Scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements, the Creative Cropping Cookbook

by Lynette Kent. 175 pp. Sybex, 2005. $29.95.

Digital scrapbooking and Photoshop Elements are a match made in heaven, and Lynette Kent is an effective guide to combining the two in Scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements.

Scrapbooking is the enormously popular hobby of creating scrapbooks or “memory books” with photos, memorabilia, narrative and decoration. Traditional scrapbookers work with scissors and glue, but many are embracing the digital tools of scanners, printers, digital cameras and photo editing software.

Adobe Photoshop Elements is the most popular application for editing photos. The current version, Photoshop Elements 3.0 [see review on page 2. Ed.], adds features like the Cookie Cutter tool that might have been custom-made for scrapbookers.

Scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements is aimed at scrapbookers looking to make the jump to digital or to improve their digital skills, but anyone looking for a basic grounding in design, digital tools and creative Photoshop Elements techniques will find much to learn here. Kent’s reassuring instruction is just right for beginners who are finding their way around the digital world.

Kent demystifies choosing and using scanners and printers, monitors, pen tablets, archiving files and more with straigtforward explanations and shopping lists of features to look for. The book includes a dozen tear-out recipe cards with instructions for tasks like creating photo frames and scanning a 12x12 page with a letter-sized scanner, as well as coupons for saving over $100 on digital scrapbooking products. For scrapbookers and photo editing beginners everywhere.

– Elsa Travisano
Copyright ©2005 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the April 2005 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.