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Impress your scrapbooking club members with the beautiful new pages that you created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. Scrapbooking with Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 will show you how to bring the power of the computer to your photographs and teach you how to retouch and restore them. Create virtual scrapbooks that you can view online or on CD-ROM. You'll save time and money by learning how to use your computer to organize your photos and preserve your important memories. Take your scrapbooks into the digital age ...

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Impress your scrapbooking club members with the beautiful new pages that you created using Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. Scrapbooking with Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 will show you how to bring the power of the computer to your photographs and teach you how to retouch and restore them. Create virtual scrapbooks that you can view online or on CD-ROM. You'll save time and money by learning how to use your computer to organize your photos and preserve your important memories. Take your scrapbooks into the digital age with the help of Scrapbooking with Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789734112
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 4/20/2005
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Carla Rose, a photographer, artist, and award-winning writer, is the author of more than 20 computer books, including Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop in 24 Hours and Sams Teach Yourself Digital Photography and Photoshop Elements All in One.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

I. WHAT YOU NEED TO GET STARTED.

1. Starting a Scrapbook.

What's It About?

Organization.

Style Is More Than Fashion.

Color Schemes.

What to Include on a Page.

What's Your Format?

What's the Difference Between a Scrapbook and a Journal?

Books and Book Covers.

Binding Your Own Book.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

2. Traditional Scrapbooking Tools.

Storage.

Taking Stock.

Booking It.

Sticky Stuff.

Don't Run with Scissors.

Finding the "Write" Tools.

Stamping Grounds.

Embellishments.

Ephemera.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

3. Digital Tools: Hardware.

The Computer.

Resolution? I Resolve to Explain.

Digital Cameras.

Why Go Digital?

When You Go Camera Shopping, Consider...

Scanners.

No Camera? No Scanner?

Printers.

CD or DVD Writer.

But I Don't Have a Computer!

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

4. Digital Tools: Software.

Choosing Your Program.

Why Adobe Photoshop Elements?

Elementary Elements.

Opening Elements.

Working on the Elements Desktop.

What Are on the Menus?

Looking at the Toolbox.

Utility Tools.

Selection Tools.

Miscellaneous Tools.

Painting Tools.

Toning Tools.

Colors.

Starting a New Image.

Browsing for a File.

Saving Your Work.

Choosing a File Format.

Choosing Other Save Options.

Adjusting Resolution.

Saving for the Web.

Undoing and Redoing.

Using the Undo History Palette.

Getting Pictures from a Scanner or Camera.

Transferring an Image.

Getting Photos from a Scanner.

Other Ways to Make Pages.

Programs for Sharing Pages Electronically.

Portable Document Format (.pdf).

Web Pages.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

II. BUILDING YOUR SCRAPBOOK.

5. Page Layout and Design.

Working in Layers.

Working with Templates and Grids.

Composing a Page.

The Importance of White Space.

Eye Leading.

The Rule of Thirds.

Coherent Pages.

Design Elements.

Adding Textures in the Computer.

Textural Objects: Ribbons, Fiber, and Fabrics.

Clip Art for Scrapbookers.

Online Sources.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

6. Creating and Using Backgrounds.

Using Premade Backgrounds.

Backgrounds from the Scanner.

Papers: What's Available.

Other Materials You Can Print On.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

7. Working with Old Photos.

Getting a Good Scan.

Basic Photo Corrections.

Adjusting Levels and Contrast.

Dodging and Burning.

Cleaning Up Dust Spots with the Clone Stamp Tool.

Other Touches.

Moving Paint-Blurring, Sharpening, and Smudging.

Smudges.

Focus Tools.

Removing Dust and Scratches.

Rescuing a Badly Damaged Photo.

Vignetting a Picture.

Photo Tinting.

Correcting Off-Color Photos.

Correcting Color Cast.

Using Fill Flash.

Selective Color Adjustments.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

8. Working with Digital Photos.

Shooting for Scrapbook Pages.

A Better Crop of Pictures.

About Face! Flipping Images.

Resizing.

Blurring Backgrounds.

Standouts.

Applying Color Correction.

Correcting Perspective.

Removing Unwanted Items or People.

Little Touches Mean a Lot.

Fixing Red Eye.

Eliminating Skin Problems.

Going on a Digital Diet.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

9. Turning a Photo into Art.

Applying Filters and Effects.

Faking Watercolor Painting.

Simulating Oil Painting.

Creating Line Art.

Posterizing.

Drawing on Photos.

Making Composites and Collages.

Making Panoramic Photos.

Considerations When You Shoot a Panorama.

Photomerge.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

10. Adding Type.

The Language of Typography.

Putting the Words on the Page.

A Bubble for Your Thoughts?

Choosing Fonts.

Adding Drop Shadows.

Using Masked Type.

Embossing and Other Special Effects.

Creating Metallic Effects.

Warping Text.

Journaling.

Online Sources for Clips and Quotes.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

11. Creating Web/CD-Based Scrapbooks.

Understanding the World Wide Web.

HTML-You Can't Pronounce It but You Can Learn to Love It.

Are You Being Served?

The Right Address.

How to Get on the Web.

Free Websites.

Websites for (Almost) Free.

Be Master of Your Own Domain.

Assembling Web Pages.

For the Do-It-Yourselfer.

Can This Page Be Saved?

How HTML Works.

Enhancing Your Site with Sound and Video.

File Formats and Sizes.

Copyright Issues.

Creating Sound and Video Files.

Putting Your Audio and Video Creations on a Web Page.

Creating CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs.

Summary-What You Need to Remember.

III. APPENDIXES.

A. Other Uses for Your Pictures.

Iron-On Photos.

Printing on Fabric.

Printing on Frosting.

Bibelot Boxes and Other Tchotchkes.

Stationery, Calendars, and Cards.

The End, or the Beginning?

B. Glossary of Computer Graphics and Scrapbooking Terms.

C. While You're Wandering the Web.

Index.

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Preface

The Lure of Scrapbooking

As Simon and Garfunkel said, "Preserve your memories. They're all that's left you."

A scrapbook is, literally, a book full of scraps. The main content is usually photos: weddings, baby pictures, and travel photos. Of course, scraps are all kinds of things, not just photos, but ephemera of all kinds—ticket stubs, pressed flowers, menus, pamphlets, post cards, souvenirs—whatever helps you to remember the places, events, and people they're tied to.

A scrapbook can also be a journal, a way of displaying your thoughts, as well as your favorite things and pictures. Scrapbooks are about people, places, pets, or whatever tickles your fancy or tugs your heartstrings.

Scrapbooks have been around in one format or another for many years, but the concept of creating them digitally is new and exciting. With even a simple digital camera or scanner and some inexpensive software, you can jump right in and have reasonably professional-looking pages in a couple of hours.

If you love scrapbooking, you're not alone. About 25% of households now have scrapbooks, compared to 13% three years ago. The current craze is thought to have begun in 1981, in Utah. Mormons, always big on genealogy, started gathering family photos to go with the family tree. Scrapbooking really started back around the turn of the 20th century, as photographs printed on paper became readily available. Prior to that, photos were made on glass plates, elaborately framed with embossed metal edges and tooled leather covers.

Grandma's scrapbooks were nothing more than large books with black or manila construction paper pages holding neat rows of photos, sometimes labeled, unfortunately sometimes not. Pictures were inserted at each corner into small triangular pockets, or were too often glued in place with anything from wheat paste to mucilage or even rubber cement. These glues destroyed most of the pictures to which they were applied. They stained. They cracked. It was usually impossible to remove the picture from the page without tearing it. The acids in the papers mixed with the chemicals in the photos and inks to bleach out the pictures or even eat holes in them.

Today, we have better adhesives that can be peeled off if you want to move a picture and are free of acids and chemicals that might eat the images right off the page. We have acid-free papers, better photo materials, and we can even save our scrapbooks on CD or DVD discs or send them out into cyberspace for the ultimate in long-term storage.

Scrapbooking brings people together, not only to enjoy the finished scrapbook but also to help create them. Scrapbooking parties, called croppings for the picture cropping or trimming that's a necessary part of the craft, are much like old-fashioned quilting bees. Groups of family members or friends get together to share snacks and memories as they work on their pages. It's fun, and there are always a few experienced scrapbookers in the crowd to give advice on making pages more interesting. There are even "cropping weekends" held at fancy resorts and "cropping cruises" to allow scrapbookers some working time while their spouses and kids have something else to do.

