Paint Shop Scrapbooking

If you have been wondering how easy it is to do Paint Shop Scrapbooking you've come to the right place.

There are many advantages to "scrapping" digitally ...
  • digital scrapbooking is not at all messy- actually it's neat and tidy.

  • the all important, often used 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

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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 (these tutorials are done with PSP Photo X2 Ultimate) - earlier versions of Paint Shop will probably work as well.  Having said that - Corel is generally offering relatively inexpensive upgrades for Paint Shop Pro users.  (I recently upgraded from X2 to X2 Ultimate and the DVD they sent was the full version of the program and some neat bonus extras).

  3. A Graphics Tablet (Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch or Intuos4) just to make your life a whole lot easier!

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

  5. A good color printer if you will 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


paint shop scrapbooking background thumb
every Paint Shop scrapbooking project begins with the 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

thumbnail image effectsAfter 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

frames and backgroundsThis 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.
paintshop scrapbooking text effects
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

thumbnail rule of thirdsThis is something you will find in visual design (photography, art) and even some digital cameras have the ability to divide their screens into the Rule of Thirds.

It is not absolutely necessary to follow the Rule but it does improve the appearance of a Paint Shop scrapbooking page.  It is used extensively in scrapbooks and any kind of presentation.

Click the thumbnail image to learn more ...

Did You Know ...?
Interesting Facts
About Scrapbooking

The idea of keeping printed
materials (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 a
way 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.

Over 25 million people in the
United States alone consider
themselves to be scrapbookers.

Almost 30% of all U.S.
households have at least
one family member who

Scrapbooking is the fastest
growing sector of the craft
and hobby industry and now
considered to be the third
most popular craft in the nation.

From 2002 to 2004, sales of
scrapbooking products
increased by over 27% across
the United States.

In the US, this hobby has
surpassed golf in popularity:
one in five households has
someone playing golf; one in
four has someone involved in

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