A while ago I posted on Triscape FxFoto which I thought might be useful for scrapbookers, even though I didn’t much like it, because it seemed less complex than other image manipulation programs. I did promise to check with my friend Carolyn, who is an experienced digital scrapbooker, and get back to you with what she thought.
I have actually never heard of FxFoto, but then again I just love Photoshop and couldn’t imagine using anything else to get such realistic 3D work. Of course, Photoshop is expensive, but there is always Photoshop Elements which is way cheaper but doesn’t come with all the functionality. Then there’s GIMP and Paintshop Pro, which are much cheaper (I think GIMP may even be free [It is. Allan]) but again, they also have limitations. That being said, many designers now create digital elements with ready-made drop shadows, and clustered elements which are really great if you’re not using Photoshop.
Then there are also “quick pages” which are ready made pages, you just add your pics. Quick pages are great for beginners or anyone who doesn’t have the time or inclination to create their own pages. Best thing about quick pages is that there are tons available as freebies, even whole quick page albums.
Quick pages are.PNG files. This basically means that the area where you insert your pic is transparent. Any photo editing program that supports layers can be used. Paintshop Pro, Paint.NET or GIMP all support PNG files and allow you to work with layers.
Photoshop is daunting when you know nothing about it, but once you understand the basics of layers and a couple of the tools, you’re on your way. Erin [her daughter] has been scrapbooking in Photoshop for a couple of months now, and she’s only 7 so really, how hard can it be? 😉
There is so much stuff out there for digi-scrapbookers, loads of tutorials and freebies, and some amazing digi scrapbooking communities. A Google search will reveal them for you.