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What’s the best software for Digital Scrapbooking?

A couple of months ago I wrote a review of Photoshop Elements 6 – The Missing Manual.

And since then, I’ve have quite a few emails asking me if Photoshop Elements is the best software to pick for digital scrapbooking.

Well first of all, let me say that I am a long time user of Photoshop Elements. So that is obviously going to influence my opinion.

And in my opinion, Photoshop Elements is the best choice for someone entering the world of digital scrapbooking.


Are there other great graphics editing software programs on the market?


The full blown Photoshop CS (also made by Adobe) is acknowledged as the standard setter for graphics editing.

The Gimp is a free graphics editing software package with many of the powerful features of Photoshop.

Paintshop Pro is also a strong contender for digital scrapbooking functionality.

But I still stand by Photoshop Elements as the best choice for a new digital scrapbooker.


Well let’s start with Price.

Apart from the Gimp (it’s hard to beat ‘free’), Photoshop Elements comes with a far lower price tag than either Photoshop CS or Paintshop Pro.

And for less that $100 you can get a program that provides you with all the functionality you need to create great digital scrapbook layouts for now and the future. Photoshop has even more functionality, but being really targeted at professional graphic designers, I think that it’s over endowed with functionality which can prove more complex and confusing that is needed for digital scrapbooking. Especially for the beginner digital scrapbooker.

Paintshop Pro is less expensive than Photoshop but still more expensive than Photoshop Elements. Although I think Corel have a deal on at the moment which prices it similar to Photoshop Elements.

And there’s the learning curve.

I have trialled both Photoshop and Paintshop Pro and I found them complex and difficult to perform the functions that I wanted. And the Gimp is also reputed to have a very tough learning curve.

Now having said all that, once you have mastered the learning curve of any software package, you will be a convert. And of course you will feel that your software of choice is the only way to go…just as I feel about Photoshop Elements.


Another significant advantage for Photoshop Elements is the tutorials that are available for it. Many tutorials abound on the Internet. Sometimes though, that can be a little intimidating. Especially as they often make assumptions that the viewer has a level of expertise and understanding of the terms that may not actually be the case. (By the way, You won’t have that problem with the Step by Step Digital Scrapbooking Tutorials.)

I’ve been thinking about this for some time. I think a lot of people feel overwhelmed when they think about starting digital scrapbooking and then they’re so put off because the tutorials seem so complex, that they walk away.

Tutorials designed for the beginner Digital Scrapbooker

So I’ve created an exciting Step by Step Digital Scrapbook course that will give you a range of digital scrapbooking tutorials taking you from absolute beginner to expert digital scrapbooker. You can take the full course or just pick and choose amongst the individual tutorials. Each tutorial will take you through the creation of a digital scrapbook layout and comes with a full digital scrapbook kit so you can make your own.

So if you’ve been thinking about digital scrapbooking but maybe were a bit nervous of taking on the technology, pop over and have a look around and find out all about it.

Other Related Articles:

Photoshop Elements 6 – The Missing Manual

Shortcuts for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

The Gimp Installation Guide