From digital to print and back


Now you can begin the process of recreating the scrapbook page as a digital file. Cut different elements from the page (images, text, and embellishments, for example), and place them on individual layers. In Photoshop CS4, you work with layers in the Layers panel (press F7 if this panel is not open on your screen); click the Create a New Layer tool in the lower right corner of the Layers panel to add a new layer to your image.

Now you can save the electronic version of your traditional page and tweak it—by enhancing photos, rotating and adding shadows to embellishments, changing the type, and more—and save it as a Photoshop file. This preserves the layers so that you can continue to work with the file later. Be sure also to save a copy of the completed page in both the application format and in PDF and JPEG formats so that you have backups handy for easy archiving.