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Welcome to my site of news and creations. I enjoy designing digital scrapbooking kits, background papers for traditional scrapbooking and Greeting cards. You'll find information on software and digital art. Remember search is your friend with this blog, just below you will find a search tool to help you find what you are looking for, using keywords.I hope you've enjoyed your stay here on my blog and leave feeling happy :D, please check in often to see my latest designs. You can Leave your own Poetry and favourite quotes in the online Poetry/Quote book, submit layouts made with blushbutter designs to be added to the poems or quotes you contribute!
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I just have to share some wonderful sites with you for enhancing your scrapbooks in photoshop. There are many more free plugins and proffessional plugins also, not shown here. The first is a favourite site of mine to visit for regular photoshop actions, I really love her paper tear actions, love the torn and inking edge action alot on my layouts for the paper edges http://www.atomiccupcake.com/ . Actions can literally save you oodles of time in the process work of making the same effects over and over again. Saving the wrist particularily for designers and fulltime scrappers on a mission to get albums done.
The following is a site that have some really wonderful actions from vintage photo framing to book making as pictured here. They are really clever and a whole lot of fun! http://www.panosfx.com/ Check out there free section for personal use which making scrapbooking layouts falls under.
Monica Larsen has some great ribbon and bow actions that are wonderful to use, twisted and rumpled ribbons. Lot's of really time saving actions that are just perfect to go with whatever kit you have purchased.
Other sites you may want to investigate are http://www.alienskin.com/ for there fabulous plugins you'll have to watch the demos to see what I mean!
For a nifty page curling plugin check out Av Bro page curler here :
For a great free tiler filter and many more free filters check out Richard Rosenman here:
Oh and I can't forget Auto Fx's Dreamsuite for the wonderful liquid metal plugin and the other cool plugins they have for terrific photo edges and effects.
Photoshop Mama has some awesome tutorials for free with her newsletter and in some of her archives. She teachers you how to make your own simple time saving actions in a simple easy to follow video. She always talks to you as if you are a beginner so her tutorials are suitable for the advanced to beginner levels, I highly reccommend them to become familiar with your powerful programs capabilites. http://www.photoshopmama.net/
I know with all these great links to investigate you'll be busy visiting sites in search of making your pages the best they can be. Oh on a caution note of advice, actions and plugins can take alot of ram and if your computer is only just managing to get things saved in high resolution in Adobe photoshop, please don't go installing any plugins until you get more ram and a faster computer. I work off a 4gig ram computer and a 1000gig memory PC system so I don't have to worry about my computer crashing, which it will do on the slow systems.
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Hi just my two cents here for those of you with no experience at all and want to put a free site up professionally and fast, retaining all control then I suggest taking a look at www.doteasy.com they have free 100mb with no banner adds like bravehost do. Also if you want to have scripts running on the site they have tech's install them for you. Personally I suggest getting a domain and site through them and having blogger installed as the main script, with some tweaking it can look proffessional and stay interesting with the site changing constantly. I'm not sure if ranking on the major search engines is important to you or not, but if you don't use a blog for your main page it's virtually a waste of money trying to pay to get onto the search engines. I guess it all depends if you want returning hits too, as looking at a nice stagnant page the first time is lovely but everytime you revisit and it still is the same then forget it!. Run a search on scrapbooking on a major search engine and see how many sites come up, last time I checked there were 20,500,000 and I ranked finally on page 13 woohoo! I can tell you not with out some effort on my behalf. Now if you were to do a image scrapbooking search then I'm on page 3 thereabouts depends on the content on my site for that search day. Here I am giving all my secrets away, but take my experience from me, don't learn the hard way on building a website business up!
Now why do I say blogger instead of b2evolution? Because unless you have php scripting knowledge and a database then forget B2evo, blogger keep and run updates and security patches(necessary defence against hackers) on their script constantly and you have no concerns about doing that for yourself. Easy admin controls and photo upload areas. If you want more you can link static html pages to your blog roll website showcasing a gallery and store. Well I'm hoping this news article saves some time and alot of frustration for some of you. Please Comment away, more advice and knowledge freely contributed would be lovely for visitors reading this.
A free software download from Google.
Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organised by date with folder names you will recognise. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organised.
Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures â€“ you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, and even post pictures on your own blog
Art Resources, one of the Web's most user friendly resources for learning Paint Shop Pro! Hi I just discovered this great site, and just had to share it with all you guys!!
Av Bros Page Curl Pro 2.0
I really love this Plug-in. Again, I can't say enough about the genius of the brothers Alex and Vladimir Shalikashvili with Pro version of Page Curl.
The interface is tasteful and easy to understand and the curl and fold possibilities are endless.
You can create multiple folds and or curls on the same image as seen with the sticky note on the left which has a fold and a curl or you can create a swirly curl as seen on the colorful ribbon with complete control.
I recommend this plug-in for digital scrappers as well as image manipulation enthusiasts.
Go check out their gallery and then download a free demo and see Page Curl Pro 2.0 in action for yourself.
I've been asked what my recomendations are for digital scrapbooking, and it's hard for me to recommend any one program as I am familiar with quite a few and use them all differently for different tasks, I'd love to just point you to a program and say get that one, but advising you to spend your money on a program that you find overwhelming and very frustrating is not what I want to do to you, so my suggestion for you is to first take a look at all the interfaces of the various different programs free tutorials found on the web or at Lynda.com. Then download the program you feel is friendliest to use,They all offer free trials(usually a period of 15-30days)to test that program fully . Set aside a weekend and try to make a layout, download a freebie and see how easy it is to use and combine all the elements and photos into an arrangement, Please do this with only one program at a time, you will need the full 15 days to experience the program fully and it's useability. No good downloading several, installing them and only having the chance to explore one or two before their free trials run out.
http://www.gimp.org/ GIMP is free so no need to worry about time with that, still looking for suport tutorials for digital scrapbooking with this program, haven't found many at all, so that's a good thing to keep in mind. Also remember I have actually done graphic design school courses with
Adobe photoshop and
Adobe Illustrator to become familiar with these programs, I needed to have a teacher showing me the capibilities of these programs, I found them very overwhelming at first and it has taken me along time to become familiar with using them. I'm still learning how to use all the many different features and techniques of these powerful programs, I take tutorials online all the time trying to keep upto date on the many new techniques. Adobe Elements an easier more compact version of photoshop have a very user friendly tutorial built in and going through that makes the program so easy to use.
Corel Jasc PSP (Paint Shop Pro) is a fun program that does it all, most of the little cute clipart you see around the web has usually been made with this program, from animation to background making layering photos, it does it all, saying that, a recent visit to their site showed me their PSP PRO X program comes with over 500 elements and clipart like buttons and flowers etc... especially great for digital scrapbooking. Now Xara, well it's not a very well known graphics program and I've only just become aware of it in the last year, but it's been around for years, it's a program full of capabilities that are just to good to believe, unfortunately there are no video tutorials I have found for this program, but it does have a great many written tutorials with screen captures and support sites to help you learn the program. Microsoft Image Pro(60 day free trial)I have to say I'm not familiar with at all, sorry about that. But saying that, the very many digital scrapbooking forums I have been to and posts I have read, it seems to be the number one choice for beginners and digital scrapaholics alike to use, I've seen some amazing layouts done using this program. Read more indepth critique. There are digital scrapbooking tutorials for this program to. I have to go for now, I'll contiue on with this topic another time, if you have a program you enjoy please leave comments of your preferences to help others who want to get into digital scrapbooking but not sure of what program choice to make.
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