Lessons 1 & 2 (Programs & Printing)
Welcome to the guided lessons for Course 1, Getting Started in Digital Scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements.
I would suggest setting a personal goal to keep a pace to provide motivation.
Please do not hesitate to post your questions on the blog.
Lesson 1 - Programs
(.pdf) (link to comment)
The first step to learning digital scrapbooking is to choose a program. The first lessons are applicable to all digital scrapbookers. My tutorials use Photoshop Elements and can be applied to any version of PSE.
However, beginning with Lesson 5, the instructions are only applicable for Photoshop Elements.
Take a few moments to review the written .pdf of Lesson 1, as well as the video.
The trial version of Photoshop Elements. You may use the trial version for 30 days while learning these lessons until you have an opportunity to purchase the program. Take the time today to install either a trial copy or a purchased copy of the program.
Acronyms are often used in the digital scrapbooking world. It is good to become familiar with them. For instance, I will often refer to Photoshop Elements as PSE.
After completing Lesson 1, please post a comment so that I may know you have completed the lesson. If you have any questions, please do ask.
Here is a video highlighting parts of this tutorial, but I encourage you to read the tutorial also.
Lesson 2 - Printing
(.pdf) (link to comment)
Questions regarding printing are one of the most asked questions for digital scrapbookers.
This tutorial is VERY intense with so much information. I recommend reading the .pdf tutorial and listening to the video carefully.
This lesson includes:
Do I have to print?
What size do I make my layout
What paper do I print on?
What about places that print professionally?
What about places on the internet to order prints?
What is the best printer to purchase?
What books can I put my layouts in?
What resolution (in my layouts) should I use for printing
Here is a resource list of places to print.
I have had many questions about the Spyder I refer to in the video. You can see a photo of it and how it works on my blog post here.
Please post a comment about what size layouts you have decided to create. Yes, you may change your mind later, but it is a must-do to decide what size layout you will be creating before making your first layout.
Please share how you intend on printing. This is also a question you need to answer for yourself as it may effect what size layout you create. For instance, home printers may be limited in size or the cost of certain sizes when printing professionally may influence your choice.
If you need help deciding, please do not hesitate to ask questions.