Digi Downloading Tips

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One of the first things a digi newbie needs to learn is how to download and unzip files. Surprisingly, there are many ways to manage downloading, so even a seasoned digi veteran can always learn a few tricks in this area as well. I (Katie) have been digital scrapbooking for almost 6 years now, and I only recently streamlined my own downloading process thanks to something that Steph mentioned to me in a podcast.

Here’s my current process:

  • As soon as I complete an online digital scrapbook purchase (or find a high-quality freebie), I immediately save the zip files to my computer hard drive. All my downloads go immediately to a folder labeled “downloads”.
  • After I’ve accumulated a few downloads (never waiting more than a day or two), I use the unzip them all tool (it’s free!) to quickly unzip multiple files at once.
  • I quickly check all unzipped downloads to be sure there were no corrupt files and that I got everything. That’s the main reason why I never wait too long to do this – many sites keep the download links active in your account for a few days. It’s also much easier for a shop owner to go in and reset download links on a recent purchase rather than having to wade back through months of orders to find yours.
  • I delete all my zip folders once I have unzipped the contents. I know many digi scrappers keep these for their files, but I don’t feel like there is any need to do this.
  • I like to consolidate my unzipped download folders at this point. I generally like to have only 1 file per kit or product. I may keep subfolders within that main folder (especially for alphas), but I like to keep it all neat & tidy. You can read more about my organization process in the post Digital Scrapbook Organization – 3 Ways.
  • Once my files are consolidated, I move them to my external hard drive organization system. Sometimes, if I plan to use the download right away, I will also keep a copy on my laptop so I can easily access it.

It’s a pretty simple system and it works for me. However, not everyone is the same and there are other ways to accomplish the same tasks, so I thought it would be helpful to share what some of our team members here at The Daily Digi do to manage their downloads.

Heddy’s process:

  • With scrap supplies, I download into my SCRAP DOWNLOADS folder and unzip right away. This is because I’ve had corrupt zip files in the past and it can be a pain to have a download reset by a store after a certain amount of time has passed.
  • With kits, once I unzip them, I organize them right away by renaming the main folder DESIGNER NAME – KIT NAME and creating sub-folders ALPHA, ELEMENTS, and PAPERS. If a kit has two or more paper zips, I consolidate them all in one PAPERS folder to make it easier to scrap with. I also drag the kit preview into the top folder and tag it in ACDSee right away. Later on, once I’m ready to actually use the kit, I tag the individual elements and papers. (This makes it very easy for me to know which kits I’ve scrapped with before and which ones haven’t been used.)
  • Once I’m done those quick steps, I delete the zip folder. I’m embarrassed to say that I used to keep my zip files in a folder up until last year! I had about 80 GB of them! After doing some research, I found out there’s no need to keep them and I happily deleted them (and freed a bunch of hard drive space!).

Melissa S.’s process:

  • I download zips into a folder, then unzip them using unzip them all onto my main HDD and re-download any corrupted files if necessary.
  • I unzip them into the designer’s name and then leave them however the designer organised them otherwise. I delete all the extra folders for the Mac.
  • I keep my zip files until I have about 4GB then burn them off on to a DVD as a backup. I delete the zips and then backup my supplies onto an external HDD using Synctoy. I don’t use the HDD all the time as they tend to go flakey. So I have 3 copies. I on DVD, one on my HDD and one on my External HDD.

Lauren’s process:

  • I use ALZIP and when you right click over the zip you can click on “extract ALL to folder” which i love!
  • I also agree on unzipping right away because of the issue w/ improper downloads and what not.
  • I also remove copies of previews (you know how sometimes the put them in EACH folder!) and i rename the preview I keep “folder” if it’s not already named that way.
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Jenn’s process:

  • I download everything to my desktop so I can see it and it makes me organize and unzip it faster because it drives me crazy to have a bunch of files on my desktop.
  • I use Zip Genius, and I try to unzip as I’m downloading to make sure none of the files are corrupt, and as soon as I check to make sure the file contents are all there I’ll dump the zips into the recycle bin.
  • Any scrapbook products that I download get renamed by Designer_KitName. If the kit is broken up into individual folders I’ll put them all into one folder, with only a subfolder for an alpha if there was one included.  I don’t like to have to click through a bunch of folders to find things, and tend to scrap easier if I can just open 1 folder and find all of the paper/elements mixed together as it helps me to visualize the items together better.

