My Scrapping Secret Weapon

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Supplies: Home Sweet Home by Amanda Heimann and Christy Lyle, fonts are Giggles and JpHand

Would you believe the layout above only took a few minutes? My friends that get together with me to digisrap, know that I have a secret weapon that I haven’t talked much about on THE DAILY DIGI (though they are probably sick to death of hearing about it). It’s a program that I found with the help of Scrapbook Bytes ezine when I first went digital.

FotoFusion is a photo editing program by Lumapix and you can also use it for digital scrapbooking. Here’s the catch though…on their site, they list three different versions of the program. The lowest model and least expensive version is the “Scrapbook Essentials” for $39.95. This sounds great, but when you go to compare versions of the software, in this version of the software, you can only export or save a project is 2000×2000 pixels, which will not give you an 8×8 OR a 12×12 at 300dpi. You CAN print a 12×12 at 300dpi from the program to your own printer. I tried to print as a PDF and it did not work. In order to export a 12×12 at 300dpi, you need to purchase the Enhanced version of the software for $119.95. The maximum size you can export or save in that version is 3900×5700. I find it very disappointing that they advertise a Scrapbooking version that is affordable, yet you cannot export at the industry standard size in that version. I have attempted to contact Lumapix about this several times via email and trouble tickets. My trouble tickets were closed without a response and my emails were responded to by a tech person explaining that he did not know why my tickets were closed without a response and would forward them to the owner and re-open the ticket. I was able to verify that the trouble tickets were re-opened, however, my tickets were once again, closed un-answered. Also, there is not a Mac version. These are the reasons I have not talked about it until now.

In Paperclipping Roundtable episode 12, I referenced this program, so I thought I would share with all of you what I like to use this program for. When I have a lot of photos that I want on a layout, this program is ideal! It can create a collage for me by the click of one button, once I add all of my photos.

Here’s a look:

There are several ways to use the collage feature, but this is my favorite, the auto-collage wizard:

image The below window opens up and I selected a few images by clicking on them and holding down the ctrl key at the same time.

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Next, I click on Add To List:

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Then, I go to step 2. Creative Options. You can see my selections below. I kept most of the enhancements off, but you can add a lot right here.

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The last step is the 3rd tab, Canvas Size Options:

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Now, click OK. This is how FotoFusion brought my photos into the layout:

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You can click the jumble button and the photos will shift, so they aren’t lined up. Drag the slider for more or less tilting:

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Here’s how they look now:

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Mousing over the buttons, will reveal information about what they do:

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You will see below that I deleted one of the photos and resized all of them. Selecting an image will reveal a menu with extra options such as drop shadows, borders, effects, and text. You can then mouse onto the borders (for instance) to adjust:

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I decided to add some border effects. I changed the settings on one photo and then, when I was happy, clicked the equal sign to apply that to all of the images.

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Now, you CAN scrapbook the entire layout in this program if you wanted to. I really like using my Photoshop though, so at this point, this is what I do, make the canvas transparent:

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Then click on the output tab and get ready to save (you can copy my settings if you want:

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Then click Render and it will save the file as a png, which I then bring into Photoshop to finish my layout:

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Supplies: Sending All My Love by Misty Cato, Bad Sewing Machine 18 by Traci Reed, fonts are JPhand, traveling typewriter, and Howies Stamps.

If you would like to try FotoFusion, here are some resources to get you started:

Doing My First Layout – scroll down to the FotoFusion section
More Tutorials – again scroll down to the FotoFusion section

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