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Digital Scrapbooking Dictionary

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Why do I need a Digital Scrapbooking Dictionary?

There are a lot of words that go with the hobby of digital scrapbooking and we wanted to give you the digital scrapbooking dictionary in case you ran across one of these words or acronyms that you were not familiar with!

Digitial Scrapbook Dictionary

Common Digital Scrapbooking Lingo and Terms

.Page – Creative Memories Storybook Creator software use the .page format.

Actions – A feature within Photoshop that allows a user to perform a recorded procedure on their images.  Actions are saved as ATN files.

Alphas – Graphic alphabet letters that help you create wordart, titles and decorate journaling on your digital scrapbook layout.  When you purchase an alpha they will come either as one file that you must extract a letter from or each letter will be its own individual file.

Artist Trading Cards – Are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets

ATN – See Actions

ATC – See Artist Trading Card

Blinkie – A small animated graphic for use in your signature.

Brag Book – a compact photo album created for the purpose of showing off pictures, esp. of one’s children

Brush – Using the Brush Tool within your graphics software,  you can paint the current foreground color on an image with a set shape.

Challenge – A challenge is a way for you to think outside of the box to create a layout.  The challenge host will give you set guidelines, based on a theme, and you create a layout based on those guidelines and theme.  This is not a contest and prizes typically are not given out, however the host can choose to give out participation gifts to those who create a layout based on the guidelines.

Chat – A text or video based get together.  These are typically held in a chat room and allow a group of people a way to communicate instantly with each other.

Cluster Frame – This is a group of several different elements so that each overlaps and compliments the other to frame a photo or journaling area.

Collaboration – When two or more designers get together to create a finished product, each adding their own creations to the final project.

Commercial Use – Digital Scrapbook products that state they are for commercial use.  You can purchase these items and edit them to include in your own digital scrapbook product to be given away or sold.  Please always read the description of the commercial use product as it will outline what can or can not be done with the product.

Community – See Forum

Contest – An event in which people compete to win prizes.

Creative Team – a group of digital or hybrid scrappers who create layouts for a designer to help promote their digital scrapbooking products.

Credits – When you create a layout and post it online, many designers request that you also include a blurb on who created the products you used.

Crop – See Chat

Cropping – To cut, clip or trim a digital file within your graphics software.

CS – Adobe Photoshop CS

CT – See Creative Team

CU – See Commercial Use

Daily Download – Gotta Pixel has an incredible Daily Download program that everyone can participate with!   Every 10 days we offer a free Page Kit created by the current Designer Spotlight.  Each day, you are invited to visit the designer’s store and pick up that days portion of the Daily Download.  The portion is available for 24 hours (from midnight to midnight ET).

Designer – These are the talented artists who create the digital scrapbook products.  You can find a current list of Gotta Pixel designers here or in the store.

Designer Spotlight – Here at Gotta Pixel, we celebrate our designers and love to showcase their talent.  Every 10 days we will feature a new designer.  During their time their stores will be on sale, they will offer a free Daily Download and we will feature a product from their store in our newsletter and on our Facebook Fan Page.

Digi – Digital

DPI – Dots Per Inch – set at 300 DPI for the best results in printing.  The industry standard for digital scrapbooking products is 300dpi.  When you create your digital scrapbooking layouts, it is suggested to create them as 300dpi and save them as a .psd before resizing and resaving as a .jpg.

Drop Shadows – a drop shadow is a visual effect consisting of drawing that looks like the shadow of an object, giving the impression that the object is raised above the objects behind it.

DS – See Designer Spotlight

EHD – External Hard Drive

Element – an digital scrapbook product like buttons, ribbons, paperclips, journaling tag, frames, etc.

Embellishment – See Element

Emboss – To decorate with or as if with a raised design

Extract – This is done within your graphics software and is the process of removing a background from a digital image.

FAQ – A list of frequently asked questions and their answers about a given subject.

FB – Facebook

Forum – is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.

