|Posted: 8/9/2013 6:33:39 AM|
So I'm finally going to ditch the paper scrapbooking. While I enjoyed it, the scrapbooks are out of control and I don't have the space. I think digital is the way to go. But I'm confused. I read the newbie post but have a few more questions.
I think it's easiest to explain what I'm looking for. I'm not looking to ever print the pages. I want to be able to create a scrapbook on my computer (and possibly share online with family). I would like to do something in the project life style where I have everything in sections with a photo and journaling next to it. I'm looking into iphoto but the reviews don't seem to be that great and I have no idea if it will do what I want. I want the software on my machine. The thought of spending all this time to create books on an online site that might possibly not exist someday, not something I want to have to deal with. Is what I'm looking to do even possible? Can anybody lead me to some "dummy" sites on how to get started?
Loc: So Cal Gal Living in NJ
|Posted: 8/9/2013 12:16:19 PM|
iPhoto definitely isn't for scrapping- it's for organizing your photos and doing light editing.
Most of us here use Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Paintshop Pro, etc. a few people use Gimp, which is free. There are a few others, but I think they're web based, which you said you don't want. Can't blame you.
Although Photoshop elements has quite a learning curve, it shouldn't take you long to learn the basics, and be able to create a simple, clean layout, there are also PL templates available, and tutorials here and elsewhere. Sorry, I'm typing on my phone, so I can't link you up, but maybe others can help. Have fun, it's addicting!
Livin' in My Own "Pea-rivate" Idaho
|Posted: 8/10/2013 4:59:36 PM|
The best way for you to get up to speed is take a class or two or three...it will be time well spent. Jessica Sprague has amazing classes for every level of scrapper. She is my favorite teacher of digital scrapbooking and I highly recommend her classes. I concur with Stef about learning to use PSE...it gives you so much flexibility and power to create what you want.
If you want to take classes here, both Erica Hernandez and Sande Krieger have free classes you can take...they are in the classes and events section listed up at the top of the page. They are good, solid classes too and will get you going.
You might also check out a new site called ScrapaNeers....I haven't taken classes there yet, but the teachers there are experts in PS/PSE and they are respected in the industry. They have some talented folks there as instructors. If you build your skills, and learn the software from others who already know their way around it, you will find it more enjoyable and much less frustrating.
Since you mentioned you wanted to do something like a digital version of Project Life, you should know that tons of digital designers have those types of cards available for sale...I often see designers give away these cards free! Pixels and Company, The Lilypad, The Digi Chick, Digital Design Essentials, and Scrap Orchard are just a few of many sites that sell these digital cards...I bet if you do a Google Search, you will find many more places than I've listed here.
Also, if you use a photo sharing site like Flickr, or you can even create albums on your Facebook page to share with family or friends. Some folks even create a blog (which can be made either private or public) where they share their pages. There are so many ways to share your pages digitally that you don't have to worry about printing if that isn't a priority for you.
Loc: the south
|Posted: 8/10/2013 5:21:39 PM|
I definitely agree with going with Elements. It's been a few years since I used it, but I remember it being much easier to learn than the other programs that I tried.
|Posted: 8/10/2013 5:33:55 PM|
I already know how to use PSE, have had it for years. I don't really want to print my layouts though. I want to have a book viewer on my computer (mac) for viewing the layouts I put together without having to print. Does anybody know of a book viewer that I can have on my computer?
Thanks everybody, looking into classes.
Livin' in My Own "Pea-rivate" Idaho
|Posted: 8/12/2013 3:12:07 PM|
I've personally never seen a book viewer that you can download. You may find one and prove me wrong, though. The only time I've seen anything like that is when you upload pages to a company like Shutterfly, Mixbook, etc., when you are actually making a book to print. They have an online book viewer that has a link you can provide to family and friends, but it requires uploading to their site.
I also just remembered that there's a site called Smile Box that I think has an online book viewer format...I don't think you can download it you computer, though. That would probably be the closest thing to what you are looking for.
If you want privacy, the best way would probably still be a private blog that you invite only family and friends to have access to. I know the Blogger platform has a slide show widget that you can use to make a scrolling slide show of your pages. I know it seems scary to put things online, but you can and should back up your pages anyway so you don't lose them. When you go digital, there's always a slight risk and you have to have a back up plan, even when your files are all on your computer hard drive.
Sorry I wasn't more help!
|Posted: 8/18/2013 11:25:48 PM|
Will Elements let you save as a PDF or export as a PDF? I only have the full version of photoshop. Then you could send that file to pretty much anyone to view on their computer.
I've used Adobe InDesign to make photobooks to print and share a digital copy - PDF form. It's not an intuitive program to learn though. I took some online classes from lynda.com to learn the program.
Loc: Far, far away
|Posted: 8/23/2013 3:29:34 PM|Lots of scrappers use full version Photoshop, rather than PSE. We save as jpegs and upload to sites like Persnickety Prints, Shutterfyl etc to get photobooks printed. At Designer Digitals there are tutorials (including supplies) plus a help forum. You can buy Project Life style templates and cards there and at lots of other sites too. Have fun
Dabbling in Digi
Loc: Behind a laptop in the Pacific Northwest
|Posted: 8/24/2013 1:50:22 PM|
Yes PSE will let you save PDF format.
Baby Pea Step
Loc: Lone Star State
|Posted: 8/30/2013 1:05:08 PM|Well, I am kind of a newbie as well... I am too impatient to learn something like Photoshop... so I went with My Digital Studio, through Stampin' Up! It was easy, I fooled around with it for a bit to learn it and it was simple. I can print my books, but typically I make them into slide show type movies that I can play at home or on my computer, or even send them to family members through my various social sites... I really like it.
Loc: South Florida
|Posted: 8/30/2013 6:10:39 PM|
I like to print books via MyPicTales for my own enjoyment but for my family who lives in Ireland I use Photoshop (Adobe) for a few layouts here or there to send them.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Peaing in my living room
|Posted: 9/4/2013 11:43:32 PM|
I upload all my layouts to my Flickr account so family can enjoy via the web.