads me to think that if this is the watered down version, I would probably still be cursing at Photoshop, but instead I'm chugging along nicely now that I understand the basics of Elements. I still probably only use it at 10% of its capacity though -- lol!


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Posted: 4/21/2007 4:00:30 PM
PSE 5 is easier to use if you are starting out. There are a number of tools that have been combined to be more user friendly. I have both PSE5 and PS7. I tend to use PS7 more, but that is because I learned photoshop on 5.0 about 10 years ago, and have been using one version of photoshop or another since then! I just got PSE 5 this year when I purchased my new computer and there are definately some shortcuts that make quick work of editing photos. I prefer online tutorials rather than books. I find the online tutorials to be more up-to-date, and generally have more pictures (I am a very visual learner!) I hope this helps!


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Posted: 4/22/2007 2:43:18 PM
I vote for PSE 5.0 as well! It's easier than PS and it has a LOT of bells and whistles. Until you are actually designing papers to sell, this is great!

Also to learn, I recommend either taking the Digi Brushes class at Big Picture Scrapbooking , when it's available (it's currently running, so maybe in a month or two), or buying the book from that teacher, Renee Pearson. For a beginner, she's awesome. She gives step by step instructions, they both come with digital papers and elements for you to practice with, and with the class, she is always available via email to answer questions you have. It also has 2 or 3 chats with the instructor. I took that class and her Brushes class, and both have helped so much.


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