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Question: What is digital scrapbooking? What software do I need for digital scrapbooking?

What is digital scrapbooking? What software do I need for digital scrapbooking?

Answer: Digital Scrapbooking, also referred to as digi-scrapping or computer scrapbooking, is a fairly new form of scrapbooking which involves the use of a computer and graphics software to create visual layouts for the purpose of preserving a memory. Originally scrapbooking was done using photos and paper, with hand written journal notes and various small embellishment objects and memorabilia such as buttons, ribbons, stickers, and so on. Digital scrapbooking involves the use of digital photos, clip art, graphic textures, and various photo-objects as embellishment, but the ultimate purpose of preserving memories in the form of a creative keepsake remains.

Some digital scrapbookers may combine digital elements into traditional page layouts--printing and cutting out digital photos, paper, clip art and journal notes--and pasting them together in a tangible layout. Others prefer to work completely with digital content, creating the layout entirely on the computer. Digital scrapbook layouts can be printed and placed in an album, or they may be left as digital files which can be shared electronically via email, the Web or on disc.

Most digital scrapbookers work with a photo editing program such as Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, or Microsoft Digital Image Suite. However, illustration software such as CorelDRAW and page layout software such as Microsoft Publisher can also be used. There is even software designed specifically for the craft of digital scrapbooking. Essentially, you can use any software that allows you to work with layered objects, and supports the PNG file format. PNG files are preferred for digital scrapbooking because they allow the use of transparency in a high quality, true color format.

In addition to software, most digital scrapbookers will also want to have a digital camera, scanner, and printer.

For a more detailed look at digital scrapbooking, see A Beginner's Reference to Digital Scrapbooking and explore the digital scrapbooking resources in the links below.

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