Trina’s process:

  • I use UnzipThemAll as well, although it took me awhile to figure it out.  It is such a time saver!  I download to 2 spots – New Downloads (for stuff I’ve purchased) and CT Downloads.
  • I unzip right away and delete the zips.  I’ve found that when downloading some stores limit you to downloading 2 things at a time, but even if they don’t limit it, I tend to stick with downloading 2 zips at once, otherwise it downloads too slow and actually takes more time.  A lot of times I don’t have time to download something right away, so I keep the e-mail from the store with the download links in my inbox until I download.  I hate having a cluttered inbox, so this always reminds me to go download what I’ve purchased.
  • I use Mozilla Firefox, and I love the Download box that pops up, it comes in handy for remembering which was the last download link you’ve clicked on (I could never remember that using IE).

Tara’s process:

  • Currently when I download a file from a shop etc. I save it to my favourite place!!! My Desktop.
  • Then I right click and select Extract All. I move my Zip file into the Zip Folder I keep on a separate drive.
  • Then I file the folder in my scrap folders, I move it to my main folders and then to the back up I keep on an external drive.

Anne’s process:

  • I’ve recently started working on a Mac laptop, so I’m still trying to figure out the inns and outs on this one. But when I used PC I loved my 7-ZIP download manager. I could download up to seven files at once and I could adjust where I wanted the zips to be stored right away.

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Who knew there were so many ways to download & manage files? Even though we all had differences in our downloading process, we all had a common goal – unzip & organize those digi goodies as quickly as possible so we can get scrappin!

Here are a few related links worth checking out:

Happy Downloading!

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Organizing in Lightroom with Kayla Lamoreaux

We are so happy to have Kayla Lamoreaux here with a guest post today! If you’ve listened to Kayla on the Digi Show podcast, you will know that she is extremely knowledgeable about both organizing digital supplies, and Lightroom! Here’s a little bit about Kayla:

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clip_image001 I love scrapbooking digitally and using technology to make life easier. For the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing people in this industry, teaching everything from digital scrapbooking to photo and supply organization. I love technology and how much easier it has made memory keeping in my life – to that end I love sharing whatever I can with others to help them in their journey to preserve their stories and memories.

Kayla has taught Digital Scrapbooking and Photo Organization at Digital Scrapper. You can now find her at her own site where she hosts classes and blogs about digital scrapbooking, photography, and anything else that inspires her.

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After teaching photo organization in five different software programs, I am often asked where I choose to store not only my personal photos, but also my digital supplies. The answer is Lightroom.

The path that led me to Lightroom was pretty long and involved stops in places like ACDSee,Photoshop Elements, Aperture, and iPhoto. I even learned about Picasa, which is another organizing program that is free. In the end I chose Lightroom.

The reasons are many – the most important one being that Lightroom is the software that allows me to accomplish the most in my workflow in the least amount of time and stress. It also works seamlessly with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Last but definitely not least, Lightroom allows for non-destructive image editing and allows me to add metadata and keep track of thousands of items on multiple hard drives without the hard drives being attached to my computer.

There are a lot of scrapbookers out there who get that Lightroom is great for photos. When I tell them I am also organizing my supplies in Lightroom, I get some puzzled looks followed by the question, “How do you do that when Lightroom doesn’t recognize PNG files?”

First things first – organizing your supplies in any software can be a daunting task. Currently I have 40,000+ images in my digital supply collection. That is a lot to think about organizing – especially when about 60% are in PNG format…

Long story short, after a lot of research on digital asset management and the PNG file format I learned a few things: 1) PNG files are great for maintaining transparency and sharing online because of their size, and 2) PNG files are not great at holding metadata or keywords because there is no uniform format to hold that metadata.

So, if I wanted my supplies organized with the keywords and info written directly into the files, I needed to convert my PNG files to another format. Keywords and metadata make it so no matter what software you organize in, you will be able to organize your files instead of starting over. I only wanted to organize my files once.

What followed after all these discoveries was a process that I am still refining. It involves a workflow that incorporates Adobe Bridge along with Lightroom. I have been working on the process since this summer.

What I can tell you is that it works. I am still in the process of keywording my supplies so that eventually I will be able to locate them by not just kit and designer, but also color, type, and season/theme. So if I want a green staple, I will just search for it and find every green staple in my catalog within seconds.

As I have continued to bring new supplies into the system, the workflow works. I also love that I can search my photos for a layout in Lightroom and then in the same software search for digital papers and elements to scrapbook them with, opening them all in Photoshop. My workflow has never flowed that easily from photos and supplies to Photoshop. And just in case you are wondering, if you are working in Photoshop Elements, Lightroom works with that as well.

The best part is even though I don’t have everything organized yet, my 15 minute organizing sessions are getting me somewhere as I am already reaping the benefits of being able to search what has been keyworded.

