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Every hobby seems to have its own terms or sometimes made up words to describe the different activities involved. Have you ever visited a digital scrapbook blog and read through a post and wondered what the heck they were even referring to? You would not be alone!
To help with that, here are a few common terms and what they mean!
12 x 12 at 300 dpi
I’m sure you’ve heard this referred to with product sizing, layout sizing, etc. What does it mean? 12 x 12 is the most common size for scrapbooks, although there are other sizes used as well. It is a paper that is 12 inches by 12 inches. When we refer to 300 dpi, that means there are 300 dots per inch. The dots are what make up the color and give your photo or layout its full life, its a dot of ink! When you are going to print a layout, you want it to be at 300 dpi, no matter the size of your paper, because that is what ensures it actually will print at the 12×12 size. For example, if you create a layout at 12×12 at 300 dpi, that actually means it is 3600 pixels by 3600 pixels. If you were to create a layout on a 12×12 canvas, but have it be 72 ppi, your actual size will be 864 pixels by 864 pixels, which is much smaller.
Save for Web
This is a great place to discuss saving a layout for print versus saving it for the web because we just discussed the important pixels needed for a print layout. However, what if after you save your print layout, you want to save it for sharing on the web? Obviously something that is 3600 pixels by 3600 pixels would take forever to load and would just be huge! This is where it is nice to resize your layout. Now, be very careful when doing this! Make sure you have a safe place for your print layouts, saved at the right size, before you resize for the web! Once you do, then click on Image>>Image Size and a box will pop up. I always change the ppi first, from 300 to 72. This now shows the pixel size to be the 864×864. You could leave it at this, but many galleries like it to be 600×600. Either way, this is a much more manageable size for sharing on a blog, facebook, gallery, etc. There is even a “save for web” option on at least Photoshop which just condenses even more. With or with out that option, having the ppi down to 72, your layout will load much quicker! I also save this version with web in my file name, so I always know which is which!
If you visit my blog regularly, you may have noticed our scraplift challenge every Friday! What this simply means is that I give an example layout, to use as inspiration, and you create your own layout based on this inspiration. It doesn’t have to be exact, but its basically a way to “lift” (think of the word shoplift) what another scrapper has done and create it in your own way! It can be a fun way to try something new and expand your scrapping!
This refers to any text you add to your layout. As your write out your memories, or the details of the memory you are scrapping, we refer to that as journaling!
This is a layered file that has everything placed for you for a layout. You can simply clip papers to the different shapes or remove them and add similar elements of your own. They are a great way to get the process started!
In Photoshop and sometimes in Photoshop Elements (I believe), you can load actions to do certain steps automatically for you. For example, you can have an action that with a click of a button will edit your photo, or turn it to black and white. Another action might clip all your edges so they are rounded. Yet another action might save your layout for print and then automatically resize it to a web size and save it there. Actions are a great way to speed up the scrapbook process!
CT or Creative Team
Maybe you’ve seen people look for CT’s or encouraging people to apply for a CT position. And you thought, “What the what is that?” A creative team is made up of a few scrappers that create layouts for a designer to help show off their product. They usually get “paid” in free scrapbook products!
I’m sure I could add all sorts of more terms to this, but I’d love to hear from you! In the comments, tell me a term you’d like to know more about, and I’ll add it here! In the meantime, don’t forget to grab today’s download!