Back Up Your Digital Supplies

Backing Up Your Digital Files

We’ve been focusing on organizational issues this month, so it’s time to have “the talk.”  You know, the one about backing up your files.  You hear it all the time, don’t you?  “Have you backed up your files lately?”  You’ve also heard all the horror stories.  People who have lost all their photos, digital pages, digital supplies.  It’s so sad when you hear of that happening to someone else, but do you back up regularly?  Or are you one of those people who think that the inevitable will never happen to them?  I’m here to give you some tips on backing up your digital files.  Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at back ups, this article is for you . . .

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Saving Your Digital Scrapbook Layouts for Web & Print

Saving Layouts for Web and Print

Lisa here again wrapping up our Digital Scrapbooking Basics series with a few tidbits on saving your work so that you can share it in print or on-line.


So, the Photoshop/Photoshop Elements native layered document format is a .PSD file. And there is actually another option for saving your layered files. Why would I want to save my file in any other format than a .PSD file? Well, as a PC user, the .PSD file thumbnails are not viewable in Windows Explorer. You only get the standard Adobe icon for them. Enter the .tif file, or TIFF format. This can also be a layered file and reportedly can be read by other programs, but I’ve never really had a need to do this.


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An Overview of the Photoshop Tools Panel for Digital Scrapbookers

The Tools Panel

Good morning! Erin here with a brief overview of the tools panel.


The tools panel will appear on the left hand side of your screen when you open Photoshop. Many of the icons have hidden tools available, which you can access by clicking and holding on a tool with a small triangle on the bottom right corner. This graphic shows each of the tools in the Tools Panel, plus the hidden tools.

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Exploring the Layer's Panel for Digital Scrapbookers

Exploring the Layers Palette

Hi, Barbara here coming to you with the next topic in our month long series on digital scrapbooking basics, the Layers Palette. If you’ve been using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you’re familiar with it, but it’s possible there are gems hidden in there that you’ve not even discovered yet! The Layers Palette exists in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements and is at the heart of all of your digital scrapbooking pages. There is so much that you can do and there are so many effects you can achieve within the Layers Palette if you just know where to look. I thought I’d highlight some of the basics and point out a few things so you can experiment and play.

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How to Use Clipping Masks for Digital Scrapbookers

Using Clipping Masks in Templates

If you’re anything like me, you tend to be a bit indecisive when creating pages, especially when working with templates.  I love the fact that with the template, the design aspect is completed for you, but knowing what papers I want to use where tends to make me want to play a bit to see what I like best.  Enter the Clipping Mask…


What are Clipping Masks you may ask?  Quite simply they are a non-destructive way to “clip” papers to the shapes on a template, without affecting the paper itself, so that you can easily move it around to get the look you are after.  Let’s see it in action.

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How to Build Your Digital Scrapbook Stash

Building Your Digital Stash

Browsing through digital scrapbook stores can be both exciting and a little overwhelming. There’s so many things to see, and with a few clicks of your mouse, voila! You can shop – and scrap – in the comfort of your own home in your pajamas, and all in a matter of mere minutes. It’s like being a kid in a candy store: you want everything. Starting out, it’s tempting to just click and buy whatever catches your eye. However, as you begin to accumulate supplies, it’s important to look for foundation pieces; the ones you know you’ll go to time and time again.

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