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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2009

    Question Very new beginner!

    I love doing photobooks on Shutterfly but just recently wanted to start learning digital scrapbooking. I have no idea how to use Corel Paint Shop Pro or PhotoShop. I have Corel but if anyone suggests one is user friendly over the other I would love to hear it!

    I also just downloaded some .png scrapbook templates but have no idea how to get my photos uploaded into the templates or convert it into a .jpg to upload into shutterfly photobook! I would love any suggestions!! Thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Welcome! You came to the right place =)

    I would only suggest Photoshop because most use this program and therefore you can get more help with it. Cassie Jones has the best tutorials and there is one that will take you step by step on how to complete a template =)

    Getting Started With Templates - Digital Scrapbooking Tutorials

    Hope to see you in the gallery really soon!!

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    First, I want to extend to you a warm welcome to DD!

    Photoshop Elements is well worth it to purchase and with the Cassie Jones tutorial Jen suggested in her post, you would learn how to use the software, while at the same time completing a beautiful layout. You are guaranteed to have instant success!

    Mac computer/Adobe Creative Cloud: CS and Lightroom; SonyA57

  4. #4
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    Aug 2007
    WELCOME!! Definitely start with Photoshop Elements. Download the free trial for your computer (PC or Mac). Cassie is the best. Just give yourself time and make the learning part of the fun. Hope to see your pages soon. It is ALL fun so relax and enjoy the process.

    edit photos, photo editing program | Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

    That's the Adobe link but when you get ready to buy it buy from Costco (if you have a PC - they don't sell Mac stuff, pity) or Amazon. It's cheaper.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    southern Oregon coast
    Welcome! We've all been where you are, so don't be shy about jumping in to share and ask questions.
    I also wholeheartedly recommend using Photoshop Elements. The learning curve is a little easier than Photoshop, but it's as complex as you need it to be later on.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    try this link too, you might find some useful information there.

    Getting Started in Digital Scrapbooking - DesignerDigitals
    Welcome to DD, I hope you'll feel comfortable around here and ask away if you need any help!

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    Tamron:18-270mm 3.5-6.3, 90mm 2.8,
    LR 5 (CC), CS6 on a 17" MacBookPro.
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  7. #7
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    Jun 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by iUma View Post
    That's the Adobe link but when you get ready to buy it buy from Costco (if you have a PC - they don't sell Mac stuff, pity) or Amazon. It's cheaper.
    Costco runs deals on it every once in a while the last one I think was $49 or 59.
    Welcome to DD.

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    Sep 2008
    Just wanted to say it's great to have you here. I use Elements and am very happy with it. Cassie's tutorials are terrific. Hope to see some of your work in the gallery soon.

    My gear: Nikon D700; 24-70mm 2.8; 70-200mm 2.8; 105mm 2.8; 50mm 1.4; 150-500mm 5-6.3
    My software: Photoshop CC on a PC; Lightroom 5.2; ACDSee 17

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    Welcome to DD . . . so glad that you are going digital! I have had PhotoShop Elements for about five years and love it . . . it takes (or took me) a little while to get the hang of, but with Cassie's tutorials you won't have any trouble at all.

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    Software: Photoshop Elements 8.0
    My Gear: Canon PowerShot G10, Canon D50 , Tameron 28-300 lens and Canon 50mm - 1.4 lens
    Computer: iMac

  10. #10
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    Dec 2007
    Welcome to DD. I started out with PSE and had no problems. You can find a lot of help here should you run into a snag.

    Terry's Tales

    Gear: Nikon D60
    Software: CS4
    Platform: Mac

  11. #11
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    Sep 2009
    Thank you for all the information. I will order Photoshop Elements and get reading on Cassie's tutorials!

  12. #12
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    Nov 2007
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    Great advice here for you, so I won't repeat it! But I will look for your pages in the gallery
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    Cameras: Canon Rebel XS DSLR and Canon Power Shot SD900 Digital Elph point-n-shoot
    Software: PSE8 and Lightroom 2

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    You can't go wrong with Cassie's tutorials - they are THE best ever!!! I would say that photoshop is the way to go and I believe that elements is very reasonable to download. Good luck, and I'll also look out for your pages in the gallery!


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    I started out with Paint Shop Pro. It served me well and I was able to create pages for a year or two with it. You will notice that Photoshop and Photoshop Elements are the standard however. So tutorials, etc. are usually written for these programs. The thing that got me to switch? Clipping masks (if you don't know yet, that's where one layer assumes the shape of the the layer below it). I'm not sure if Paint Shop Pro has that ability yet, but it didn't when I used it.

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    Software: Photoshop Elements 6
    Camera: Canon Rebel XT
    Lenses: 50 mm 1.8, 18-55 mm, 75-300

  15. #15
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    Feb 2008
    Welcome to DD!

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    Welcome. I am loving Cassie's tutorials. I've done two now and I'm learning so much about Photoshop.
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    Gear - Canon EOS 500d with 50mm F1.8 IS, 18-55mm IS and 55-250mm IS lens
    Software - Photoshop CS4

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