Digital scrapbooking is a great way to preserve your personal and family memories in a book with gorgeous backgrounds and designs. Digital scrapbooking software allows you to easily resize and add photos, create a scrapbook in minutes with scrapbooking kits and graphics, and share it to anyone via online. Here are some top-rated and popular digital scrapbooking software that scrapbookers will love to have.
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1. Adobe Photoshop Elements
If you are serious about digital scrapbooking, look no further than Adobe Photoshop Elements. Adobe Photoshop Elements is considered as the lite version of Adobe Photoshop CS. It is much cheaper than Photoshop CS ($99.99 vs $699.99), as Photoshop Elements is targeted for personal use. Although Photoshop Elements is less powerful than Photoshop CS, it has everything you need to make digital scrapbooks. You can easily edit and enhance your photos with its advanced photo editing tools, add any image file formats, create rich layered photos, and more.
Also, Photoshop Elements is not just a digital scrapbooking software, you can use it to create photo collages, photo slideshows, greeting cards, photo calendars, CD/DVD jackets, etc. However, it has a steep learning curve especially for beginners, but there are plenty of trainings and scrapbooking tutorials online that can help you to get started.
Of course, you can also get Adobe Photoshop CS, if you are a professional designer or you can afford to spend 700 bucks on it.
Price: $99.99, free 30-day trial with no limited features.
2. Corel PaintShop Pro
You can still do almost anything you want on your scrapbooks with Paintshop Pro, what really differs is the price. Are you on a tight budget and can’t afford to spend $20 extra on Photoshop Elements? If so, Paintshop Pro is the best substitute for Photoshop with lower price. Can’t decide? Try out both of them.
Price: $79.99 ($99.99 for ultimate edition), free 30-day trial with no limited features.
Easy-to-use & Time-saving
3. MyMemories Suite
Compare to Adobe Photoshop Elements and Corel Paintshop Pro, MyMemories Suite has less photo editing features, but it is much cheaper ($29.98 vs $99.99) and easier to use. In Photoshop Elements, you have full control and total freedom over the design and layouts, but it probably takes more time to make a scrapbook from scratch. In contrast, MyMemories Suite allows you to create digital scrapbook effortlessly using pre-designed templates or kits. There are tons of free and premium scrapbooking kits and templates at MyMemories.com. You can easily find a template or kit that suits your photos from its wide variety of themes.
Apart from adding text, backgrounds, and shapes, you can also add musics, videos, calendars, imprints, and embellishments using MyMemories Suite.
If you are looking for a cheaper digital scrapbooking software and planning to use it solely for scrapbooking purpose only, MyMemories Suite is the perfect solution for you.
Price: $29.98, free trial with limited features
Both MemoryMixer and MyMemories Suite are among the most mentioned digital scrapbooking software by bloggers and scrapbookers. This is because both of them are reasonably priced, powerful, yet easy-to-use. Apart from scrapbooking, you can also create board books, calendars, photo cards, and invitation cards with MemoryMixer. In MemoryMixer Store, there are lots of free and paid designs like embellishments, templates, and themes.
I would give MyMemories Suite a slight edge over MemoryMixer due to its lower price (Memory Mixer costs $10 more) and better website design. It is hard to navigate within MemoryMixer.com and there’s no filtering option in MemoryMixer Store. You can’t sort the designs according to price, which makes finding free designs harder.
GIMP is often compared to Photoshop due to its Photoshop-like capabilities. GIMP is an open-source software that is 100% free. It is extremely popular among hobbyists, amateur artists, and open source fans. There are plenty of free tutorials online that teach you how to make digital scrapbooks with GIMP. If you are looking for a free subtitute for Photoshop, GIMP is the right software for you.
CropMom is a free online scrapbook maker that allows you to create scrapbook pages easily with its free drag-and-drop scrapbooking application. You can add texts, add shadows, move images to the front or back, and add graphics. There are tons of free graphics within this web app. At the bottom right corner of the scrapbook maker, simply select either a kit or a category to find free backgrounds and embellishments. Drag and drop any graphics that you wish to insert into your scrapbook page. Also, CropMom has in-depth tutorials on scrapbooking and photography tips in its tutorial section.
Price: Free, requires registration to use online
Smilebox is not just a digital scrapbook maker, you can create slideshows, invitations, cards, collages, and photo albums using this free software. It requires download and installation, but the application works completely online. All of the design catalogues are downloaded instantly once you launch the application. It has free and premium designs for scrapbooks, slideshows, collages, etc. Simply pick a design that you like and personalize it. Add or edit photos, titles, embellishments, background, music, and layouts easily with this web application.
Here are some popular digital scrapbooking blogs that can help you to get started. You can also discover free scrapbooking kits and graphics in these blogs: