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This tutorial is a very basic, step-by-step introduction to getting started with digital scrapbooking

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GETTING STARTED WITH PHOTOSHOP – VERSIONS 7, CS and CS2 By Kim Hill If you have any questions about this tutorial, please contact me at kim@cgessentials.com This tutorial is a very basic, step-by-step introduction to getting started with digital scrapbooking utilizing PhotoShop 7 or PhotoShop CS. You may want to print this out for easy reference. Once you get PhotoShop installed on your computer, you will need to create a folder for all of your scrapbooking supplies to be organized in. You can organize your folders in any manner you choose. I set mine up by designer names so that I can remember to give proper credit to that person for the elements I choose to use in my layouts. I would suggest starting out by creating your folders as c:/scrapbooking/kits/designer name/. This means you will have one main folder called scrapbooking with a subfolder called kits and then a bunch of different subfolders with each designer's name on it. The kit you bought for me will be saved as c:/scrapbooking/kits/CGE/babyohbabykit, for example. You will also need to create a new folder for storing all your layouts. So create this new folder and call it c:/scrapbooking/my layouts. We'll go back to this folder further down in this tutorial. Now you will need to use WinZip to open the file I sent to you. If you don't have WinZip on your computer already, you can get a free download here: http://www.soft32.com/download_174.html Once you have WinZip ...

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GETTING STARTED WITH PHOTOSHOP – VERSIONS 7, CS and CS2
By Kim Hill
If you have any questions about this tutorial, please contact me at
kim@cgessentials.com
This tutorial is a very basic, step-by-step introduction to getting started with digital scrapbooking utilizing
PhotoShop 7 or PhotoShop CS.
You may want to print this out for easy reference.
Once you get PhotoShop installed on your computer, you will need to create a folder for all of your
scrapbooking supplies to be organized in.
You can organize your folders in any manner you choose.
I set
mine up by designer names so that I can remember to give proper credit to that person for the elements I
choose to use in my layouts.
I would suggest starting out by creating your folders as
c:/scrapbooking/kits/designer name/.
This means you will have one main folder called scrapbooking with a
subfolder called kits and then a bunch of different subfolders with each designer's name on it.
The kit you
bought for me will be saved as c:/scrapbooking/kits/CGE/babyohbabykit, for example.
You will also
need to create a new folder for storing all your layouts.
So create this new folder and call it
c:/scrapbooking/my layouts.
We'll go back to this folder further down in this tutorial.
Now you will need to use WinZip to open the file I sent to you.
If you don't have WinZip on your
computer already, you can get a free download here:
http://www.soft32.com/download_174.html
Once you have WinZip installed on your computer, you will then open up that program.
Click on use
evaluation version, then click on open.
You will then need to browse to the folder you just created with the
Baby Oh Baby kit in it.
Once you find that kit, doubleclick on that file. All of the individual elements will
then open up in WinZip.
You then need to highlight all of these elements by clicking on the first element,
then hold down the shift and control keys at the same time while clicking on the last element in the list.
This will highlight all of the elements at one time.
You can then click the extract button.
A pop-up
window will open and prompt you to save these files somewhere.
You will need to type in or browse to the
file folder you created at c:/scrapbooking/CGE/babyohobabykit/
Once you get the location entered, click
extract.
Now all of your files are unzipped and ready to use.
Time to open up PhotoShop.
Click on file/new.
IMAGE SIZE SCREEN SHOT
A window will open asking you what size you want your page to be.
I mostly work in 8 "x 10" format
since that is pretty easy to have printed.
But lots of people work in 12" x 12".
So set your image size to
whatever you want, set your resolution to 300, set the mode to RGB, and set the contents to transparent.
Now click OK and your new document page will open up.
Woohoo!
Step one is complete and you are
now ready to begin creating a scrapbook page.
:-)
In your folder, open up any background image.
Using the arrow tool from the tool palette on the left side
of your screen, click on the image, holding the left mouse button down, and drag the background to your
newly created document.
Go back and close the original document.
On your new document, you can now
move the background paper where you want it.
You can either let it fill up the entire page, or you can
move it around so that it fills only part of the page.
Let's start by making it simple.
Just have it fill the
entire space.
Now go back to the folder of images.
Open up a journaling matte.
Click and drag it onto
your new document.
It will be on top of your background.
Now look to the right of your workspace.
LAYER PALETTE SCREEN SHOT
Do you see a separate window for layers?
In that window, there will be one layer for your background, and
then layer 2 is your journaling matte.
You may change the names of each layer if you want by double
clicking on the words "layer 1" or "layer 2" and then typing a new name.
This will be helpful since
PhotoShop is all about layers and keeping them organized so that your work is efficient and neat.
Each
time you drag a new element onto the page, a new layer will be created and it will default to the top layer.
You can always rearrange the layer order later if you want some papers behind others instead of on top.
Okay, I hope you're not too confused yet.
If so, stop here and save your new document.
Go to File/save as/
and a new window will open up.
Save your document in that folder you created called My Layouts.
Give
your document a name.
Here's an example:
c:/scrapbooking/my layouts/baby.psd.
Be sure to save all of
your layouts as a PSD file while you are working on them.
That way you can continue to edit the file until
you are completed with it.
Okay - break time is over.
Let's get back to creating.
Do you have photos of your baby saved on the
computer?
