Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A great site for ideas...

A lot of people have emailed me who are wanted to get started with learning how to do digital scrapbooking, and what program should they have, and how to actually make elements. I refer everyone to the same place, because it's the website where I went when I was first starting out. So I just thought I would post this link. It gives different tutorials based on different programs, and I think it's just a great source to at least get some ideas. So click below and start playing!

http://www.digitalscrapbookplace.com/university/tutorials/tutorials.shtml

Oh, and to answer one more question, I personally use Adobe Photoshop CS2. And one more thing: Two different people have told me that if you have children who are in school, then you can get a student discount on Photoshop. I haven't looked into it too much, so I don't know how to figure out how to do it (if someone does, then reply to this post and tell the rest of us), but I know you can save a HUGE amount of money on Photoshop this way when you purchase from Adobe's website.

To answer another question that was just left in the post by April, she wondered where I recommend going to print 12x12 pages. I personally use Costco. They cost $2.99 for a 12x12 print. Also, don't choose the "glossy" option because it dirties easily with fingerprints. I always choose "lustre."

24 comments:

Krystyn said...

I don't know about students, but I know teachers get a discount. I just went to their page and typed in educator.

April said...

who do you recommend for printing? i'd like to print out each 12x12 sheet individually and then put it into my own book, rather than have a company print and bind it into a book for me.
any suggestions?

Sharon said...

I use academicsuperstore.com you have to have a student ID card or a teacher pay stub. its takes about a day to verify your student/educator status then you can order at a discount. Most adobe products only allow you to purchase one copy for each eligible person in your home.

Jill said...

Students & teachers are both eligible to buy from Adobe's education store. The site walks you through what you need to send them to receive the discount & it is a very large discount

If you have older kids who attend some kind of post-secondary school they should be able to buy from their campus bookstore and even some retailers (they just have to show student id). Just remember you each student/teacher can only buy 1 of each version.

Teresa said...

We just did this. We bought the creative suite 4 design edition. It's normally $1800 and we paid $400. It comes with several programs. My husband is in business school so he got a discount. Anyone in college does. If you are in specific art colleges, you get an even greater discount than we got. You can only do it once per person. So my hubby already did it. If I ever wanted to (though he bought them for me) I would have to go to school.

As for programs, you can design papers and elements with Photoshop Elements as well. So if money is an issue for anyone, that is an option. I wouldn't buy any other type of program than some sort of photoshop:-)

In addition to the site you listed, www.scrapgirls.com has some tutorials you can download that teach how to make papers. Basically you need an overlay and textures and you use different blending modes. It's so fun!! I've also found several tutorials on YouTube. There are so more sites that are really good, but I'm not at it computer and they are bookmarked there.

Sorry to ramble!

I have to tell you, Summer, your pages inspired me to learn how to do it myself. I've just recently gotten a couple designing positions, which is fun:-)

Julie said...

Remember many times the student/teacher version (even though it is the exact same programs) many times will come with additional stipulations-like it cannot be used for profit or for commercial use. So if you intend on selling any of your creations you may want to look into this closely before buying the teacher/student version (this goes for all programs not just photoshop). Just thought I would put that out there also.

Love your stuff and your tips-thanks!

~Julie

The Reese Family said...

Students of Higher Education can get a HUGE discount! You can get the CS4 Suite for $400 or just Photoshop for $200. Here's the site: http://www.adobe.com/education/solutions/students/studentedition/

DrGranma said...

atch the sites... there is one (wish I could remember now, ugh --brain freeze-- and watch for the $.99 sales. I am willing to wait for that bargain.

DrGranma

Teresa said...

Just in case this was of interest to anyone (this is in regards to Julie's good point about the licensing). I looked it up for Adobe products, and I found this Adobe forum which explains it.

It's confusing at first (and you have to keep on reading!), but what I get from it is that anyone in the USA who buys an educational version that was not previously owned by Macromedia, then you may use it for commercial use. If you are outside of the USA, or are using an older version taht used to be owned by macromedia, then you may not.

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/314304

Hope that helps!

Gwen Hawkins said...

I wanted to say that yours is my absolute fav blog. I use more of your designs than any others. Thank you for being so generous. I love your creativity!!

Barrett said...

The Costco by me (in Utah) offers a 36x12 for $4.99 so you just put 3layouts on a page and cut them in thirds after they're printed. You can't order them online this way but you can submit them, then call in and tell them how you want them printed...or just go in. I think that's a good price-3 for $5-definitely cheaper than paper scrapbooking!

Shantell said...

The costco in Orem, UT will give you the 36x12 price but you don't have to cut them yourself. They'll print 3 12x12 photos for $5. It's so nice!

*{anderson family of four}* said...

I've heard that at BYU and the U of U (for those of you who live in Utah) you can buy Photoshop at the bookstore with a student ID for only $200 :)

Brittany said...

Great tips!
I am going to enjoy visiting that tutorial website.

I have purchased Adobe Creative Suite and PhotoShop with a student discount at academicsuperstore.com.

Brittany said...

I'm back...
I got so excited about the website suggestion that I forgot why I originally stopped by! Oops!

I have an "Attitude of Gratitude" award for you on my blog.
I have nominated you because you inspire me and I appreciate your attitude of gratitude (and generosity!)! :)

Lori said...

Thanks for all the great kits you make!!!

Ernie said...

Hello! My name is Erin and I found your adorable blog while looking for digi scrapbook ideas. A dear friend and I have created Pages to Treasure.com, where we print digital scrapbook pages. We would love to print a few pages for you for free so you can see our quality pages! We meet the industries highest standards and LOVE what we do! Feel free to email me at erin@pagestotreasure.com! We hope it's alright, but we have added your blog to our list of cool links to check out via our website. We love your stuff!

Erin
www.pagestotreasure.com

Jessica said...

Thanks for all of the great advice!

Anonymous said...

A great place for printing in Viovio.com they have goog quality 12x12 prints for 75cents each.

♥ Paul & Jewels ♥ said...

I'm a student at UVU and I know I get like a 30% discount on any Adobe product through the bookstore. I'm sure students could get close to the same discount on Abobe.com.

Cara said...

In response to the question about where to print 12x12 pages... www.simplyscrapping.com has awesome prices and excellent quality. Plus, you can store pictures through them for free (I think) and they can print your blog pages for you as well. So if you have a personal blog you can print that and have it as a keepsake for your family. I don't have their price sheet right in front of me but I think their 12x12 pages are $1.99 and their 8x8 pages are .99 cents. Plus, if you have a location near you you can have them send them to that location and you pick them up and save on the shipping! check them out.

Sarah said...

I have looked into getting photoshop at the campus store for the university I work for. It is available at a substantial discount. The catch is this is a student version and cannot be upgraded. So if you plan on using it for a long time and skipping upgrades, or just plan on buying a new version when it comes out, it can save a ton of money.

Summer said...

Thanks Summer. I think that answers my question that I e-mailed you about earlier today. :) I think I will be reading alot more of your blog if you don't mind. I am learning alot from you. Thanks!!

Gold On Runescape said...

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