Choosing Software

13 Apr 2017

The first thing you need (besides a computer! :) ) in digital scrapbooking is a program.  There are lots of good programs out there and they all have their pros and cons.   There are programs with a minimal learning curve that are basically layout programs.  They are fine, and you can do a lot of neat pages with them.  I used a layout program when I first got started.  It was called "Fotofusion" by Lumapix.  I only had the very basic of their programs especially made for scrapbookers.  This program is no longer available, but to be honest, I wouldn't even recommend it at this time.  There are so many other options out there.  Following are notes and links for several different options.  I am sure they aren't the only options out there, they are the only ones that I have personally worked with.  As tempting as it will be to just download all the free trial versions or just jump in a purchase one, I highly recommend that you go through them 1 by 1 and immersing yourself in trying out and learning that particular program, until you find the one that is the perfect fit for you. Each website will offer tutorials for their programs.  Take your time and walk through them.  This will be the biggest learning curve on this journey and it requires a bit of time and patience.  

Programs: 

My Memories Suite is an excellent program that is geared specifically to the digital scrapbooker. http://bit.ly/MyMemoriesHome​

It is a very easy to learn program that actually will surprise you at all it can do.  I feel that it is a great product for the price, and You can even use the coupon code posted here and get $10 off your purchase!! (I just love great deals!!) Coupon code: STMMMS13734 (just copy and paste it at the check out)

Another one on these same lines, that has a free trial for you to try out, is Craft Artist by Serif. http://www.serif.com/digital-scrapbooking/

The next step up from these layout programs is to move up to a Photo Editing program.  These each bring with them a bigger learning curve than the the basic layout programs, but if you are willing to take a little extra time, I think they are very much worth it.  There is just so much more you can do.

In this area, there are 4 basic programs.  Corel Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and Serif Photo Plus.  Of course the "Grand Daddy" of them all is Photoshop.   But the truth is, unless you are going to get into designing and lots of photo editing, it is really way more program that you would ever need.  Corel's PSP or Photoshop's PSE or Serif's PP, will allow you to do everything you will probably ever want to do.

Adobe, 30 days from Install, Photoshop Elements
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-elements.html

Corel, 30 days from Install, Paint Shop Pro

http://www.paintshoppro.com/en/free-trials/?sourceid=psp9-xx-ppc_brkws&gclid=Cj0KEQjww7zHBRCToPSj_c_WjZIBEiQAj8il5EwKOAhGOjQsPv_h36vkcds6K2JfLZL4a-qjsho22EYaAnsY8P8HAQ

Affinity Photo Software by Serif

https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/?trial


These all offer you a free 30 day full version trial.  No strings attached.



Here are a couple free programs that some have said is right up there with the best of these...

Paint.NET   http://www.getpaint.net/download.html

GIMP  http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Again, I would highly recommend that you try out the trial versions before committing to purchasing any program.   On the photo editing, that means to download and use the program for the 30 day trial period.  Don't download more than one program at time.  Immerse yourself in that program and go from there.  This was the advice given to me when I was first looking for software and I am thankful that I took to the time to really check them all out.  

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Stop Two...

Gathering Photos

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Scrapbook Specific Tutorials