Freebies – These are free digital scrapbook products that you can download.  Our designers will offer them from time to time either here on Gotta Pixel, their personal blog or a Facebook Fan Page.  Our Daily Download is a freebie!

Gallery – This is where you can upload your layouts to share with the digital scrapbooking community.  You can find a tutorial on how to upload to our gallery here.

GGI – See Gotta Grab It

Gotta Grab It – The second weekend of the month, we have an exclusive Gotta Pixel event that brings you a wide array of products all using the same color swatch and for $1 per pack.

GP – Gotta Pixel

Hybrid – This is when you combine traditional paper scrapbooking with digital scrapbooking.

Journaling – A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections that is included on a digital scrapbook layout.

jpg or jpeg – A file format that most layouts are saved to before uploading to the Gotta Pixel gallery.  It is a commonly used method of lossy compression for digital photography (image). The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality. JPEG typically achieves 10:1 compression with little perceptible loss in image quality.

Kits – See Page Kit

Layers – Photoshop layers are like sheets of stacked acetate. You can see through transparent areas of a layer to the layers below. You move a layer to position the content on the layer, like sliding a sheet of acetate in a stack. You can also change the opacity of a layer to make content partially transparent.

Layout – A finished digital scrapbook page.

Layout of the Day – Each day our team picks a layout that has been uploaded and features it as the Layout of the Day.  The layout is showcased both in our newsletter  as well as our Facebook Fan Page.

LO – See Layout

LOTD – See Layout of the Day

NSBR – Not Scrapbook Related

Page Kit – This is a digital scrapbooking product.  It will contain matching digital paper and elements that you can use within your graphics program to create a digital scrapbook layout.

Personal Use – If a product is labeled as PU or Personal use, you can only use them for your own personal use.  You can not be paid to create layouts using those layouts nor can you create new products out of that product that you plan to resell.

Photobook – A photobook is a book whose primary content is photographic. It does not have to contain text.  Many digital scrapbookers create photobooks with their finished layouts.

PNG – is a Raster graphics file format that supports lossless data compression.  Many digital scrapbook elements and templates are saved as .png as they retain the transparency areas that are needed for these items.

PSCS – Adobe Photoshop CS

PSD – This is a Photoshop data file.  PSD’s retain all the layers that were originally created by the designer.  Many templates are offered as .psd format.

PSE – Adobe Photoshop Elements

PSP – Corel Paint Shop Pro

PU – See Personal Use

QP – See Quick Page

Quickpage – This is a already made digital scrapbook layout that is saved in a flattened .png format.  It will contain transparent areas for you to add your photos to.

RAK – Random Act of Kindness

S4H – See Scrap for Hire

SBR – Scrapbook Related

Scrap for Hire – This means that you can use the digital scrapbook product to create layouts for others at a price.

Scraplift – this is where you use someone finished layout to create one personalized for you by either copying the block or modifying it in different ways.  It is perfectly allowed within the digital scrapbooking community, however, it is considered good form to credit the original layout creator.

Sketch – This is a flat guide for digital scrapbook layouts.

Styles – Photoshop provides a variety of effects—such as shadows, glows, and bevels—that change the appearance of a layer’s contents.

Template – This is a layered guide for digital scrapbook layouts.  You can use each layer to place paper and elements.

Terms of Use – This is a document that outlines how you, the purchaser, can use the product.  You can find a link to the designer’s current terms of use here.  You can also find it on the front page top of their Gotta Pixel Store.

TIFF – (originally standing for Tagged Image File Format) is a file format for storing images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry,and both amateur and professional photographers in general.

TOU –  See Terms of use

Two Page Layout – A digital scrapbook layout that spans over two pages instead of one.

Unzip – This is the process of decompressing a zip file.  You will need a program like 7-Zip or WinZip to decompress the file.

Word Art – A clustering of words and sometimes images to create a group of words to use on your digital scrapbook layout.

Zip File – A zip file may contain one or more files or folders that may have been compressed.

Some source information from Wikipedia

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