learn digital scrapbooking!
Have you ever heard the words “digital scrapbooking” and immediately thought, “I can’t do that. Photoshop is too complicated.” We get it. The word “Photoshop” strikes fear into the hearts of so many. But why is that exactly? Yes, Photoshop can do many extraordinary things, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. That is why we set out with a goal to teach digital scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements.
We are so excited to announce a new series of FREE digital video tutorials on our YouTube channel. This series is designed to take you from a complete beginner with no Photoshop knowledge, to a Digital Project Life® scrapbooking pro. You see, you don’t have to know EVERYTHING about Photoshop in order to create beautiful pages. That is where so many people get hung up. This series of tutorials focuses on what you need to know and throws in a couple of other tips and tricks, just for fun.
What program do I need?
This series was filmed in Photoshop Elements 15. We recommend Photoshop Elements for all of our first-time digital customers. Full-version Photoshop, or Photoshop Creative Cloud, works just fine, but it has way more bells and whistles than you will need to create digital layouts. Photoshop Elements is a one-time purchase for your computer while Photoshop Creative Cloud is part of a monthly subscription through Adobe.com. If you want to try your hand at digital scrapbooking without the commitment, you can download a free 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements from Adobe.com (scroll down to the bottom of the product page for a trial download link). Secret tip: Places like Amazon and Costco will run sales on Photoshop Elements and you can get some seriously great deals!
Older versions of Photoshop Elements will work as well. We recommend staying with Photoshop Elements 10-15, but don’t let that stop you from trying out the tutorials if you have a version older than 10. Some of the features like “Guided Edits” may not be available on your version, but other tools and functions should be the same. The tutorials are free, so you really have nothing to lose by giving it a try with older software.
What will I learn?
You can work through the video tutorials at your own pace. You can stop, pause, rewind over and over to your heart’s content. Once you have one technique down, you are free to move onto the next one. All of the video tutorials are currently available for your learning and enjoyment. Here is a list of the tutorials in order of how they were designed to be watched:
- Photo Editing:
- Type Tool:
Let’s take a closer look at what is covered. When we designed this course, we put a lot of thought into what you would need to know to complete a Digital Project Life layout from start to finish. We don’t ask our kids to jump in and start working at school without getting familiar with their school and classroom, and we won’t ask the same of you either! We will start by taking a short tour around the Photoshop Elements workspace to get you familiar with the layout and the tools that we will be focusing on. Sit back, relax, and get comfortable with your screen before working with the tools and functions of Photoshop Elements.
From there we will dive into photo editing. Now, stay with me here. I know that you have all seen crazy, amazing photos that have been edited with Photoshop. I think this is where some of the Photoshop intimidation comes from. We aren’t going down that road. We are just going to look at some basic tips to take your photos up a notch and making them pop. Below is a sample of a couple of pictures edited with the tips in these videos. These aren’t stellar pictures, but I believe that even the not-so-stellar pictures tell our everyday stories. I spent just a few minutes making a couple of edits and now they look so much better. Think of the magic you can do to your own photos!
After photo editing, we will introduce you to your new best friend – the digital template. What’s so special about digital templates? They take care of all of the basic design work for you. All you have to do is add your photos and cards by creating a clipping mask. A clipping mask is just a fancy term for a command you will give Photoshop using a couple of keys on your keyboard. After you do it a couple of times, you will be a clipping mask pro. Here is a sneak peak of the layout completed in this lesson.
That’s not all you can do with templates. Once you get comfortable with the basic functionality of templates, you can kick it up a notch and customize them to suit your own needs. Say what? Yep! You aren’t locked into the layout of a template design forever and always. You can move clipping masks around, rotate templates for a different look, and even clip giant pictures into multiple pockets for a fun, unique look.
No story would be complete without the words, right? After templates we will learn about the type tool. The type tool enables us to add titles to layouts, journaling to cards, and even allows us to add some personalization to photos. Have you ever wanted to add fun word art or dates to your pictures? The type tool is where it is at, friends!
Pictures + templates + journaling = awesome digital layout. That’s all you really need to know to create great layouts. Take out all of the excess stuff of Photoshop Elements and you can totally create beautiful layouts easily. Once you make it through these sections of video tutorials, you will be a digital scrapbooking pro!
But we didn’t stop there. We knew that you would want to learn how to add all the pretty stuff – photo overlays, stickers, and brushes. This is extra stuff you can add to your layouts to add a little bit of personality to your pages. We will walk you through how to use each of these design elements so you will feel comfortable using them on your own layouts.
We know that everyone learns differently. That is why we have included a downloadable PDF with every video tutorial. Each PDF includes written instructions and screenshots to help walk you through each task. You will find them linked below the video description of each tutorial. Download the PDF, print it out, and use it to refer to during the video tutorial or later while you are creating your layouts.
We want so much for you to succeed on this adventure of learning how to make Digital Project Life layouts. That is why we created an email companion to cheer you along. Sign up for our newsletter and we will send you emails periodically to guide you and cheer you through the process. We will even send you a few coupons for use on products at Digital Project Life. *wink *wink
We don’t want you showing up for class empty handed. We want our students well-supplied and ready to learn! Make sure to download our FREE Project Life Starter Pack. In it you will find two templates — the Cherry Edition and the Cherry Edition Extra Elements.
We also have a brand new, exclusive Digital Project Life kit designed just for this video tutorial series. The Adventure Awaits Edition, designed by Crystal Wilkerson, contains cards, stickers, photo overlays, and brushes – everything you need to document your life’s adventures. You will be seeing this edition used throughout the video tutorial series. Secret tip: Sign up for our email newsletter and receive a coupon to get this kit at a discount.
Page Protector + Album Bundle Sale
Once you have your beautiful layouts completed on your computer, what is the next step? Printing! You have the option to print at home (up to 8×8 on a regular printer or at 12×12 on a wide format printer), import your completed layouts into the Project Life App for printing, or print through a commercial printer of your choice.
With your new printed layouts in hand, you are going to need a few more supplies. That is why we are hooking you up with an album + page protector bundle sale. From now until Thursday, June 15, you can save 20% when you add any big pack of page protectors and an album in your cart in the physical Project Life shop. No coupons needed. All that’s left is for you to enjoy your digital layouts that YOU created with your family and friends!
Heading back to school is much more fun with a friend, don’t you think? Watch our Instagram account and our Facebook page today to find out how you and a friend can each win a copy of Photoshop Elements 15 and a digital collection of your choice. Look for the graphic below in our social media feeds for more details.
We want you to feel successful. We don’t want you to feel frustrated. If you get stuck, have a question, or want to share with us your favorite “aha!” moment, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve got your back.