So when it comes to organizing, no matter what software you use I would recommend three things:

1) Find a software that feels intuitive and easy to use.

2) Make sure that the work you put into it – i.e. keywording, categories, etc. is something you can get out – even if you change programs.

3) Take it one small step at a time – organize your previews to start and then begin organizing things by designer and kit and so on.

Are you organized with your supplies? What software do you use and what do you like best about your system? Share in the comments, I am sure there is a lot we can all learn from one another. 🙂

kayla

P.S. For more Lightroom resources check out this page in our tutorials section.

How I Keep Track of Supplies Used

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One question that I get asked a lot is how I keep track of all of the supplies I use on a layout for crediting when posting in a gallery or here.  For a very long time, I was able to remember what supplies I used on a layout. That was, however, back when I was only using supplies from 3-4 different designers on a regular basis.

Last spring, I had a reader email me and tell me about some scripts she was giving away for free on her site.  I waited a while before downloading and trying them, but once I did, I was kicking myself for not doing it sooner. Christy Vanderwall has several scripts on her site, but the ones I use the most are the “Copy and Close” and the “Supply Tracker”.  You can find the scripts for free on her site, they have been tested in PSE 6 and up and PSCS 2 and up. She has very detailed instructions for installing them as well.

Today, I thought I would show you what you can expect when you run the scripts.

This is how my window looked with all of the papers, elements, and photo that I wanted to use on my layout open:

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I created a new, blank canvas, save it as a psd file, and then ran the “Copy and Close” script (see the tutorial on installing, which also shows how to run the scripts).  Here’s what I ended up with:

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All of the opened files were copied onto my blank canvas, their layer on my canvas was renamed to the file name, and the files were then closed.  Here’s a close up view of the layers pallet with their new product names:

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Now, I go about my usual scrapping.  Moving things around and figuring out what I want things to look like.  If I decide I want to add something new to the canvas that is not currently there, I just open the file and run “Copy and Close” again.  If I want the font names to be part of the supply list, I change the text layer name to the font name, by double clicking on that layer’s name.

When my layout is all finished, I run the “Supply Tracker” script.  This will take all of the layer names and put them on a new text layer as well as adding them to my metadata.  Here’s a look at the text layer:

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You can see the info. added to the metadata by going to file>file info., here’s what mine looked like:

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You can go through and edit out the unimportant layers, but I leave them in there and will edit them after uploading.  Just turn off the text layer by clicking on the eye and then save and save as a new jpeg file to get ready to upload.

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The really great thing about having this information added to the metadata is when you upload to Flickr, that metadata is uploaded with it as part of the description.  You won’t have to copy and paste the supply list at all!!  Just edit out what isn’t necessary and you are good to go!

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Well, there you have it in a nutshell! How I keep track of what I used on a layout.  I love using these scripts and they have made my scrapping life easier! 🙂

Smart phones, iPhones, and iPads for digital scrapbookers

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Before we go any further, I (Katie) wanted to link to this week’s Paperclipping Digi Show podcast. Due to some technical issues with sound mixing, the episode just went live yesterday. It actually fits in really well with today’s post though!

Steph, Izzy, Kayla Lamoreaux, Lynnette Penacho, and I all discussed several things related to the ipad during the mail segment and the product picks. The main topic of the show was Lightroom. There is so much information in this episode that I’m currently on my 2nd time through it because I’m working through all the links that were given. Great stuff!

I’ve also added a Lightroom resource page to our tutorials section here at The Daily Digi so be sure to check it out!

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What’s your digital photo workflow? Do you use Lightroom? How do your process everything? These are some of the questions we ask on today’s show!

You can use this audio player to listen to the show or be sure to subscribe in itunes for even more flexibility (and portability)! If you listen in iTunes (and subscribe), it helps us keep track of the size of our audience (and helps us get sponsors). Izzy has a video on his site explaining how to do that OR you can see our tutorial with screenshots:

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You can join in the discussion about the show after listening if you want. You can listen below, subscribe in iTunes, or subscribe through our RSS feed.

Also be sure to be a “liker’ of the Paperclipping Digi Show Facebook Page and/or follow the show on twitter.

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On to one of our favorite topics… technology and the digital scrapbooker! In this case, it’s all about smartphones and the new kid on the block – the iPad.

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Do you need an iPhone, iPad, or a smart phone to be a digital scrapbooker? The answer is no. You can certainly get by just fine without these added technological wonders. To be a digital scrapbooker, you just need a computer + software. So while “need” is not the correct term, you will definitely benefit from having access to some of the great apps (short for applications) and mobility these types of devices offer. Smartphones and iPads can actually be very helpful accessories for the digital scrapbooker (and photographer).

