Scrapbook Graphics

I’ve gushed about Adobe Photoshop on the Photography blog, but I have yet to sing its praises here on the Scrapbooking blog.

If you’re looking for a phenomenal graphics program to design digital scrapbook kits, then I would highly recommend Adobe Photoshop Elements. Its features are virtually limitless, and if you are already a digital scrapbooking pro, then the popular image editor will only increase the number of amazing effects you can add to your layouts.

Another bonus with Photoshop Elements is that it won’t set you back as much as the full version. Elements is perfect for digital scrapbookers, as it not only allows you to create your own kits, but it does so without breaking the bank. The featured files allow you to create your own patterned paper, cardstock and embellishments. You can even design your own templates to use on current and future page designs.

There is a bit of a learning curve when you first start, but once you get a hang of the software, you will be able to employ a variety of digital scrapbooking techniques, such as textures, shadows and embossing. Layering is also a cinch with Photoshop Elements, as is adding a slew of eye-popping photo effects.

If you are just getting your feet wet in the world of scrapbook kit designing you might consider enrolling in a workshop in order to better make use of your software program. If your local scrapbook shop can’t help you, then look online. Digital Scrapbook Place features several tutorials designed specifically for Photoshop Elements owners. In addition, Cottage Arts is another great online resource for digital scrapbookers looking for tips on how to design kits. Also, consider checking out Scrapbook Bytes. The site offers illustrations and step-by-step instructions on digital designs.

Have you ever designed your own digital scrapbooking kit?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.