We’re continuing our series on the top four myths of digital scrapbooking, and we’re busting myth #2 this week! If you missed it last week, be sure to go back to see how we busted myth #1: You have to understand a ridiculously complicated program (Photoshop).
Myth #2: You have to be tech-y to enjoy digital scrapbooking.
Reality: Nope! You really don’t!
Yes, you need to be comfortable using a desktop or laptop computer, because designing digital scrapbook pages on a smartphone screen is just unrealistic, especially when you’re designing pages that will end up being 12” wide by 12” tall. The reality is, having control over the placement of photos and embellishments, formatting text, and changing the size and appearance of photos is just not feasible on a smartphone screen.
But there is no coding necessary and no complicated back-end stuff involved. You just need to learn how to use a single program: Photoshop. And even that is not as tech-y as you might think.
Photoshop’s reputation precedes it, and not in a good way! You’ve probably heard the term “Photoshop magic” at some point. The implication is that Photoshop is super powerful, and that the people who understand it and use it are doing something so amazing that it defies words or explanation.
But that’s simply not true!
I have said it before and I will say it again: Photoshop is an amazingly powerful program — BUT it is also a program that anyone can learn, when she has the right guide to walk through it with her.
If you’re new to using Photoshop and want to learn to use it for the purpose of digital scrapbooking, I highly recommend taking a course that is designed to teach you what you need to know in order to do digital scrapbooking. That way, you’re not wasting your time learning all that Photoshop can do, when you only need to know a minimal number of functions and tools to get started. (For more, see last week’s blog post on busting myth #1: “You need to understand a ridiculously complicated program”).
Once you have taken a course to help you simplify the process of learning Photoshop, you can further reduce any potential tech pressures by creating digital scrapbook pages using Photoshop templates to start.
Templates include all of the pieces you’ll need to create a layout — spaces for photos, photo mattes, titles, embellishments, journaling, etc. — all sized and placed where they should go on the layout. All you have to do is add your own photos, papers and embellishments, and then decide if you want to move anything around. Templates make creating pages super-simple. And again, no tech-y tricks are necessary!
Finally, with a course to learn how to use Photoshop and templates to make creating layouts easy and fast, you’ll have time to focus on some of the most enjoyable parts of digital scrapbooking: choosing your photos, shopping for fun papers and embellishments, printing your layouts, slipping them into albums, and filling your shelves with your favorite photos and memories. What’s not to enjoy about that?!