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ATWIGO
01-19-2010, 02:16 PM
Me again.... Here goes.....

I have watched the tutorials, I have saved my files, etc.... (of course having a hard time finding what I want) and now want to start pulling in a background paper to start scrapping.

Of course, I can't. Anytime I have tried to import a paper, there is nothing to get. I have downloaded a few free daily downloads and nothing seems to be correct. All I seem to get is a photo of the different papers available and not actual background paper.

I am so confused as how to go about getting anything from a file.

Do I need to go somewhere and get just background paper first?

I am using PSP.

Thanks for your help and I hope to be able to understand your suggestions.:wub1:

donakat
01-19-2010, 02:26 PM
Nancy,
After downloading, you need to unzip the file (I'm assuming you've done that), and that generally gives you all that's in the download. If it's a minikit, it should have both papers (files with an extension of .jpg, usually) and elements (usually files with extension .png). You should be able to see these files in the folder that results from the unzipping. Go to explore and see if you see those files.

To open and use the various files, open your application (PSE??) and ask it to open the files in the particular place you've kept them. Open a new blank file of the size your layout should be (8x8 or 12x12, 300dpi, transparent background). Then drag over the background paper(s) and elements and photos you've opened up.

Hope this helps!

ATWIGO
01-19-2010, 02:47 PM
I have unzipped and it made a second folder with no zipper on it. Now, do I still need that folder with the zipper on it or can that be deleted?

I am thinking I don't have any folders with paper in them besides the welcome kit. So I guess I will have to practice with that.

Now, I read somewhere that there is a way to put a photo of the kit on the outside of the folder so you can see what is inside. Cuz, I definitely can not figure out what is in each folder and know that is where I want to get something.

Thanks for the help. This is definitely too confusing for me. At least in the beginning. LOL

marshmella
01-19-2010, 02:57 PM
Here is a tip I use for my kits! Each kit I download I create a new folder and name that folder with the kit name and designer so I can properly credit each designer for my pages. If you would like an image on that folder, right click on the folder and select properties, and customize. From there you should be able to choose a photo to add to the front of your folder.

I hoped that helped! Keep asking questions!!! That is the best way to learn!!! Are you still having problems making a page?

altimasport
01-19-2010, 03:01 PM
Don't worry it will get better.. I just started and really didn't have a clue on how to do anything. With help and encouragement from a lot of people I have figured it out. If I can do it I know you can. I signed up for the beginners photshop class and it has been a lifesaver. I would also recommend doing some of the challenges for practice (once you get the hang of it) I was told that by a friend and thought I wouldn't be able to do it ,but I was. good luck and hang in there
Chris

ATWIGO
01-19-2010, 03:07 PM
Here is a tip I use for my kits! Each kit I download I create a new folder and name that folder with the kit name and designer so I can properly credit each designer for my pages. If you would like an image on that folder, right click on the folder and select properties, and customize. From there you should be able to choose a photo to add to the front of your folder.

I hoped that helped! Keep asking questions!!! That is the best way to learn!!! Are you still having problems making a page?

I have been trying to get a photo on the folder and all I get after I click on properties is summary and general or summary and sharing. No customize anywhere.

Not sure if I will get any of this, if I can't even figure out how to get a graphic. :wink:

britnkaysmemaw2
01-19-2010, 03:32 PM
Once you Right click on Properties, Customize will be one of the tabs at the top. Click on it and then go to Choose File. This will take you to a Browse option where you can choose the file folder with your Image you are wanting. Choose the file and Open, then Apply & Save, and your Image will automatically be there.

Hope this isn't as clear as mud, lol.

Good luck, and btw...NO question is a stupid question when you are learning. We all were new at one time, and most of us, me included, are still learning!

j_camargo6
01-19-2010, 03:32 PM
Nancy, I loved Michaela's tip, and will have to try that one out, but what I usually do, is select the preview graphic that is in the kit folder, and rename it "folder." That helps me see what's inside, because it shows that preview on the folder. Does that make any sense? I have 6 screaming banshees circling, and I'm not sure I can even think straight, LOL.

marshmella
01-19-2010, 03:56 PM
I have 6 screaming banshees circling, and I'm not sure I can even think straight, LOL.

