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What can you do with a photo?

Free My Publisher Photo Book! Ends 9/2

Written By: Darcy - Aug• 28•14

FREE Classic hardcover photo book, a $29.99 value!

The photo book comes with 20 pages included and a linen, photo finish, or book jacket cover option. Plus, if you want a bigger book, you can use the $29.99 value towards our Deluxe book instead! The deal ends Tuesday, 9/2!

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Digitize Old Photos

Written By: Darcy - Nov• 19•12

There are three ways you can digitize your old photos. I did this for my grandmother in order to preserve and share her treasure.

1. Buy a scanner and scan each photo. Scan each photo at least at 300 dpi. Much more and performance degrades because the file is so large. My husband told me his copier at work will scan a photo and email it to him.

Scan Old Photos to Share Them

2. Use a (nice) digital camera to take a photo of the photograph. This really does work well, but you have to test this out first. Use natural light only, if you use a flash you will get a glare. The best days are overcast, cloudy days, or at noon. Find a spot where a lot of light comes into the room. Setup a tripod (not in the glare of the sun) as high as it will go and steady the camera pointing down at the floor. Use a black mat to put the photo on.  Set the camera to fine. Zoom in on the photo framing it appropriately. Take a couple of pictures and see how they turn out by viewing them on your computer. Make the necessary adjustments in the settings. I had friend who digitized all their old photos doing this, and it worked great.

3. There may be services in your area that will scan old photographs for a fee such as with Costco or Sam’s club.

Digital Scrapbooks

Written By: Darcy - Nov• 19•12

There are so many wonderful programs that allow you to create digital scrapbooks (these are scrapbooks on your computer that you print out when completed). If you read the article above, you may wonder about your printer’s ability to print an archival quality scrapbook. I am so excited to tell you that some publishers will allow you to send them your digital scrapbooks for printing. Currently, the easist one I recommend is Picaboo. You need to save your 8.5 X11 scrapbooks as a jpg file. In Picaboo, you can take any image and make it a background or a single full bleed page.

If you use Photoshop then Shutterfly has templates that you can download. They offer digital scrapbooks in many different book sizes and you can put your image on the outside of the book. They look beautiful. 

You can also make a digital scrapbook by designing scrapbook pages in Microsoft Powerpoint, then save each slide as a jpg image. Make sure the image is at least 300 dpi. Of course, Digital Scrapbook programs would be the best option to use.