• How can I get started scrapbooking with Paint Shop Pro?

    Like paper scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking utilizes a combination of digital kits, papers, alphas, stamps, ribbons, and a variety of other digital scrapbooking embellishments. Unlike paper, however, digital scrapbooking gives you the freedom to resize, recolor, and reuse any product in your supply stash. Best of all, there's no mess to put away when you're finished with your page! And this is a great way for getting started, capturing your memories with your first layout! Here at DesignerDigitals we offer one of the largest varieties of digital products featuring Katie Pertiet's designs. This guide will help you get started on your layouts with some great tips.

    When you create a digital scrapbooking layout or image, you do it in much the same way that you would with traditional scrapbooking, in that you layer papers and elements on top of one another. Each paper, photo, or embellishment exists on its own layer in your document, and you can reposition them at your discretion.

    Here are some simple steps for creating a basic digital layout using Corel Paint Shop Pro Ultimate PhotoX2 to help you get started.

    Open your photo-editing software
    Go to File > New and set your document size to 12x12", 300 dpi, transparent background. Click OK. This will be your layout document

    Digital Scrapbooking

    Go to File > Open and locate the file of a paper you would like to use for a background. Click Open.
    Position your layout document and your background paper document windows so that both are visible.
    Click on the patterned paper document. Select Edit > Copy from the Menu Bar.
    Click on the transparent document and select Edit > Paste as New Layer from the Menu Bar.

    Repeat until done

    The paper should now be centered on its own layer in your layout document
    Repeat until done
    Repeat steps 2-5 with a photo, a frame other embellishments of your choice
    Repeat until done

    Position your elements on your page using the Move tool, and you have created a simple, but beautiful layout.
    Repeat until done

    Make sure to check out all our other great kits in the store. Our digital scrapbooking kits and paper packs are a great place to start! They include designer papers and an assortment of digital elements, brushes and alphabets for your layouts. Included also are such things as journal spots, ribbons and so much more! Once you bring up the list you can sort by title, designer, price, date added and popularity just by clicking on the column title. If you click on the same title again it will do a reverse sort as well.

    To reposition a digital element on your digital scrapbooking page, simply click on its layer, and with the Move Tool (M) selected, move your cursor over that element and click and drag the element on your layout to a new position.
    To add depth to your digital scrapbooking elements, go to Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow and adjust the settings in the dialog box to your liking then click OK.
    To move elements in front of or behind one another in your digital page, simply click and drag the layer up or down to a new position in the Layers palette. The higher it is in the palette, the closer it is to the "top" of your digital scrapbooking page.
    To tilt an element on your page, get the Pick Tool (K) and click on the center of the element. This activates a handle. Position your cursor over the right end point of the handle until the cursor changes to two circular arrows. Click and drag in the direction you'd like to tilt the image.

    Products used in this tutorial:
    Almost Layered Template by Katie Pertiet
    Hush-a-Bye Kit by Katie Pertiet
    Pure Solids Paper Pack by Katie Pertiet