Creative Digital Scrapbooking: Designing Keepsakes on Your Computer
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Katherine Murray has published more than 40 nonfiction books on topics ranging from computers to business to parenting. She also writes a regular lifestyle column for Sony on digital imaging and video capture, and is a columnist for Microsoft Online.
With the explosion of digital cameras and the wealth of accompanying digital images, digital scrapbooking has emerged as an activity that brings people together to tell their stories, preserve their memories, and perhaps share a little gossip over the act of creating digital scrapbooks. Here to help you do so with creativity and panache is one of the first books on the topic from veteran technology and lifestyle writer Katherine Murray. Using a combination of friendly how-to instruction, full-color illustrations and examples, personal anecdotes, and a grab-bag of creative tips, this high-energy volume takes you through each of the steps in creating a digital scrapbook--from planning and capturing quality photos to choosing fonts, collecting clip art, telling the story, laying out pages, sharing the scrapbook, enhancing it with video, and more. Also included are a resources appendix and a guide to scrapbook-friendly hardware and software.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
publish on the Internet,
This review is from: Creative Digital Scrapbooking: Designing Keepsakes on Your Computer (Paperback)Once, scrapbooking was a totally low tech hobby. No computers in sight. But Murray tells what massive cheap disks and RAM and scanners, and fast CPUs and high bandwidth have done to create a digital version of the hobby.
You can regard the book as a long exposition of how to use Paint Shop Pro in a domestic context. The example images that she provides are often of family events. She writes in a reassuring, nontechnical manner for you. The key tips she supplies are not really about a sequence of steps in Paint Shop to achieve a desired effect. These are of secondary importance. Instead, she writes about what makes a great image. How you should capture what inspires you or your family. The advice is timeless and could have been given about a traditional scrapbook.
The main qualitative difference now is in how you can publish your scrapbook on the Internet, so others can enjoy your work. One of the main drivers of the hobby's growth.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Jumpstart Your Creativity,
This review is from: Creative Digital Scrapbooking: Designing Keepsakes on Your Computer (Paperback)This book is not just about scrapbooking on your computer. It is also great for creative inspiration. Unlike other books about digital scrapbooking the author, Katherine Murray, has included many useful ideas, tips and checklists that will jumpstart your creativity. This is not to say that the book does not thoroughly cover digital scrapbooking. Throughout the book Murray has numerous step-by-step examples of everything from creating digital background papers for your scrapbook pages to making a slide show of your finished scrapbook.
Before you even turn on your computer, Murray discusses the planning of your scrapbook. She helps you decide on a theme and style based on the story you want to tell. To help you, Murray has included a Digital Scrapbook Project Plan worksheet. Next, she covers what tools you will need for your digital workshop area. She talks about features to look for when choosing image editing software. Although she discusses this in a general context, most... Read more
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced,
This review is from: Creative Digital Scrapbooking: Designing Keepsakes on Your Computer (Paperback)This book wasn't quite what I expected, but it is a very good value if you are looking for a "manual" for digital scrapbooking, similar to other computer software books you may find in print. It includes a lot of good scrapbook design basics (if you don't already have a lot of good materials around the how to's of scrapbook page layout and design). I don't much care for detailed instructions on using a single piece of software (the Author uses Paint Shop Pro), but there is a good appendix of available web resources for digital scrapping and photo printing. It is loaded with pictures and Tips callouts. Not necessarily a book you can use as a quick resource, more along the lines of a tutorial as you are learning the subject.
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