LMOA!!!

Anyway, I started digi scrapping almost 3 years ago and I did not know at first that I should be crediting the designers, so needless to say months later I had to go back through and figure out where they came from and credit all my pages. LOL!!! Most kits you download are not named with the designer name, such as mine, I name then md_kitname. So that is the first thing I do when I download a kit.

Good luck with your banshees!!!!!! :twitcy:

agarzaldynrd
01-19-2010, 04:03 PM
Nancy, I think most of your questions have been answered and I just want to put in my 2 cents....
First, there are no embarrassing questions. About a year ago I had no clue how to make something even stay on a page!!!! I took my first class then and I am currently registered to take my 3rd class here next month.....so, ask away and take a class if you can.
Second, back-up your files. I keep all my stuff on an external hard drive and I bought a 2nd one because although the materials around here are not expensive, I have lots of stuff. I also don't want to lose my pics or layouts so I back-up from time to time and certainly not as often as I should.

Enjoy, this is so much fun!!!

SparkysGirl
01-19-2010, 05:01 PM
I agree with Anna ... no question is stupid! I have to say the folks here are just so nice and supportive ... I have only been digiscrapping since about April of last year (so not even a year yet). I remember when I first started, I did NOT have a clue! I had the hardest time understanding the layers in the Layers Palette. I still have tons to learn, and everytime someone asks a question here ... I learn from the answers (like Michaela's tip for saving the folder image - YAY! that will be so helpful!).

When you click FILE, and then OPEN to go grab a paper or an element, it might be best for now to set your FILE TYPE (located at the bottom of the pop up window) to ALL FORMATS. By doing that, you should be able to see all the files that are in your folder.

Good luck, and hang in there! You'll get it soon!

SparkysGirl
01-19-2010, 05:12 PM
And I forgot to add that I agree completely with Chris ... participating in the challenges is a great way to learn and practice new skills. Hope to see you posting in the gallery soon!

ATWIGO
01-19-2010, 05:20 PM
Think I might be getting there. So far, I think the only background paper I have must be in the welcome kit. That is what I am practicing with right now.

Still no luck with the folders and a photo on the front. I have no customize option.

Thanks for the help and encouragement.

j_camargo6
01-19-2010, 07:52 PM
Nancy, have you signed up for the yahoo group? If you do that you'll get a free mini kit that has several papers/backgrounds in it that you can play with.
Click on the "Yahoo Groups. Join Now" button up by the "Welcome (your name)" on the top right of the forum page.

SparkysGirl
01-19-2010, 08:21 PM
Here is a tip I use for my kits! Each kit I download I create a new folder and name that folder with the kit name and designer so I can properly credit each designer for my pages. If you would like an image on that folder, right click on the folder and select properties, and customize. From there you should be able to choose a photo to add to the front of your folder.

I hoped that helped! Keep asking questions!!! That is the best way to learn!!! Are you still having problems making a page?

A couple of things on Michaela's tip:
(1) In order to "see" the picture on the folder, you have to have a "VIEW" of the folders that will allow you to see it. For instance, if you have the VIEW set to "Details", you won't see the picture. If you have the VIEW set to something like LARGE ICONS, the folders will display with the picture.
(2) Depending on your operating system, the folder will behave slightly differently as far as how the picture displays. WINDOWS7 displays with a folder that looks like it is half open, and open just enough to see the picture you set to display. XP actually shows the flat folder, like it would appear if it were laying on a desk, with the picture on the very front (I actually like this better, but I'm running WINDOWS7 on the PC I use to digiscrap).
(3) To set this up, you right-click the folder that has your kit in it and select PROPERTIES from the menu that displays - my PROPERTIES is the last menu item in the list. A pop up window will display, and it will have several tabs across the top. Select the last tab, labeled, CUSTOMIZE. About halfway down that tab there is square labled FOLDER PICTURES ... click the CHOOSE FILE button and navigate to the folder that typically comes with the kit and select it and click the APPLY button at the bottom of the pop up window ... and you're done!