We realize that this post will not apply to (or be of interest) to all of our readers. Even on our own team here at The Daily Digi, only about half of us have smartphones and only a few have iPads. We do get a lot of questions about them though, and with the holiday season coming up many of you have put them on your wish lists. If your holiday elf needs some convincing, here are the reasons why these devices might be useful for you.

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I thought team member Jenn Lindsey gave one of the very best reasons for having a phone that has internet capability (or even an iPad) . She said “ I have an iPhone, but the only scrapbook related app I have is for TDD, it’s where I check out the post for the day every morning. What the iPhone has done for me is really free up my computer time. I have direct links to all of the forums I participate in right on my homescreen, and through my phone is where I check in and do most of my posts ( I’m waiting at my son’s preschool right now as I type this;)). I have 4 separate email accounts that are all synched to my phone, too. Really the only reason I am ever at my laptop now is when I’m using Photoshop or posting layouts.”

Freeing up computer time for digital scrapbooking is my favorite benefit from my little technology buddies! Speeding up email processing and blog reading through the use of apps has given me more time to scrap. Here are some of our favorite time-saving apps. Many of these links are for iPhones so if you use a different phone, be sure to check those app offerings.

  • The Daily Digi iphone app (free)
  • Evernote app (free) – see Steph’s post about Evernote
  • Flickr app (free) – see Katie’s post about Flickr
  • Hootsuite or Tweetdeck for managing Twitter (both are free). These help you follow stores and designers on twitter to keep up on news and deals. Also great for following and interacting with The Daily Digi!
  • Facebook app (free). This helps you follow stores and designers on facebook to keep up on news and deals. Also great for following and interacting with The Daily Digi!
  • Mobile RSS Reader pro ($2.99). A great app for reading blogs from your google reader on your phone.
  • Here’s another suggestion from one of our podcast listeners! Oh, I’m glad someone else replied to this! I was beginning to think I was the only person in the world who didn’t have an iPod! I do however, have a Blackberry, and wanted to suggest an app for your listeners. Mediafly is a free podcast app that actually works through a ton of different devices, but it’s the only one I’ve really had any success with on my blackberry. I just subscribe to the RSS feed in Mediafly, and both the Digi Show and the Roundtable update automatically as new shows are posted. It’s a great option for someone like me, who has a Blackberry for business purposes and still wants to listen to the Paperclipping on the go. You can see the app at mediafly.com. Thanks to carabecca for this suggestion!

You can also have fun with photography apps and the camera in your smartphone. Several of our team members have created layouts using phone photos.

Of course digital scrapbookers know that a smart phone is a great way to show off photos! Just load some of your photos on your phone and you have an instant bragbook. Some scrappers have even sized layouts to fit their phone screen so they can share those on the go as well.

The iPad

When the iPad first came out, I never planned to get one. I thought it was just an oversized version of the iPhone. I was totally wrong on that one. There are some similarities, but not many. You will find that some of the apps listed above in the phone section work great on an iPad, while others do not. If you have iPhone apps that you want to use on the iPad, make sure they are compatible. You can still use all of the iPhone apps, but you might have to enlarge them if they are not formatted for the iPad and this will cause them to lose some resolution on the screen display. At the time of this posting, the only apps listed in the phone category that are optimized for iPad usage are: Adobe Photoshop Express and Evernote . Keep in mind that the iPad is still quite new on the scene and that new apps are being developed all the time.

To understand the iPad, you have to realize that it is not just a big iPhone. It’s hard to explain, but for me it fills the void between my phone and my computer. It doesn’t replace either one, but is a great supplement to both. It is a great tool for reading and productivity which allows me more time for digital scrapbook related activities when I’m at my computer.

I almost always use my iPad for blog reading, email processing, and viewing PDF files when I’m at home now. I still use my phone when I’m on the go because I didn’t buy the iPad with 3G. That works fine for me because I’m home a lot. If I was working outside the home or traveling a lot more, I would probably pay the extra cost (and monthly fee) of having the constant internet connection. If you are around a lot of free WiFi hotspots you can certainly work around that. At home you will need a router so you can pick up on your internet connection using your iPad.

My very favorite use for my iPad is being able to read all the PDFs that have stayed buried on my external hard drive. I’m finally reading all the PDFs I’ve saved up from online classes and I love to pull up The Daily Digi Playbooks anytime I need some inspiration!