Just as the scrapbook originally evolved as a place to show off the then-new art of photography, our current obsession with digital photography led to digital scrapbooking. It's the next logical step forward. A digital scrapbook can even contain digital video and music clips, spoken journal entries rather than written, animation, and whatever else you can think of.

There are other virtues to digital scrapbooking as well. Unlike regular film photography, it's very easy to retouch a digital picture. You can remove anything that shouldn't be there, including dead tree branches in a landscape or Uncle Harry's tacky girlfriend. If the photo is crooked, you can straighten it. You can use the same picture as often as you want. If it's in black and white, you can color it; or you can remove some or all of the color from those overly bright 1960 Kodachrome prints.

If you make up the pages on the computer instead of with scissors and glue, you can set the type for captions, quotes, or journal notes right on the page. There are thousands of typefaces available, and you can make the type any size you like, knowing it will look professional. You can choose from all the millions of colors your computer screen displays, and you can, if you have access to an inkjet color printer, print copies of your pages to put in a "real" (non-digital) book.

Digital scrapbooks are easy to share. You can put them up on a website for family and friends. Use password protection if you don't want to open your scrapbook to the public. You can send your scrapbook as a CD-ROM with sounds and movies for less than the cost of an annual Christmas card. Distributing copies of your scrapbooks digitally is good insurance against losing all those precious memories in a flood, fire, or other catastrophe.

Why has scrapbooking become such a hot topic? In an interview in the New York Times, Deidre Bullock, a consultant for the Minnesota-based Creative Memories, the largest nontraditional retailer of scrapbooking products, says simply, "It keeps the art of storytelling alive." Even beyond that, sociologists have noticed a trend towards "cocooning" that started somewhere in the 1990s. Home and family are more important to us now than in the wild and crazy years that came before. Scrapbooking is a great family activity, as well as a good excuse to get together with friends for cropping parties and to teach each other new techniques.

Also, of course, there's money to be made. With one in four Americans making scrapbooks, it's now a 3-billion-dollar-a-year industry. That includes materials sold at general craft store chains such as Michael's and A.C. Moore; internet businesses that sell scrapbook supplies; and home scrapbooking parties, much like Tupperware parties, where a consultant demonstrates techniques and sells kits to make a specific page that features the user's photos. Finally, for those who can't, or haven't the time, to do it themselves, there are S4Os. That's short for "scrapbook for others," and it's becoming a lucrative home-based business. Typically, a professional scrapbooker charges about $20 a page to assemble your old photos into themed pages, or upwards of $200 to do a whole scrapbook or album. The latter are in turn moneymakers for the bakers, photographers, landscapers, and muralists who commission them. You can find a professional scrapbook maker by asking at your local crafts shop or on the Web at http://a.webring.com/hub?ring=customscrapbooka.

Whatever the cost, whether you do the work yourself or hire someone to do it, whether you work with a computer or scissors and glue, scrapbooking is time and money well-spent. After all, you're saving memories, and memories are priceless.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Introduction

The Lure of Scrapbooking

As Simon and Garfunkel said, "Preserve your memories. They're all that's left you."

A scrapbook is, literally, a book full of scraps. The main content is usually photos: weddings, baby pictures, and travel photos. Of course, scraps are all kinds of things, not just photos, but ephemera of all kinds--ticket stubs, pressed flowers, menus, pamphlets, post cards, souvenirs--whatever helps you to remember the places, events, and people they're tied to.

A scrapbook can also be a journal, a way of displaying your thoughts, as well as your favorite things and pictures. Scrapbooks are about people, places, pets, or whatever tickles your fancy or tugs your heartstrings.

Scrapbooks have been around in one format or another for many years, but the concept of creating them digitally is new and exciting. With even a simple digital camera or scanner and some inexpensive software, you can jump right in and have reasonably professional-looking pages in a couple of hours.

If you love scrapbooking, you're not alone. About 25% of households now have scrapbooks, compared to 13% three years ago. The current craze is thought to have begun in 1981, in Utah. Mormons, always big on genealogy, started gathering family photos to go with the family tree. Scrapbooking really started back around the turn of the 20th century, as photographs printed on paper became readily available. Prior to that, photos were made on glass plates, elaborately framed with embossed metal edges and tooled leather covers.

