Sunday, October 23, 2011

New to Digital Scrapping? Read On...

Ok. Here's the deal. None of my family or real life, honest to goodness real people that are in my circle of influence,  know how to scrap digitally, with the exception of one daughter. Yea, Miriam!! Anyway, for me to promote and be excited about this new store and what is happening for CloudyChais, I either need to educate everyone I know or get new friends. Blah! I love my friends!! Hence, my next statement. Class, get settled. And, please. This is me. So, ask whatever question you want, because that's what I did, too. *only I had to ask a bunch of strangers*

Here's what you need first. A photo editing software program loaded on your computer and a few pictures, too.

A few pics...let's start with 3.  Put these photos where you can find them. What does that mean? If I asked you to show me the pictures on your computer, would you know where to go? You could even make a new folder on your desktop (right click anywhere on an empty space on your desktop and choose 'New Folder'), name it Scrapbook Pictures (or whatever you want) and put the ones you want to work with inside the folder.
If you need help doing this, send me a note or comment & let me know what you are working with...PC or Mac...Vista or XP or OSX... Ok?

Now, you need the software. This part is easy. Adobe lets you try before you buy with their downloads and you can try this for 30 days. This LINK will take you to the Adobe website page that gives access to the all the downloads available from Adobe. You are looking for Photoshop Elements is at the bottom of the right hand side. Just click TRY. The next page tells you the system requirements and the Trial FAQs & all. You should see a yellow button that says 'Download Now'. After loading the latest Adobe AIR and the Adobe Download Assistant...I know, I know...which will ask you to make an Adobe Login Name & password...(email & pswrd) The Adobe Download Assistant downloads to your computer and then starts downloading the trial software. Since I already had a few downloads from Adobe, I had to look around the Assistant to find my download. It was at the bottom of the window, I clicked Photography on the left drop down menu and then I used the left & right arrow in the right hand window to find it...

Again, don't download any of the CS5 stuff! That is the full version of Photoshop (PS) & will be crazy to try to learn, especially since most of the tutorials online are using PS Elements. And, if you decide you really like what you have created after your month trial, the Elements software is around $70-$100 bucks, unlike the full version which is ...i don't know...really expensive. And attention all teachers, homeschoolers included...Adobe offers an educator discount. Either check out their website or buy from a store that offers those discounts as well.

Whew! That's a lot of info and we are just getting started. More to follow...promise. Oh! And this download will probably take a really, really, really long time. :)


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [25 Oct 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [26 Oct 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria