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Old 10-07-2012, 02:16 AM
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Those who make the scrapbook-style signatures, what programs do you use and where do you find your scrap kits? I have Photoshop CS3 on a Macintosh, but I've never used a scrap kit before.

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Old 10-07-2012, 05:48 AM
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Photoshop is probably your best bet. I use sketchbook pro on my iPad but only some kits work and it can turn out a little fuzzy. There are loads of beautiful kits out there but I don't pay for any so I search for free scrap kit or similar. Loads of websites have freebie sections and there are ones out there that search for all the freebies. You can also put a search into google images for '....png' and then you can just save image from there. E.g hold heart png and they'll come up. Sometimes you have to do a bit of scouring but there's a lot of good free stuff out there. Alternately the kits aren't too expensive anyway.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:05 AM
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Photoshop is probably your best bet. I use sketchbook pro on my iPad but only some kits work and it can turn out a little fuzzy. There are loads of beautiful kits out there but I don't pay for any so I search for free scrap kit or similar. Loads of websites have freebie sections and there are ones out there that search for all the freebies. You can also put a search into google images for '....png' and then you can just save image from there. E.g hold heart png and they'll come up. Sometimes you have to do a bit of scouring but there's a lot of good free stuff out there. Alternately the kits aren't too expensive anyway.
Thanks so much! I've found some free scrap kits online, but trying to download them usually takes me to a skeezy download site that brings up 'dating website' popups and only lets you download at a slow speed unless you want to pay for a monthly service. And the ones I did download were either .exe or .rar files, neither of which my computer recognizes.

I haven't tried to do a search with .png as part of the search criteria, though. That's a great idea, and I'll give it a shot, next!

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Old 10-07-2012, 08:55 AM
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The iPad won't do .exe files either...it has to be a windows comp but if you get winzip it should open the .rar files.
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I complete digital Scrapbooks for my family photos. the 'Net recommended program for that is Photoshop Elements(PSE). Its a good graphic program and fairly easy to learn. It also can do everything that PaintShop Pro(PSP) can do but the functions are called by another name. I also have CS5 and PSP just in case I need them for a special purpose but my main graphic program is PSE10. I also find tutorials online and learn new techniques this way.

As far as Scrapkits, I will find them free online (BLOGS) or I will buy them. most of the store owners have Blogs and there you will find 'Freebies'. Here is one example
FANTASY MOMENTS BLOG
I have hundreds of Blogs bookmarked for Freebies as they will update with new Freebies about once a month

When I buy scrapkits, I will try to find 'Buy My Store' offers on the Store. Its usually cheaper to buy their entire store than to buy kit after kit. I have many stores I have bought, such as Le petit, Royanna Fritschamnn(RA Studio) and Florju-just to name a few. You can usually buy the entire store for $20 - $40 USD. I have over 3TB of scrapkits!!

BTW, I also use a 'Signature Rotation' site so I can make many signatures and then everytime F5(windows) is pressed another siggy will show. Everytime the page is refreshed a new siggy will show up...


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Old 10-07-2012, 11:37 AM
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Thanks Jan. I wondered what that buy my store thing was. I keep meaning to learn how to do it on the laptop but I love the ease of the touch screen.
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Thanks Jan. I wondered what that buy my store thing was. I keep meaning to learn how to do it on the laptop but I love the ease of the touch screen.
you are most Welcome.. and everyone has their own style and preference of programs........ none are wrong to use....... just whatever works for the individual

I really love making siggys....... I hope to start up again soon......
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The problem with the iPad is it can be a bit blurry sometimes and I have to save each item to sketchbook pro and then I have to open each file to add another image and it's quite a pain. That's why I like the pgn files that I can just click save image and it's stored in my pictures instead and then I can just import them. It would be much easier to do it on the laptop but I just prefer to use th iPad.

I love making them too. They give me something creative to do
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