Monday, May 14, 2012

Software for Digital Scrapbooking

Software for Digital Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is extremely popular in the United States and over time gets more and more popular in other countries as well. But nearly every day I have emails from scrapbooking beginners who like to learn more about the utilities they need to get started. Here an overview over the best digital scrapbooking software.

There are lots of different
software programs available to do digital scrapbooking but you do not really need a special one - each individual graphic program that opens JPG and PNG files are fine. You can even use older graphic programs. Common graphic programs are Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, iScrapbook, ScrapbookMax, Gimp, PaintShop Pro, MyMemories Software Suite and Photo Impact.

Graphic programs work all more or less
equal. You can open files, transform them, place them on the scrapbook, blend them in - all this and much more works in every graphic program but might be slightly different. With all of these programs you can create beautiful scrapbooks.

But there is one
significant difference between the typical digital scrapbooking software suits such as MyMemories, Scrapbook Max, and iScrapbook and the image editing software such as Photoshop Elements.
While you can use Photoshop Elements
combined with all kind of bundles from any store you have to buy from the MyMemories, Scrapbook Max or iScrapbook Store to employ their digital scrapbooking kits. You can't add other files into their software.
Sooner or later the typical digital scrapbooking software suites will
limit your inventive thinking. In some you cannot add photo masks, in others you can't extract people from pictures.
Photoshop is also not the first choice for a digital scrapper - for one reason: it is very expensive. The better choice is Photoshop Elements. While the other mentioned programs maybe also a great choice I highly recommend Photoshop Elements for
many reasons

• if you want to switch to Photoshop later you already know most of the program
• great value for your money, e.g. you have a photo organization software included: you can star and tag your
pics or sort into categories
• it's not more expensive than the other suites
• it contains several pre-made, easy-to-use effects such as photographic effects, color correction, or lightening and exposure. Additionally you can create and order photo prints, photo books, photo calendars, and much more directly out of the program.
• You can share your creations out of the program with online albums, as email attachments, Facebook, and several more.

Some reasons might be a personal
choice but because Photoshop is a standard software for image editing there are also many 3rd party apps such as Actions, Styles, and Filters available.
So all in all the investment into Photoshop Elements is the better choice.

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