Making Sense of the Jargon

Digital scrapbooking uses terms from graphic design, paper scrapbooking, and art. Here are explanations of a few key terms:

Alpha

An alphabet made up of PNG files, one for each letter

Layout

Refers to the whole scrapbooking page

Embellishments/Elements

PNG files that looks like a flower, ribbon, button or other decoration for your layout

Flatten

To remove all the layers within the file to prepare a layout for printing. Make sure you save your work before doing this! Then save the resulting file as a JPG.

JPG

A file format set up by the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG). A compressed file format that is used for uploading photos. JPEG compression has a number of different compression rates. Use the highest quality level (low compression) for uploading for printing, and lower quality (higher compression) for uploading to galleries for viewing on screen.

Paper

A JPG file that looks like scrapbooking pattern paper or cardstock

Photobook

A professionally printed book made from photos or your layouts

Place

The command in Photoshop Elements that creates a smart object so that your image can be resized multiple times without losing quality.

PNG

Portable Network Graphics file format. Used for embellishments in digital scrapbooking.

PSD

Photoshop Document file. PSD files retain layers and can be edited later.

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About Melissa Shanhun

Melissa Shanhun is a Aussie mum of two and avid digital scrapbooker. She loves to show others how fun and easy it can be to record those memories with tech tools like Photoshop Elements.

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