Grandma's scrapbooks were nothing more than large books with black or manila construction paper pages holdingneat rows of photos, sometimes labeled, unfortunately sometimes not. Pictures were inserted at each corner into small triangular pockets, or were too often glued in place with anything from wheat paste to mucilage or even rubber cement. These glues destroyed most of the pictures to which they were applied. They stained. They cracked. It was usually impossible to remove the picture from the page without tearing it. The acids in the papers mixed with the chemicals in the photos and inks to bleach out the pictures or even eat holes in them.

Today, we have better adhesives that can be peeled off if you want to move a picture and are free of acids and chemicals that might eat the images right off the page. We have acid-free papers, better photo materials, and we can even save our scrapbooks on CD or DVD discs or send them out into cyberspace for the ultimate in long-term storage.

Scrapbooking brings people together, not only to enjoy the finished scrapbook but also to help create them. Scrapbooking parties, called croppings for the picture cropping or trimming that's a necessary part of the craft, are much like old-fashioned quilting bees. Groups of family members or friends get together to share snacks and memories as they work on their pages. It's fun, and there are always a few experienced scrapbookers in the crowd to give advice on making pages more interesting. There are even "cropping weekends" held at fancy resorts and "cropping cruises" to allow scrapbookers some working time while their spouses and kids have something else to do.

Just as the scrapbook originally evolved as a place to show off the then-new art of photography, our current obsession with digital photography led to digital scrapbooking. It's the next logical step forward. A digital scrapbook can even contain digital video and music clips, spoken journal entries rather than written, animation, and whatever else you can think of.

There are other virtues to digital scrapbooking as well. Unlike regular film photography, it's very easy to retouch a digital picture. You can remove anything that shouldn't be there, including dead tree branches in a landscape or Uncle Harry's tacky girlfriend. If the photo is crooked, you can straighten it. You can use the same picture as often as you want. If it's in black and white, you can color it; or you can remove some or all of the color from those overly bright 1960 Kodachrome prints.

If you make up the pages on the computer instead of with scissors and glue, you can set the type for captions, quotes, or journal notes right on the page. There are thousands of typefaces available, and you can make the type any size you like, knowing it will look professional. You can choose from all the millions of colors your computer screen displays, and you can, if you have access to an inkjet color printer, print copies of your pages to put in a "real" (non-digital) book.

Digital scrapbooks are easy to share. You can put them up on a website for family and friends. Use password protection if you don't want to open your scrapbook to the public. You can send your scrapbook as a CD-ROM with sounds and movies for less than the cost of an annual Christmas card. Distributing copies of your scrapbooks digitally is good insurance against losing all those precious memories in a flood, fire, or other catastrophe.

Why has scrapbooking become such a hot topic? In an interview in the New York Times, Deidre Bullock, a consultant for the Minnesota-based Creative Memories, the largest nontraditional retailer of scrapbooking products, says simply, "It keeps the art of storytelling alive." Even beyond that, sociologists have noticed a trend towards "cocooning" that started somewhere in the 1990s. Home and family are more important to us now than in the wild and crazy years that came before. Scrapbooking is a great family activity, as well as a good excuse to get together with friends for cropping parties and to teach each other new techniques.

Also, of course, there's money to be made. With one in four Americans making scrapbooks, it's now a 3-billion-dollar-a-year industry. That includes materials sold at general craft store chains such as Michael's and A.C. Moore; internet businesses that sell scrapbook supplies; and home scrapbooking parties, much like Tupperware parties, where a consultant demonstrates techniques and sells kits to make a specific page that features the user's photos. Finally, for those who can't, or haven't the time, to do it themselves, there are S4Os. That's short for "scrapbook for others," and it's becoming a lucrative home-based business. Typically, a professional scrapbooker charges about $20 a page to assemble your old photos into themed pages, or upwards of $200 to do a whole scrapbook or album. The latter are in turn moneymakers for the bakers, photographers, landscapers, and muralists who commission them. You can find a professional scrapbook maker by asking at your local crafts shop or on the Web

Whatever the cost, whether you do the work yourself or hire someone to do it, whether you work with a computer or scissors and glue, scrapbooking is time and money well-spent. After all, you're saving memories, and memories are priceless.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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