Paint Shop Scrapbooking

If you've been wondering how easy it is to do Paint Shop Scrapbooking you've come to the right place.  When the complete enjoyment of scrapbooking or memory making or whatever term you choose is combined with the power of PaintShop Pro - well you've got a powerful combination.

There really isn't anything wrong with "old school" scrapbooking - it's just a whole lot easier to scrap digitally once you know how to get the best out of Paint Shop Pro.

What you will find here are tutorials covering Paint Shop Pro and how they can be most easily and effectively used in any scrapbooking project.  Other than a couple of hints, the creative side will be left entirely to you. 

Scrapbooking - Some Background

The idea of keeping printed materials (aka scrapbooks) of personal interest probably dates to shortly after the invention of printing.

Beginning in the 15th century, commonplace books, popular in England, emerged as away to compile information that included recipes, quotes, letters, poems and more.

Each commonplace book was unique to its creator's particular interests. Friendship albums became popular in the 16th century. These albums were used much like modern day yearbooks, where friends or patrons would enter their names, titles and short texts or illustrations at the request of the album's owner.

The many advantages to "scrapping" digitally ...

  • digital scrapbooking is not at all messy- actually it's neat and tidy.
  • the all important, often used and very versatile Ctrl-Z key to Undo.
  • minimal physical space requirements.
  • very few, if any, supplies to purchase.
  • the ability to easily modify and improve images.
  • digital scrapbooks are easy to share.
  • and more ...

There really isn't anything wrong with "old school" scrapbooking - it's just a whole lot easier to scrap digitally once you know how to get the best out of Paint Shop Pro.

What you will find here are tutorials covering Paint Shop scrapbooking to help you get the most out of your software.  Other than a couple of hints, the creative side will be left entirely to you.

The tutorials cover the basics, such as ... 

  • backgrounds, textures and patterns
  • image effects like drop shadows
  • text effects
  • image editing
  • working with embellishments
  • Rule of Thirds

Visitor Feedback

Richard

 I just wanted you to know that the help you gave me recently with layers in Paint Shop have helped me tremendously.

You explain things so well and I've been having a blast experimenting with different pictures and backgrounds.

Thank you again for your patience. 

Kathy 


What You Need


You probably have most of the things you need to get started with your Paint Shop scrapbooking projects but here are some suggestions ...

  1. A Windows based computer (sadly, Paint Shop Pro is not available for the MAC) with speakers (you will need them to hear the sound on the tutorial videos of course).

  2. Paint Shop Pro  - pretty much any version of Paint Shop will probably work, however the latest version will likely work the best.  

  3. A Graphics Tablet (Wacom Intuos or Intuos Pro) just to make your life a whole lot easier!

  4. A print and film scanner (if you have old photos and negatives you would like to include in your scrapbook).

  5. A good color printer if you'll be printing your work of art scrapbook pages.

Now that the housekeeping stuff is out of the way - let's get going ...

Paint Shop Scrapbooking Tutorials

Backgrounds

Background thumb

Every Paint Shop scrapbooking project begins with an amazing background, doesn't it?  

You can go as simple as a plain white page or use the powerful Paint Shop Pro tools (Patterns and Textures) to create an enormous variety of different backgrounds.

Click the thumbnail to learn more about making backgrounds ...


Image Effects

After the background has been chosen and some images selected - its time to learn how to make those images pop off of the background rather than just laying there all flat and boring.

The image effects include buttonize, drop shadows, bevels, glows and picture frames.

Each one of them will give some drama to the combination of image and background.  Click the thumbnail to find out more about these neat image effects.


Frames and Backgrounds

This tutorial came about as the result of a question from a Paint Shop Pro user who was somewhat confused about how to place a picture in front of a background and behind a frame.

This is a three layer project that is quite straightforward once a few simple things are understood.

Click the thumbnail to learn how to work with file types and frames and backgrounds.


Text Effects

There are a ton of different text effects available in Paint Shop Pro.

What they do is help your main text standout from the background in unique and interesting ways.  In addition, all of the image effects can also be added to the text.

Once you have worked through the different methods you will realize just how easy they are to apply.  Click the thumbnail to learn more about the different text effects. 


Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds  is something you'll find in visual design (photography, art) as well as digital cameras and camera phones.

It's not absolutely necessary to follow the Rule but it does improve the composition of your Paint Shop scrapbooking page.  The Rule (or guideline, if you will) is used extensively in scrapbooks and any kind of presentation.

Click the thumbnail image to learn more ...

These tutorials cover the majority of subjects that help get a Paint Shop scrapbook completed.

If you're not sure about something simple send me an email and I'll try my best to help you out ...!

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