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July 2nd, 2011, 04:13 PM
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Here are a few links to general lessons/tips all people should know when they first start doing digital scrapbooking:

How to unzip files
Installing fonts
What are layers

Programs used for digital scrapbooking.
There are several programs you can use for digital scrapbooking. The three main ones are Photoshop CS, Photoshop Elements (both created by Adobe), and Paint Shop Pro. Those programs are more commonly referred to as:
Photoshop CS - CS
Photoshop Elements - PSE
Paint Shop Pro - PSP
Usually those initials are followed by a number, the number indicates what version of the program is being used. The versions are basically telling you how new it is. Newer programs tend to have newer or better elements.

The Photoshop family of programs is the most popular line of programs for digital scrapbooking and tutorials and certain digital scrapbooking related things tend to almost always be geared to those programs. Photoshop Elements is a cheaper and more condensed version of Photoshop CS. The more obscure the program (generally they will be cheaper or free) the harder it's going to be to find tutorials or people who know it to help you learn it.

What are kits?
Kits are the common name for a group of supplies for doing digital scrapbooking. A kit will generally contain "papers," "embellishments," and "alphas." All of those are things you would find in a regular paper scrapbooking kit. You use these things to help you create your pages.
The papers are generally just like papers you would use in paper scrapbooking. They are either patterned, or all one solid color. In a kit all of these papers will be coordinated with matching colors and themes.
The embellishments are the things you add (generally) on top of the papers to create your page. Embellishments include things like frames, stickers, flowers, and other things like that.
Alphas are things you would use the way you would a sticker set of the alphabet. Basically, they are just fancier than the fonts you would otherwise use.

What do you do after you download your digital scrapbooking kit?
After you download your kit you need to locate the zipped files that you have downloaded. I suggest if you don't just download them automatically to your downloads folder that you pick one place to download your files to consistently so that you aren't hunting all over your computer for them. Once you have located the zipped files you need to unzip them (see link above).
When you've unzipped open the folder (if it doesn't take you automatically to it), inside you'll either see another folder named the same or similar to the one you just opened, or you'll see a list of items. If you see the folder similarly names open it, inside should be the list of items. Minimize your folder.
Go to wherever you plan too keep all of your digital scrapbooking supplies. How you chose to arrange your supplies is completely up to you. Me, I create a new folder for each kit I have, labeling the folder with the name of the kit and the name of the person who created it. As you get more and more supplies you are going to want to come up with an arrangement that suits you best. Open back up the window with the list of items, select them, and then drag them over to where you want them.

*Click here for more information and tips on getting started on digital scrapbooking*
mom of: Zach (10), Ryan (8), Bella (5), Mason (2), and pollywog #5 due 12/04/14

Last edited by trishosaurus; July 2nd, 2011 at 04:19 PM.
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