Here are some of the iPad apps that I love, and also a few that have been mentioned on the podcast.

  • Flipboard (free) turns your iPad into a stunning visual magazine view of facebook and twitter.
  • Reeder for iPad ($4.99) Access your google reader on your iPad
  • Good Reader ($1.99) Great for reading PDFs and large text files. Steph and Izzy give some great tips for this in the latest podcast.
  • GoDocs ($3.99) Syncs with Google Docs (which is a free way to store pdfs and files online)
  • iFontmaker ($7.99) Steph’s pick of the week in the latest podcast. Anyone can make a font with this app!
  • Kindle for iPad (free) a beautiful way to read ebooks on your iPad.
  • Google Earth (free) you might wonder how this one relates to digital scrapbooking, but just think of the screen shot possibilities! A view of your space, or your street on a scrapbook page. Cool!
  • Lights, Camera, Capture! ($9.99) This revolutionary ebook was Izzy’s pick in the latest podcast.
  • Index Card ($3.99) cool app for jotting down your brainstorms in an organized manner. This was Izzy’s pick in podcast #19 and I’ve actually used it for scrapooking and journaling purposes.

Digital scrapbookers and photographers will appreciate the gorgeous screen resolution of the iPad and the large viewing space for showing off photos and layouts. It’s like having a portable digital photo frame with you!

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There is no way we could possibly list all the great apps out there so feel free to leave us comments about your favorite ways that a phone or ipad has helped you become a better digital scrapbooker or photographer. Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

katie

P.S. NO affiliate links were used in this post.

Quick and Easy Collages

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Want to know a secret? When you have a lot of photos, nothing is easier than using a software program with a built in collage feature. Both Steph and I (Katie) have written about a few of our favorite collage tools before, but we thought it would be fun to round them all up into one post so you can see some examples and comparisons.

PICASA:

Picasa is by far one of my favorite tools just because of the collage feature. I love that I can make digital piles of photos look great with the click of a few buttons. Even better, Picasa is a FREE program!

To create this collage with hundreds of Disney World pictures, I selected the folder of photos I wanted to use, and then chose“Create” and “Picture Collage” from the top bar menu.

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I’ve used collages like this on layouts. They export as jpeg images, so you can remove the white background using a magic wand tool, or just use the white on your layout like I did in the sample below:

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Some resources to help you use Picasa:

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FOTO FUSION:

This is the program that Steph has called her “Secret Scrapping Weapon” and after purchasing my own copy, I now know why! This is the most customizable of all the collage software programs that I have used.

Both of these collages were made with a folder of photos from a 2008 vacation to Oregon. Each one of them took only minutes to create! Just use the auto collage wizard tool in the top menu under “TOOLS” and play around with the different adjustment settings.

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I think each one of them would be a great digital scrapbook page!

Some resources to help you use Foto Fusion:

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PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS:

Photoshop Elements has a basic collage creating tool to help you combine several photos together. Use the “Create” tab and follow the step-by-step instructions in this post to put together easy collages in PSE.

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I chose a white background for this collage and turned it into this simple layout by adding a fun font. (Fontologie Empty Wrapper font)

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Some resources to help you with Photoshop Elements collages:

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Shape Collage is another great program that some of our readers have mentioned to us. It automatically collages your selected photos. The free version is not as customizable, but if you upgrade to a paid version you can save as a PSD/TIF file so that you can move around photos.

To create a collage just drag your photos into the work space and click a selection. Incredibly easy!

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I especially love the shaped collages! I think they would be so fun to use on blog posts or digital layouts.

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My very favorite part of Shape Collage IS available in the free version: you can create a collage in any shape you wish (letter of the alphabet; symbol; number; shape, etc.).

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Those are all pictures I took in 2007 formed into a collage of the numbers 2007. Cool! 🙂

Some resources to help you use Shape Collage:

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I hope you are ready to have some collage fun with your photos. You can make fun images for blogs and scrapbook pages, or even create some frame-worthy collages.

katie

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A FLICKR TUTORIAL FOR Digital Scrapbookers & Photographers

During the podcast recording earlier this week, Steph mentioned that she needed some help figuring out how to upload multiple photos to Flickr at the same time. I (Katie) remember having the very same question when I was starting out on Flickr, so we figured that there were probably some of our readers out there feeling the same way. We decided it was time for a step-by-step Flickr tutorial here at The Daily Digi!

HOW TO UPLOAD PHOTOS AND LAYOUTS TO FLICKR:

You can download a Flickr uploading tool to your desktop, but I  prefer to use the uploading tool built right into the website. Go to flickr.com and if you have an account there (free or paid) you should see your own photostream. Use the upload photos & video button on the top right side of the screen.