** Now, as long as you have your folders set to view as something like "LARGE ICONS" they will display with the selected picture on them.

I'll probably tackle this as I use a kit. It would be too much right now to try to get caught up. I was about to type that I have too many kits ... but we all know we NEVER have too many kits! LOL!

Thanks for the tip, Michaela! It'll help when I'm hunting for something specific rather than relying on my memory.

ATWIGO
01-19-2010, 09:22 PM
I DID IT! LOL

I made my first page. Took me forever and had a hard time with text for some reason. Hopefully, number 2 page will go quicker.

Not too clear on how to give credit to the designers when you post, so for now, I will just have to keep it to myself. I can't even tell you who the designer is because I don't know what the letters stand for. Obviously, does not spell out anything. I mostly used the welcome kit I received plus a few other graphics from someone else.

As for the folder situation, I still do not have the "customize" tab popping up. Only two tabs that read "general" and "summary". So, I don't know what to do about that.

Thank you all for the help. It really is overwhelming at first and you all are so helpful.

Happy scrapping!:wink:

michellemomof3
01-20-2010, 04:00 AM
That is soooo awesome, thanks for the tip!! I actually have a folder for kits & a folder for the previews & now I can combine them.



Here is a tip I use for my kits! Each kit I download I create a new folder and name that folder with the kit name and designer so I can properly credit each designer for my pages. If you would like an image on that folder, right click on the folder and select properties, and customize. From there you should be able to choose a photo to add to the front of your folder.

I hoped that helped! Keep asking questions!!! That is the best way to learn!!! Are you still having problems making a page?

mosser77
01-20-2010, 04:03 AM
I DID IT! LOL

I made my first page. Took me forever and had a hard time with text for some reason. Hopefully, number 2 page will go quicker.

Not too clear on how to give credit to the designers when you post, so for now, I will just have to keep it to myself. I can't even tell you who the designer is because I don't know what the letters stand for. Obviously, does not spell out anything. I mostly used the welcome kit I received plus a few other graphics from someone else.

As for the folder situation, I still do not have the "customize" tab popping up. Only two tabs that read "general" and "summary". So, I don't know what to do about that.

Thank you all for the help. It really is overwhelming at first and you all are so helpful.

Happy scrapping!:wink:

Congrats on completing your first page! When you use a collab kit (like the welcome kit) where several designers contribute, you can just note the name of the kit you used. Don't feel like you have to list out every element/paper you used and attribute it to someone...just the kit name is fine :)

HollyS
01-20-2010, 06:49 AM
Way to hang in there and keep at it! Congrats!

I tend to just open up digi scrap supplies from within my scrapping software (ie. PSP or Photoshop Elements) using File > Open inside the software and browsing. That way you don't have to do the whole customize thing to have your operating system know what software to launch if you double-click an item. I also can just have my digiscrapping software open and drag .jpg or .png, etc onto my digiscrapping software window.

marshmella
01-20-2010, 07:15 AM
YAY!!! Congrats on your first page! :roses: When you upload your page to an online gallery there is an option for a description or photo details. That is were you would credit the designer.

You can always come back and we can help you upload too!!!

Digi scrapping does get easier! There is always something to learn. After 3 years I am still learning! But I love it and I am more addicted than ever!!

MamaSchwich
01-21-2010, 07:55 AM
Nancy, I was frustrated, too, but then I remembered that this WAS possible in earlier Windows versions. If you are running 7 (me, too), then you won't be able to do it. This is one thing I've seen others griping about with 7. All told, though, I like 7 enough to be happy that I switched (plus my computer is screaming fast now, so who can complain? ;-) ). You can make a new folder inside each kit folder, then leave out just the preview (put everything else inside the folder). When you go back up a level, and choose to view with medium, large, or extra large icons, you will see most of your preview page, probably at least enough to jog your memory...
Good luck, and hang in there! I started this in December, and every day I am amazed at how much more I know already. It IS a steep learning curve, but we can climb it!