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Scanning Tricks and Why You Should Tell Stories
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Scanning Tricks and Why You Should Tell Stories
Scanning Multiple Photos
If you're like me, you have decades of photos that need scanning into your computer so that they can be digitalized and archived so that they don't deteriorate any more than they already have over the years. (My photos are covered with scratches and lint from years of inadequate storage and careless handling.)
Because scanning hundreds - if not thousands - of photos can be quite a time-consuming project, Adobe has made it possible to scan in multiple photos into your computer at once and then separate them with a single click - assuming that you have scanned them in correctly, of course. I have tons of photos to scan in for my Life Scrapbooks so I am grateful for this functionality!
The most important factor in allowing Photoshop Elements or Photoshop to do their job is to make sure that you have placed the photos on the scanner bed so that there is plenty of white space around them. Note: If your photos have a white edge around them, you need to place a dark piece of paper (like black cardstock) over the photos prior to scanning or your software won't know where the edges of the photos are.
Here's how you cut the photos apart in Photoshop.
Follow this path: File> Crop and Straighten Photos.
Once you click on the Crop and Straighten Photos command, Photoshop splits the images into separate files, as shown above.
Here's how you cut the photos apart in Photoshop Elements.
Once you have scanned the images in, right-click on the image and from the pop-up menu, choose "Edit" in Photoshop Elements Editor. The image will open in the editor window.
Follow this path to divide the photos: Image> Divide Scanned Photos.
You will then see the individual photo files in the photo bin along the bottom of the editor window.
Once the photos are scanned in, the fun begins! Make some digital scrapbooking layouts, taking care to tell the story behind the photos on the pages. If you group all of the related photos on one layout, the story-telling process will be easier because you will be able to recall more details.
Does it take more time to tell the story behind your photos? Yes.
Will your family be grateful that you took the time to tell the story? Without a doubt.
Photos without details and stories become unknown faces for future generations. Because they won't feel a connection to the strangers they see in the images, they may decide to discard them. Photos without details placed on a digital scrapbooking layout are merely fancied-up photos and will not be valued more by future generations just because they are fancy. However, photos accompanied by details and stories become cherished family historical documents.
What can you do if you have a lot of layouts without journaling on them? Is it too late? Do you have to start over?
You can quickly solve the problem of having a lot of layouts without details and journaling if you create a page that contains the story of the layouts. If you keep them all together in your scrapbook, it will all flow together seamlessly and you will have done your job as a family historian!
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A Step-By-Step Recipe for Creating Custom Clusters
Tutorial created using Photoshop CS5 with Mac OSX 10.6
In our family, we have favorite recipes that we use again and again. Bet you do, too! Today, I want to share an easy "recipe" for creating clusters for your digital scrapbooking layouts. The inspiration for this project was this picture of my granddaughter. She just turned two, and I wanted to do a page with this photo, but I didn't have a cluster that worked with these colors.
Follow along as I share my recipe for creating custom clusters.
First, open a new document and bring in a background paper. If you want the photo and the cluster to become the focal point, use a simple or neutral background paper. You will want to form a base for your cluster. The easiest thing is to use borders because most collections contain a few borders. This may sound a little odd, but stack up three borders. You can easily size them to make them different sizes and rotate one or two slightly to show them off. Stacking borders is a great start to creating a clustered look.
Second, add a frame to your photo. This is a vintage, lifted frame from the Love Struck Collection. Place the photo behind the stack of borders.
Third, add some anchors. This can be done with a wide variety of products. You could use leaves, swirls, brushes, glittery sprays, basically anything that anchors your photo without dominating. In this example, the swirl and leaf design were from Super 7 Spread by Amanda Frajio-Tobin and the paper lace doily were from the Love Struck Collection. See how these balance out the photo?
Fourth, add some embellishments. Because you are creating a clustered look, add between five and eight small embellishments. You can use buttons, bows, rickrack, pins, stamps, or anything that fits the theme of your project. In the example below, you can see that seven small embellishments were used.
For a finishing touch, add elements that make the embellishments look like they have been attached to the page. This could be stitching, staples, brads, buttons, or tape. These small details add to the depth of a clustered page.
One thing that may help you is to check the "sweet spots" on your page. These are the four spots on each page that your eye is naturally drawn to. Your eye wants to rest on a focal point. The best layouts usually have the person's eye in one spot and supporting details in areas close to the other spots. It is also good to allow open space so your page isn't too cluttered.
To finish up, you could add a title, a name, or some journaling to explain the story behind your page. See what an easy recipe this is? You could easily adapt or change this formula as your project evolves, but these steps take the mystery out of creating custom clusters on your digital scrapbooking pages. Have fun, go wild, and create your own clusters.
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Article written by Paula Wright
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East Coast High Noon Crop
Wednesday, January 18th - 10:00AM MST
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 10am MT for the East Coast High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week. On January 18th, we'll do a Font Challenge. Use a font that you haven't used before in your layout. Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
Heritage Crop & Chat
Thursday, January 19th - 6:00PM MST
Do you have boxes of old photos that you want to scrap? Is preserving a record of your family's heritage important to you? Come to the Heritage Crop at 6pm MT where we'll give you some basic scanning tips and teach you how you can use Scrapsimple Tools - Styles: Photo Fix 2201 and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Photo Fix 2202 to correct an old photo's color cast.
January Message Board Game: Jumpstart January!
It's time to kick off the new year with fun and focus on scrapbooking! And a few prizes thrown in never hurt, right? Join us on the message board this month for "Jumpstart January!" This is a message board game and challenge to start your year with fun and focus on taking time to scrapbook regularly despite the little speedbumps of life. When the month is over, you'll have completed several layouts and been challenged and treated to some fun along the way.
A member of the Welcoming Committee will post a mini-challenge/task every Monday through Saturday during January. Some tasks will require message board participation, email responses, or gallery posting. Those who complete all tasks and submit or post required participation by 11:59pm MT on January 31st will be entered in a drawing to win one of three $10 Gift Certificates to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Those who complete just the layouts will be entered in a drawing to win one of two $5 Gift Certificates. Those who complete just the speedbumps will be entered in a drawing for one of two $3 Gift Certificates. (Those who complete all tasks will have their name entered in all three drawings!)
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January Monthly Layout Contest: With the beginning of a new year, many people set aside some time to set goals. It might be an exercise plan or establishing better eating habits. It might be getting your life more organized. Or maybe you set goals for your digital scrapbooking output for the year. Post your layouts in the January Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight MST on January 31st. Be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties. Two layouts will be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique!
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