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Click on the “Upload Photos & Video” link and you will see this screen

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When you click on “choose photos and videos” you will need to locate where your pictures are on your computer (or external hard drive) and open that folder. In my case, they are in a folder on my desktop so I go to that folder.

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I have a lot of pictures that I’m going to upload all at once so I use my favorite trick of holding down the “CRTL” key while selecting each photo I want to upload using my mouse. You can click on this image to make it larger if needed. You will see that each photo I have chosen is highlighted with a light blue color. That lets me know that my choice of selecting more than one photo is working. This is a basic computer trick that works in most programs (not sure if it’s the same for a MAC?). Anytime you want to choose more than one file at a time, just hit the CTRL button at the same time you make multiple selections.

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If you wanted to upload only 1 picture from that file, just click on that picture. Then you can repeat the process with different folders if needed.

Once you have selected all your photos, you will see them all in the file name area. Click “open”

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this will lead you back to the Flickr Upload page where you will see multiple files waiting to be uploaded.

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You can repeat this step as many times as desired before hitting the upload button. I usually just work on one folder at a time though. Be sure to select your privacy settings here to make it easy. I chose “Private” and “Visible to Family” for these photos. If you want some photos in the batch to be made public, and some private, you can always adjust that a little later on.

You will see a progress bar (in pink) develop as your photos upload.

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You can see that each file is uploading by watching the progress.

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I have a very fast internet connection (lucky me!) so I was able to upload 35 full resolution photos (a total of 57.23 MB) in less than 3 minutes. Your time might vary.

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Now comes the fun part – “add a description”. You might be tempted to skip this step, and that’s just fine if you want to, but you will really save yourself searching and organization time later on if you fill in a few tags, descriptions, and/or put the photos in a set (like an album).

Click to enlarge if you want to see more detail.

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I keep my descriptions pretty simple, but you could also add in some detailed journaling for each photo if you wanted to.  All 35 photos in this batch were taken in 2010 in Ophir, Utah so I used those as tags to apply to the entire batch. You can also add individual tags to each photo if you want to. You can also open up the organizer tool here for even more options.

I have a set (album) for all my 2010 photos so that is where I put these photos. I have several sets in my flickr account. You can see how I have them organized if you are interested. If you want to have several sets, you will need a pro account which is $24.95 a year.

If you want to upload digital scrapbook layouts, follow the same procedure as above. You will want to upload your full size jpeg images. I like to include the supplies used in the description area of the upload. I also include my journaling in the description so it is easier to view. This is just a matter of personal preference.

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WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PHOTOS AND LAYOUTS ON FLICKR:

Now that you have your photos and/or digital layouts uploaded to Flickr, what’s next? Here are a few great options:

  • Just leave your photos on Flickr for storage. Flickr is a great offsite backup option, especially if you have a pro account because you can access the full size resolution photos at any time. They are never deleted unless you go against community guidelines. As of today I have I currently have 20,144 photos/layouts uploaded to my Flickr account. Those are all being stored (while still remaining accessible to me) for only $24.95 a year. I can’t think of any other site that would come close to offering me that type of storage for such a low price!

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  • Share your photos with family and friends. You can send them links to your photostream. If they join Flickr, you can add them as contacts (which is like adding them as a friend). You can make your photos viewable only to family, or for certain groups, or for the entire world. I do a some of each of these options. Here are some of the digital scrapbook pages I have made with The Digi Files. I share this set with everyone. Other photos and/or sets are just for my family.

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  • Share your photos and/or layouts with groups of others with the same interests. I sure hope you will add The Daily Digi’s flickr group of Digital Scrapbook Inspiration to your list! 🙂 🙂 🙂

To add your layout to our group, just choose the actions menu at the top left of the photo and select “add to/remove from group”

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Then choose the group you want to send it to.

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You will need to join the group first. When you find a group you want to join, look for the join link at the top of the group page.

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  • Access your photos when you need them. If you don’t have all your photo files with you at all times, you can’t use them. If you have a Flickr account and an internet connection, you can download any of your own full size resolution photos at any time. I often find that I can find one of my photos in my Flickr account faster than I can by searching through my external hard drive. When I’m blogging or scrapbooking, I often go to Flickr and simply download the photo from there. Fast and easy! Just go to Actions on the top left of your photo and choose “view all sizes”

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Then choose to download original size. Or if you simply need a blog image, you can download a smaller size.