If so, go snatch one and open it up in PhotoShop (file/open).
Once you find the photo you want
and open it, you will need to re-size it.
Go to image/image size.
Set the resolution to 300.
Re-size your
photo proportionately by checking the box that says "Constrain Proportions".
Got it?
Good.
Now click
and drag your photo onto the layout you are creating.
It will be layer 3.
Go ahead and rename this layer as
"photo".
Your photo may seem too big or too small for the layout.
You can re-size it right there to fit your
layout by doing the following:
Check your layers palette and make sure the photo layer is highlighted
(blue).
This means you are only working on the highlighted layer which is the photo in this case.
Click on
Edit/Free Transform.
Your photo will get a little box around it.
Now hold down the Shift key and click on any corner of the
photo and drag the photo to make it larger or smaller.
Be sure to keep your finger on that shift key the
entire time so that the photo re-sizes proportionately.
After you unclick your mouse, then you can let go of
the shift key.
Now take your mouse and click on the arrow tool in your tool palette on the left side of your
screen.
A window pops up and asks if you want to apply the transformation.
If you are happy with the
size, click “Apply”.
If you are not happy, click don't apply.
Once you get the photo to a size you like, you can click and drag it to wherever you want it on the page. I'd
suggest sizing it to fit nicely on top of the journaling matte.
It will help frame the photo.
You can re-size
the journaling matte to fit your photo using the same techniques you just learned.
Now click save.
Be sure
to save often just in case.
You will now continue repeating the above steps to open each new element, re-size it, drag it where you
want on the page, and save.
Keep doing that until you are happy with the result.
Now you can go back and
add some definition to each layer to make it appear more like a paper scrapbook.
To do this, you will add
some shadows to each element.
To add a shadow, you click on the image layer that you want to add the
shadow to (in the layers box on the right).
Let's start by adding a shadow to the journal box that is under
your photo.
Click on that layer.
Then, in the layer box there is a button with a letter "F" on it - layer
styles.
Click on that button and a drop down box will open.
Click on Drop Shadow and a new window will open giving you a variety of shadow options.
Keep the
default settings as they are, as you are only going to change a couple things.
Your default settings should
be:
Blend Mode: multiply
Opacity: 75%
Angle (light direction): 120 degrees (check the box that says "use global light")
You will now change the following settings:
Distance: 1
Spread: 1
Size: 1
I recommend using 1 for shadows of paper mattes and tags since these are close to the background paper.
Bigger elements cast a bigger shadow in real life, so those will need to get a bigger shadow in digi-
scrapping.
So for things like buttons, brads and staples, I change the distance/spread/size to a 2.
For even
bigger items like a baby rattle, I will change the distance/spread/size to a 3.
At this point, you will need to click on each individual layer, and repeat the add shadow function to each
element.
Remember to save as you go so you don't lose your work.
Now that you've completed the basic overall look of the page with your photo(s), mattes, eyelets, other
embellishments and shadows, you will want to add journaling (text).
You can add a title to your page, add
a poem, or perhaps some personal words about what was happening when that photo was taken.
To add
journaling, you will need to open your character palette.
It may already be open on the right side of your
screen below the layers palette.
If it is not open already, then click on Window/Character and it will open
up.
The character palette allows you to pick from a variety of fonts, change the size of the font, and the
presentation (bold, italic, underline, etc.).
Take your mouse and go to your tool palette on the left and click on the "T" tool (it is the 8th button down
on the right side).
This is your Text tool.
Place your mouse/text tool on the layout anywhere you want and
create a text box by holding down the left mouse button and dragging it.
Don't worry about how big or
small your text box is at the moment because you can change that.
Once your text box is made, type
anything you want.
Now you need to highlight the words you just typed by clicking on the words and
dragging your mouse over them while holding the left mouse button down.
Your words will now be
highlighted in black.
Release the mouse.
Now go to the character palette (on the right side of your screen)
and highlight the font name that is shown.
You can now scroll through the fonts and you will see a preview
of what your words will look like in that font.
If you are having trouble seeing the fonts, you need to
change the size by highlighting the number in the box next to the "T" (it's below the font name).
You can
make the font number 40 for easier viewing and then reduce the font size back down when you are done if
you want.
Congratulations - you now have learned how to put text on your layout.
Wasn't that easy?
Remember to save your work again.
At this point, your layout is basically complete.
Remember, this is a very basic layout and there are a lot
more fun things you can do along the way to jazz up your layouts, including changing the font color,
changing the font size, adding more embellishments, rotating your photos on an angle, etc.
Once you get a
feel for the program and start playing around, it will become a lot easier and you will soon be branching out
to learn how to do more exciting things.
Now you will need to merge all of your layers together.
To do this, click on layers/merge visible.
Then click “save”.
If you want to have this printed at your local photo center, you will need to save the file
as a JPG document.
To do this, click on file/save as.
In the new window that opens up, you will see at the
bottom a spot that says “format”.
Change the format to JPEG and click save.
Now you will have 2 versions of this document saved in your folder – one is the PSD and one is the JPEG.
If you are satisfied with the PSD and do not plan to make any additional changes, you can delete it and only
keep the JPEG in your folder.
Then you can send that JPEG file to be printed.
I hope you found this introduction to PhotoShop to be helpful.
If you have any questions, please contact
me at
kim@cgessentials.com
.