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Harmonystar
04-05-2013, 06:28 PM
So April 18th I will be putting on a digital scrapbooking presentation for my church women's group ( a.k.a. The Relief Society to my LDS friends out there :) ) So I'm trying to cram all my excitement and info into a 45 minute presentation.

A very important thing that I don't know much about is scrapbooking and editing programs besides adobe photoshop. If you can tell me what you use if it's not photoshop and maybe even estimated price and how easy or difficult it is for new users that would help me a lot!! Then I can make a list and give out to them so they know their options.

Thanks a ton ladies! I'll give you more updates on my prep (I'm totally going to make a powerpoint presentation Heee!) As I get closer. The presentation is the 18th. Hopefully after that we'll have a few fun new members in our community here. :)

:kisses

My list so far:
Paint Shop Pro
Microsoft Word
Gimp
Creative Memories Storybook Creator
Craft Artist 2
scrapbook max
MyMemories

Neverland Scraps
04-05-2013, 07:06 PM
I started out using Paint Shop Pro
http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?itrkid=boxvsesdincentive&pid=prod4900067&skuId=ESDPSPX5MLAM&pid=prod4900067&1=1&trkid=USsemKWS&storeKey=us&mapcounter=1

I thought it was fairly easy to use, otherwise I probably wouldn't have started digiscrapping! I found it much easier than Photoshop and took me two years to even try my hand at Photoshop because of the learning curve.

Off the top of my head, the one con that I can think of is that it doesn't have a spell check (at least the versions that I used psp 7-12). So before I did any journaling, I would do it in word and then transfer it over to my layout so I knew the spelling was correct.

Lisa
04-05-2013, 07:25 PM
You can tell them that they can try any of the Adobe & Corel products free for 30 days to see if they enjoy the process before buying.

emscraps
04-05-2013, 07:38 PM
I use Microsoft Word...lol! But I also need Paint to save the layout as a jpg.

scrapolina
04-05-2013, 08:11 PM
I use Gimp...its similar in capabilities to PSE but it is free!
http://www.gimp.org/

Harmonystar
04-05-2013, 08:58 PM
Em are you serious? Every time I've tried doing any kind of graphic work in Microsoft Word I usually get frustrated. You are a skilled lady.

melissavt
04-05-2013, 11:37 PM
I started out with Creative Memories Storybook Creator. I now use PSE since most templates were not compatible. I know many designers now have compatible templates. My 9 year DD uses Storybook and loves it!

muldrs
04-06-2013, 06:27 AM
I use Craft Artist 2 (created by Serif). The site that sells it, runs sales on the software (around $25) but its normally $40. I've used Adobe products in the passed for a desktop publishing class in college but VERY MUCH prefer this software. Its very easy to use and designed with scrapbooking in mind. I have yet to come across something (a technique or layout) that I could not do. My sister has used this software (and prior versions) for about 6 years and pretty much knows the entire thing inside and out. She also feels its much easier to scrap with this software as opposed to photoshop. When I run into a question or something I can't figure out I generally go to her first but the site that sells the software has a very helpful forum as well, and has links to MANY you tube video tutorials.

The software has TONS of pre-made blank projects for many other crafts (like cards, cupcake toppers, pendants, etc) that you can use your digikit items to make as well. It also comes pre-loaded with a ton of punches, stencils, and brushes (and you can make your own easily from any object/alpha/font). You can choose to load your kits into the software or just drag the files onto the canvas. Templates work by using png files which you just drag onto the canvas. It also has a full photo editor built into it which is amazing!

They also have a compact version that is free. It doesn't have all the functions of the full version but someone could get a feel for the software before making the commitment of purchasing it.

Ok, I'll get off my soap box now. :) I just love it so much (craft artist, not the soap box)!!


PS: If anyone here is interested in trying it out I'm more than happy to help you learn too.

saviscrap
04-06-2013, 07:02 AM
I use scrapbook max

This program is so so eay to use, I would hate to have to do my LO on photoshop after using SBM, I have tried it to make templates on and only just having mastered that, I feel very restricted (only because of my non use of it)

It cost $40.00 and is amazing and fantastic
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/

Harmonystar
04-06-2013, 04:44 PM
This is so excellent!! I'm a photoshop girl through and through, but that's mostly because of my graphic design classes in high school and college. I know perfectly well that photoshop can be difficult to learn so some of these scrapbooking centered programs might work best for a newbie. I think I'm going to take note of who suggested these programs just in case any of the ladies have questions about any of them I can direct their questions your way if that's okay.

missdamsel
04-06-2013, 06:19 PM
I started out in Powerpoint believe it or not!! lol

emscraps
04-06-2013, 10:03 PM
It's just like MS Word, Missi!!

