If you're like me, you take lots of family pictures but don't always do much with them.
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This seems to be especially true in these days of digital photography. Back when we were shooting with film, our photos at least got printed since that's just what happened when they were developed. And with a bunch of photos sitting around the house, there was some incentive to organize those pictures by putting them into scrapbooks and photo albums.
But when we shoot digitally, our photos are usually kept on our computer hard drive and, once there, they are pretty much out of sight and out of mind. And way too easy to forget.
That's where digital scrapbooking can come into the picture, literally, by allowing you to put your favorite photos on display in the form of digital pages and albums.
Digital scrapbooking is pretty much exactly want it sounds like. It's a lot like traditional scrapbooking. But instead of using a glue stick or tape to create a page out of physical photos, papers, embellishments, journaling, etc., you use software on your computer to create a digital page using digital versions of these same type elements.
With digital scrapbooking, the result is a computer file just like the digital photos on your iPhone or digital camera. You can take that file and print it at home or have it professionally printed if you want. And you can also share the file digitally just like you would share the photos from your digital camera. So you can post the page to Facebook or to a photo-sharing site like Flickr or Picasa or share it via email. You can even burn your digital scrapbooking albums to CD or DVD to give to friends and family.
So digital scrapbooking is a fun way to show off those hoards of family photos that are sitting on your computer hard drive as you create records of memories, family and friends and the events of your life.
To get started in digital scrapbooking, you'll need a computer, photo editing software (I use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements), digital photos (from your digital camera or scanner) and digital elements—papers, frames, text art, etc. You can make your own digital papers and elements from scratch, but most people opt to buy digital scrapbooking kits—packages containing a set of premade, coordinated papers and embellishments—from the plethora of resources available online.
Then, with all this in hand, it's next a matter of putting it all together and creating the scrapbooking layout of your digital page.
But, while creating a digital scrapbook page from scratch can be a really enjoyable project, it definitely requires time and patience and a certain level of skill with photo editing software. For that reason lots of folks turn to quickpages for their digital scrapbooking endeavors.
Quickpages are pre-designed digital scrapbooking pages. Quickpages make creating a DS page easy because a lot of the work has already been done for you.
There are two basic types of quickpages.
The most basic kind is a flat, single layer quickpage that includes cutout photo frames. These kinds of quickpages come ready to use in the PNG format (since PNG allows for transparency). All you have to do is add your photos and some journaling if you like and you're done. Ta Da!
Quickpages also come in a layered format. These take a bit more skill to use, but they're still really easy and have the added bonus that they are completely editable. With layered quickpages, you have access to all of the layers, so you can resize elements, move things around or even delete or add in entire layers. Some layered quickpages come in shades of grey, where the different shades serve as a guide to indicate where different papers and elements should go. Other quickpages include the papers and elements already.
With all that said, as a gift to our readers, we have created two digital scrapbooking quickpages. Each page is included as both a flat PNG quickpage and a layered quickpage. The layered quickpages are compatible with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
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Check out our next post where we show you how to use these quickpages to create your own digital scrapbooking page.
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We've seen how managing the ISO setting allows you to control the amount of grain that shows in your photos. But it does more than that. Understanding and working with the ISO setting gives us added flexibility in terms of setting the other two exposure settings–aperture and shutter speed.
The bottom line is that ISO is an important and useful tool, and one that you will want to be comfortable with if you are looking to take creative control of your exposure.