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Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking


Learn to use digital editing techniques to show off your photos and memorabilia in Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking. Starting with simple projects, you'll use Photoshop Elements to quickly learn how to build pages, use artistic journaling, and produce sophisticated illusions. You'll build your own clip art, create frames, and develop multi-layer pages with an endless array of layouts and designs. Offered in partnership with ed2go.


  • Get acquainted with the online classroom and options for combining traditional and digital scrapbooking.
  • Understand the many options for using text in digital scrapbooking.
  • Become aware of how Adobe's layers feature works to build sophisticated pages with multiple artistic elements.
  • Explore the many options for finding, creating, and using clip art in digital scrapbooking.
  • Examine the options for panoramic layouts, full-page layouts, and recurring themes.
  • Explore the options for black-and-white scrapbooking.
  • Learn how to use Photoshop Elements to create special effects for scrapbooks.
  • Discover the many options and uses for Photoshop Elements brushes in digital scrapbooking.
  • Utilize a number of Photoshop Elements tools to restore images or create nostalgic formats for scrapbooking.
  • Work with various tools to create three-dimensional images in Photoshop Elements.
  • Discover how to use Elements tools to draw and create sketch-like images.
  • Explore the automated features of Photoshop Elements that let you create quick pages and books.


Wednesday - Lesson 01

Digital editing gives scrapbooking a new level of creativity! In our first lesson, you'll have an opportunity to become familiar with the online classroom, Photoshop Elements (the digital editing software we'll be using in this course), and a number of ways to integrate digital options with traditional scrapbooking. You'll see how to keep your personal style intact while taking advantage of fun and easy techniques to enhance your scrapbooks.

Friday - Lesson 02

In this lesson, you'll have an opportunity to experiment with and explore the many options for enhancing text. You'll see how to add color, shape, and styles, along with more advanced techniques like warping text to fit on objects, making circles with words, and transforming images into text. Journaling is an important part of the storytelling process, so let's put the words to work!

Wednesday - Lesson 03

Whether you're working with scissors and glue or digital images, one of the ways to embellish scrapbook pages is to layer artistic elements. In our lesson today, we'll explore Adobe's layers so you can master the ability to build pages with many different pieces to create the look that tells your story best! We'll discuss sizing, background images, frames, and piecing together pages with multiple images, text, and clip art.

Friday - Lesson 04

Now that you're comfortable with backgrounds, cropping, text, and layers, it's time to add some pizazz to your pages! In this lesson, you'll see how to create and use clip art to add personal touches and dimension to your scrapbook. You may be surprised at how many important details you have in your pictures, and with Photoshop Elements, you'll be able to pick those out and use them just where you want them. Creating clip art is fun and easy with the tools in Elements. You'll be a pro by the time you finish this lesson!

Wednesday - Lesson 05

Continuity and strong story lines captivate readers—even in scrapbooks! Today's lesson focuses on defining themes, using repetitive elements, and sizing enlargements for excellent quality. You'll see how to build two-page layouts, create panoramic images, and use two different techniques for adding frames to your pages.

Friday - Lesson 06

Bold and beautiful, black-and-white photography leads us into a lesson on how to take a classic look and make it modern, timeless, or even old-fashioned. You'll see how to turn color photos into stunning black-and-white images, or how to keep just a portion in color. We'll also explore using gradients to create black-and-white backgrounds to set off color images.

Wednesday - Lesson 07

Today we're going to work a little magic as you learn to create special effects to enhance your backgrounds and pages. You'll even be able to create some of these from nothing! The illusion of texture and dimension is important when building a sophisticated scrapbook, and we'll look at ways to build pages that might just make you wonder if they're real. With the Effects panel, the Filter menu, and some new tricks with layers and layer styles, you'll be amazed at what you can do.

Friday - Lesson 08

You're going to have fun today. Much like finger painting lets you release your artistic side, Photoshop Elements brushes are full of possibilities for detailed strokes, colors, and patterns—some even paint pictures! You'll see how to use the standard brushes, create and customize your own, and build pages and backgrounds with a variety of styles and patterns.

Wednesday - Lesson 09

In today's lesson, you'll see how to turn back the hands of time to create pages using restored images and nostalgic pages. You'll also learn how to age a modern photo to match the look of older ones. With the pattern tools in Photoshop Elements, you'll create fabric-like backgrounds and even see how to add a bit of stitching. Digital editing merges the old and the new in surprising ways!

Friday - Lesson 10

Digital scrapbooking gives you lots of options for creating three-dimensional looks, and today you'll see how to use new shortcuts to make this quick and easy. With Photoshop Elements Guided Edit and special filters, you'll be able to create reflections, spheres, and many more effects.

Wednesday - Lesson 11

Today you're going to draw! I think you'll enjoy how creative you can be with Photoshop Elements drawing tools, even if you don't think of yourself as artistic. With the Pencil tool, the Undo option, and the Eraser tool, changes and corrections are easy. You can even remove something and put it back. You'll see how to add line graphics with Wingdings and turn color images into coloring pages, as well as some other drawing techniques you can use to build backgrounds and art for your scrapbook pages.

Friday - Lesson 12

In our last lesson, you'll explore a couple of automatic options in Photoshop Elements to help you finish your scrapbooks quickly. You'll see how to build an automatic collage page from your images and how to upload them to book formats you can print at home or send out to have professionally printed. You'll finish this week with lots of great ideas to finish your scrapbooks and share them with your family and friends!

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