Nickala27
04-06-2013, 11:48 PM
I use Creative Memorues Stirybook Creator 4.0. It's easy to use and also has basic or advance modes. So you can learn on basic mode with a few s options to get used to the program then when you feel confident move onto the advance mode which gives you a little more flexibility. The only down side is that you can't use psd files with it. I usually use cs2 to convert them - however a lot of designers are now making .page versions of their templates or at least providing pngs.

I'm not sue I'd the price in the States so you might have to look it up. This is a good program for beginners and those who just can't get their brain around photoshop (like me)

scrapjrlgcp
04-07-2013, 01:10 AM
I use gimp also...it is so close to photoshop, but when you drag papers or elements they automatically layer themsleves....it does not have the style abilites like photoshop but it does have an option for adding drop shadows....I hope your show goes great!!!!

scrapjrlgcp
04-07-2013, 01:16 AM
Wow that must very hard..I never thought to use word!!!!!

I use Microsoft Word...lol! But I also need Paint to save the layout as a jpg.

MichaelsMomJo
04-07-2013, 03:51 AM
I use Craft Artist 2 (created by Serif). The site that sells it, runs sales on the software (around $25) but its normally $40. I've used Adobe products in the passed for a desktop publishing class in college but VERY MUCH prefer this software. Its very easy to use and designed with scrapbooking in mind. I have yet to come across something (a technique or layout) that I could not do. My sister has used this software (and prior versions) for about 6 years and pretty much knows the entire thing inside and out. She also feels its much easier to scrap with this software as opposed to photoshop. When I run into a question or something I can't figure out I generally go to her first but the site that sells the software has a very helpful forum as well, and has links to MANY you tube video tutorials.

The software has TONS of pre-made blank projects for many other crafts (like cards, cupcake toppers, pendants, etc) that you can use your digikit items to make as well. It also comes pre-loaded with a ton of punches, stencils, and brushes (and you can make your own easily from any object/alpha/font). You can choose to load your kits into the software or just drag the files onto the canvas. Templates work by using png files which you just drag onto the canvas. It also has a full photo editor built into it which is amazing!

They also have a compact version that is free. It doesn't have all the functions of the full version but someone could get a feel for the software before making the commitment of purchasing it.

Ok, I'll get off my soap box now. :) I just love it so much (craft artist, not the soap box)!!


PS: If anyone here is interested in trying it out I'm more than happy to help you learn too.

I just looked at the website for the CraftArtist software. That's pretty cool! I'm not about to part with my CS5 (and they don't make CraftArtist for Mac anyway), but there are some really neat features of the CraftArtist. I like the stitching feature. Great way to stitch any item down. I'd love to be able to play with that software and see what it can do.

muldrs
04-07-2013, 04:17 AM
I just looked at the website for the CraftArtist software. That's pretty cool! I'm not about to part with my CS5 (and they don't make CraftArtist for Mac anyway), but there are some really neat features of the CraftArtist. I like the stitching feature. Great way to stitch any item down. I'd love to be able to play with that software and see what it can do.

I know! The built in brushes (stitches), edges, and things like that have come in really handy in some of my layouts! Especially when making your own alpha for a kit that may not have one. I just upgraded from the first version and haven't even had time to play with a lot of the new stuff yet. Oh to have a day (or weekend) to scrap with no other responsibilities!

saviscrap
04-07-2013, 06:09 AM
This is so excellent!! I'm a photoshop girl through and through, but that's mostly because of my graphic design classes in high school and college. I know perfectly well that photoshop can be difficult to learn so some of these scrapbooking centered programs might work best for a newbie. I think I'm going to take note of who suggested these programs just in case any of the ladies have questions about any of them I can direct their questions your way if that's okay.


I am happy to answer anyones questions about using scrapbook max, send them my way, 30,000 + people can't be wrong! that is just the ones on the forums!

TerriG
04-08-2013, 02:04 PM
I started out on MyMemories (http://www.mymemories.com/software) but now use PSE. MyMemories is fairly easy to learn and they have a bunch of video tutorials to help out.

Harmonystar
04-19-2013, 06:15 PM
Wanted you all to know that presentation went well. Thanks so much for your help!!