A FEW MORE RESOURCES FOR MAKING THE MOST OF FLICKR:

  • Something Fun for you on Flickr
  • 20 Reasons Why You Should Use Flickr
  • How Photo Sharing Works from How Stuff Works.com
  • Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration Group
  • Flickr is a BIG place! It is consistently listed at one of the top (or THE top) photo sharing website on the internet. There’s a lot that you can do there, so don’t get overwhelmed. You can use the basic features, or become a die-hard Flickr “Fanatic” like me! Whatever works for you. 🙂

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    Desktop backgrounds for Digi Scrappers

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    Free desktop from Weeds and Wildflowers blog

    I (Katie) am not much for seasonal decorating around the house. It’s a lot of work (and money) to gather decorations, store them year-round, and then decorate the house with them for just a short amount of time. But I LOVE to decorate my computer desktop! With just a few clicks, I can create something fun to inspire me throughout the month! I feel so festive each time I turn on my laptop and see a special picture and creative page design looking back at me. It is the perfect way to set the mood for digital scrapbooking!

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    Free desktop from Traci Reed team blog. Picture by Highlite Photography.

    As I was selecting this desktop image and photo to use for October, I thought about some of the great reasons to use a digital scrapbook desktop.

    1. Many of them are free! (See list below for sources)
    2. They are a fast and easy way to create something beautiful.
    3. Desktops are so easy to put together. They are similar to quick pages – all you have to do is add a picture!
    4. I love having a calendar right on the desktop screen of my computer. It comes in SO handy!
    5. Having a pretty desktop encourages you to keep your actual computer desktop clean and clutter free. I don’t like to see icons all over my beautiful work of art (ok, someone else’s beautiful work of art + MY photo) so I keep my program icons in the toolbar or in a subfolder. My desktop only has a recycle bin and an “IN PROGRESS” folder. I love it that way!

    Once you have the desktop image paired with your favorite photo(s), simply choose to save it as a desktop background. I just right-clicked on the image and selected “

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    Now this is what my computer screen looks like – all decked out for fall!

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    I love desktops with lots of white space because I think they are easier on the eye. I love a prominent calendar and a spot for a big photo (or a few photos). Looking at a special memory each time I log on to my computer helps me remember why I love to scrapbook so much!

    FUN & FREE SOURCES FOR DIGI SCRAP STYLE DESKTOPS:

    Most of these designers and digital scrapbook shops/blogs offer some sort of free desktop background around the end of the month or even on the first day of the applicable month. So October desktops should start showing up in the next few days. (A few are already available)

    WANT TO CREATE YOUR OWN DESKTOP?

    With all the fantastic free desktops out there, you might not ever need to create your own. But if you want to try your hand at your own desktop design, it isn’t much different than creating a digital scrapbook page. The only difference is you need to set the canvas size to the same size as your actual computer desktop display. How do you find that out? The best trick is to hit “print screen” on your computer (usually a button on your keyboard close to the delete key) and then open a new project in your photo editing program (such as Photoshop or PSE).

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    When you select “New” and then “Blank File” it will automatically open up to the size of the image you just copied by selecting “print screen”. Now you have your exact screen dimensions!

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    Pretty cool trick!

    If you need more information about how to put together a basic digital scrapbook page, be sure to refer to our fabulous tutorials section.

    Now have some fun decorating your desktop!

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    DELICIOUS DAILY DIGI

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    I (Katie) absolutely LOVE using the delicious website to manage my online bookmarks. I have been using this site for 2+ years and I currently have 2,212 bookmarks saved in my account. WOW! You might think that there is no way I can actually use and keep track of that many bookmarks, and that would be correct – IF it wasn’t for delicious!

    When I find something online that I want to keep, I simply add it to my delicious account. I downloaded the toolbar button for my browser to make this fast and easy to do. I don’t use my browser bookmark tool unless it is for a very short term project (like I will look at the link later on that day). I do use my browser toolbar to bookmark the sites I go to everyday, but everything else gets filed in delicious. I never have to worry about losing my bookmarks and I can access them on any computer with an internet connection. My favorite feature is that I can add tags to my bookmarks to make them easy to find. For example, if I see a recipe for Halloween cupcakes that I would like to make someday, I can tag the link with “Halloween” or “cupcakes” or both. Then when I search my own delicious account I just type in those tags to find what I’m looking for. Delicious is one of the best organizing tools I use!

    You can share your bookmarks with the world, certain networks, or keep them private. I keep my own bookmarks private, but The Daily Digi is now on delicious and we are sharing our bookmarks with everyone!

