Digital Scrapbooking Tutorials – You Can Learn to Scrapbook With Your Computer Too!

A rage in scrapbooking these days is scrapbooking with your computer; frequently referred to as digital scrapbooking. Once looked upon as an untrue form of scrapbooking back in 2003- it has now become VERY popular in the last five years. Given the progression of the Internet and computers; this is only natural; even traditional scrapbookers have begun to combine their form of scrapbooking with some digital downloads implemented into their layouts and projects.

Digital scrapbooking = no mess on your dining room table, no extra physical storage space, no cutting up your photos any more! Save all your layouts and supplies directly to your computer or external storage device. This leaves merely learning how to use your program of choice.

Various programs are used to create a digital scrapbook page but the most common programs used are: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Corel’s Paint Shop Pro. There are various pros and cons to each program, but many times a user is already familiar with one of the graphics programs already on their computer and need to only learn how to become comfortable using it for scrapbooking and various techniques to enhance their digitally created pages. If you don’t have one of these programs on your computer – never fear; you can install trial versions of all of them at their product websites:

Adobe Photoshop Trial

Adobe Photoshop Elements Trial

Corel Paint Shop Pro Trial [http://www.corel.com/servlet/Satellite/us/en/Product/1184951547051]

One of the best ways to get started with digital scrapbooking is to follow along with videos or tutorials available online FREE. You can find one of the largest collections of video and text/pdf tutorials at Scrapbook-Bytes; especially for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Corel Paint Shop Pro.

Try it out; give it a whirl – I am sure you will love this form of scrapbooking!!!!

Top 5 Imaging Programs

Imaging programs are very useful tools for graphic designers. Even the non-professional designers make use of imaging programs to create the simplest designs for their projects.

Anyone who is into computer design for fun or for a living can appreciate how imaging programs can help make their tasks easier. With imaging programs, one can easily edit photos, create graphics, computer-aided designs and similar projects.

Image editors are among the most popular and commonly used imaging programs which help designers create images virtually from scratch. It offers various painting tools which are very much like the basic painting tools, albeit computer-based. This allows you to enhance photos and retouch them as well. Using this application will classify your saved photo or scanned image as a bitmap. Bitmap images are very convenient for retouching because you can get a lot of detail. However, you may have a problem with the image’s pixel resolution.

Here are some of the imaging programs you can tinker with if you are into graphic design and computer-aided graphic projects.

1. Adobe Photoshop

This imaging program was developed by Adobe Systems and is considered a market favorite in terms of graphics editing, image manipulation and bitmap images. The newest version of Adobe is Photoshop CS3 Extended which was released only this year. This is the third version since Adobe renamed the Photoshop products. It boasts of new tools, non-destructive filters, 3D and scientific imaging.

2. Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo

This is an imaging program for bitmap graphics editing and vector graphics editing. Rights to the program were originally owned by Jasc Software of Minneapolis. The rights to distribute the program now belong to Corel Corporation after it purchased Jasc Software in 2004. The program, which is more popularly known as Paint Shop and as Adobe Photoshop’s competitor, can be downloaded as shareware. Adobe Photoshop is more popular than this imaging program because the former has versions for Microsoft and Apple Macintosh.

3. Corel Painter

This imaging program is now available both in Windows and Macintosh. Designers can make use of the program to create images that are natural-looking with its freehand feature. The user can also choose from several effects like oil paints and watercolor and print the output in canvas or paper.

4. Corel Photo-Paint

This imaging program is bundled with the Corel Draw Graphics Suite. It can create graphics and manipulate images. It also allows users to remove redeye in photos. The program can be downloaded from the website of Corel as a freeware.

5. Microsoft Paint

This imaging program used to be known as Paintbrush for Windows and can be found bundled with Microsoft Windows. Users can experiment with color mixtures as the program allows simultaneous picking up of three colors. There are a lot of functions which the user can practice to improve his craft.

Imaging programs are not that expensive (some are even available for free) especially if you think of the benefits one can get from the special effects that these programs offer. However, the choice of which imaging program is best for you depends on your requirements and projects.

Review of the Corel Draw Graphics Suite X4

This 14th version of the Corel Draw Graphics Suite X4 is the perfect solution for those who want to play and edit graphics but find the Adobe Photoshop interface too complicated. I don’t want to badmouth Photo shop at all but it is a professional package that comes with a price tag and a manual of about 1000 pages. An investment of time and money that is just not necessary for an average user.

The Corel Package as it is now has more then enough functionality to do almost anything you can think of. Its interface is highly accessible, intuative and interactive for everyone. If you can use a word processor you can use this graphics suite.

Perhaps some people think of it as a negative but I like the high integration the package has with online services. Through ConceptShare users can work in an online workspace, which can be shared with other users. Then there is the WhatTheFont service that can online recognize fonts and letter types.

There is no alternative for Flash like web development. I think Corel made a mistake here because if this is one of your interests the package is not for you. It does limit the overall usability of the package, and that is a pity.

The functionality of Photo Paint, the second application in the suite is greatly enhanced and supports over 300 modern digital camera’s Its now easier than ever to work, play and edit with scanned documents as well. The package provides a good support for working with color histogram distributions, and is highly effective without all the hassle of working with professional packages.

Corel is not a market leader and can’t afford to limit its potential user base by using proprietary file systems or limit the import and export possibilities to other file types. This is a big pro Corel can even function as a great translator between programs using all sorts of file extensions.

Further the possibilities for Color control are increased and support for Adobe CMM is introduced.

To wrap it up, Corel has come up with a user friendly graphics suite for those who use these kind of programs to the level of semi-professional use. Because of the support of professional file formats it is a good tool to design and develop flyers, posters or brochures for personal or use in connection associations. On the minus site there is the lack of support for flash or flash like applications.

The Corel Draw Graphics Suite X4 is a program easily lives up to demands of the semi-professional jobs it was designed for.