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Digital Scrapbooking Techniques

Many techniques used in paper scrapbooking can be duplicated digitally. For example, scrapbookers crop excess image from their photos. What's more, on the computer, not only can you crop an image, but you can resize what's left, to enlarge or shrink it. You can experiment with the image without destroying it as you would if you used scissors. You can create a cutout photo effect digitally by removing the background from a photo with the Background Eraser tool, or you can cut around the photo using the Lasso tool and then copy and paste the cutout onto your page as a new layer.

Whereas paper scrapbookers keep a supply of cardstock and patterned papers to use for page backgrounds, the digital scrapbooker can create papers inside Photoshop. Using fills, filters, textures, and lines, you can mimic textured papers, patterned papers, and even stripes and plaids—and you'll never suffer from not having the right color of paper when you can create your own.

Similarly, whereas paper scrappers typically use stickers for page titles, you can create titles digitally using any installed computer font. You can also easily replace a character in a title with an image. For example, you might replace the o in the word Flowers with a flower image from your own photos or a clip art collection. To do this, create the text as two separate pieces without the letter o, and assemble the pieces on either side of a flower image.

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