    You don’t need a delicious account if you want to look through our bookmarks. Just feel free to explore the content. It’s similar to using the “search” feature here on The Daily Digi site, except that you can use tags to narrow down the topics. You can even subscribe to a RSS feed for The Daily Digi’s bookmarks if you want to follow along as we add them. If you are interested in using delicious for your own personal bookmarking needs, it will also help you to browse through our account to get a feel for how it all works.

    Delicious is fun, easy, and it’s FREE! Here are a few tutorial links if you need any help getting started”

    Find The Daily Digi on delicious at http://delicious.com/thedailydigi

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    Are you listening?

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    In all my years of scrapbooking, I (Katie) never thought I would get scrapbooking inspiration simply from listening to others talk about it. When I first heard of “podcasts” my instant response was a “not interested”. Then along came Paperclipping Roundtable earlier this year (2010). I wasn’t even sure how to download or subscribe to a podcast so I listened to the show right on the website. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed listening and I found myself nodding along in agreement (or not) with the panelists. I was hooked, but I also was longing to hear more about the type of scrapbooking I love – digital scrapbooking.

    It was thrilling news when Steph told me that Paperclipping was going to add a digi show and she was going to be the host! I couldn’t believe that I got to be a guest on the very first episode of the Paperclipping Digi Show! It was new, scary, but also a ton of fun! I’ve enjoyed listening to the other episodes since then, and I am learning something new every time I listen. Really, I am. It turns out that even though I’ve been a digital scrapbooker for more than 5 years, there is a lot I still don’t know. More than that, I just love hearing others thoughts and opinions on topics I care so much about (digiscrapping, photography, creativity, and more). Something really cool happens after every show… I get inspired!

    Here’s HOW you can listen to the Paperclipping Digi Show:

    • All of the past episodes are here, with the most recent one on top. You can use the player to listen to the show right from the website, or you can download the show to listen to later. Also, if you want to see how to subscribe in iTunes, you can watch this video. I highly recommend subscribing in itunes if you can because then you will automatically get each new episode as it becomes available. All you have to do is sync your itunes to your iPod, iPhone, or iTouch. Or you can always listen right from itunes. Did I mention that the show is FREE?
    • Once you are ready to listen to the show just push the play button like you would for a song. You can listen to it all in one setting, or listen and pause as needed to fit your schedule. I like to listen in my car while I’m driving around because it makes my errands much more enjoyable. My kids (age 13 & 16) even find it interesting and they tell me that Izzy (the producer) is their favorite one on the show (even over me!) lol! 🙂 He makes me laugh so I guess I can forgive them for that. Sometimes I will listen to the show right on my computer while I scrap or unzip and put away files. I have heard that many listeners enjoy the podcast while exercising. The format is very portable and so easy to access!
    • As I listen, I always want to check links and ideas that are mentioned. Izzy includes links in the show notes that are great to check out. I also go back and listen to each show again (if I wasn’t by my computer the first time) and take a few notes so I can fully explore the information given.
    • YOU can also submit ideas and comments by responding in the comments field of each individual show. If you listen, you will hear that the mail segment comes from the listeners and that is what influences the discussion topics as well. I love that the show is all about what real digital scrapbookers want to hear about! It’s also interesting to just go read the comments after listening to a show because the listeners will often post even more helpful links and ideas.

    So try a FREE podcast episode and let us know what you think. I’m sure you will be both entertained and inspired!

    katie

    I Want To Scrap With A Pen and Tablet

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    I don’t know too many digital scrapbookers that don’t, at one time or another, want a pen tablet.  They are a lot of fun, but can also be frustrating to get the hang of. One of the things that I love about using my tablet, is how I can suddenly feel and maybe even look, like an artist when using the right programs (listen to the discussion in Paperclipping Digi #1).

    I did some digging and found some great resources for those of you that are wanting to learn how to use a tablet:

    For those of you that do not have tablets, you might be wondering if it’s necessary.  I know when I first started digital scrapbooking, I thought a tablet was a needed tool.  They are not necessarily needed.  A lot of digi scrappers that have wrist problems associated with mouse usage do prefer to use a pen and tablet for everything on their computer.  They do make it much easier to draw and use drawing type programs (vector programs as well as ArtRage).  So, I guess it depends on what you plan to do and how you want to do it, if a pen tablet is high on the priority list.  No matter what, they are a lot of FUN!

    P.S. Michelle was our random winner chosen from the comments left yesterday for Jennifer, Michelle said:  LOVED Jenn’s contribution this month. I think Growth Spurt would be a great kit right now-I think my kids must be part plant as the sunshine seems to be making them grow! Thanks for the coupon and chance to win! Check your inbox!