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More Q+A :)

Here are a few more questions from Monday. Whew! :D

 From Tammy:

Q: I’m wondering about the best way to save my photos. CD, DVD? I use PSE4 and wonder if it is best to save the pics as a Photoshop file.


A: Burning to CD or DVD doesn’t really matter, although I did see a study done by the Library of  Congress about the longevity of data written to both CDs and DVDs. It’s long and complex, but basically sums up that CDs and DVDs, even in closed, light-fast, airtight storage, won’t last forever. Get the best quailty CDs and DVDs you can afford if you’re making permanent backups. Don’t write on your discs with a Sharpie, and don’t use sticker labels.

For the second question, the only reason you’d need to save an image as a Photoshop (.psd) file is if you had been working in it already, and needed the layers to stay intact. Otherwise, .jpg or RAW files are totally fine.

Next one from Faith:

Q: How do you print your 12x12 pages? 

A:  I have an Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Inkjet Printer. I print onto 12x12 matte photo paper and slip the pages into sheet protectors and into my albums alongside my paper pages. :)

Epson prints made with their pigment inks (the R1800, R2400) have an archival rating of 100-200 years in closed album storage. The prints are amazing.

Epson came out with a new printer in January, called the Epson Stylus 1400 Claria Photo Printer. It’s $150.00 cheaper than the R1800,  and uses 6 ink tanks instead of 8, and a dye-based ink system. These prints have been tested at around 100 years.

I recommend doing some research. If you’re really interested in archivability, pay a visit to Wilhelm Research. They are the standards body and independent researchers for testing the archivability of inkjet photo prints. Heavy stuff over there, but interesting.

All in all, though, I would gladly recommend either the Epson R1400 or the R1800 to any digital or hybrid scrapbooker who’d like large format prints. 

Also from Faith:

Q: How do you do screenshots where it captures what is on your screen during your work?

A: To capture your entire screen, hit the Print Screen button on your keyboard. Then open a new Photoshop document and paste the screen shot in (Print Screen copies to the clipboard). To capture only the active window, go to Ctrl+Print Screen.

From Elizabeth:

Q: I currently use PSE4 and have debated for a while on going up to PSE5 or switch to PSCS2. Which do you recommend?

A: This isn’t an easy question because it depends on a few things:

  • Your budget - PSCS2/3 is fairly expensive. MUCH more expensive than upgrading to PSE5
  • Your need for it - are you looking for masking? Text on a path? Better text capabilities in general? Better selection tools? More control over curves? More brush options? The ability to run actions “out of the box”? CS2/3 might be for you.
  • Your willingness to learn - CS2 is a MUCH more complicated program than PSE.

I use CS2 for my own scrapbook work. I use PSE 5 to write instructions and do screen shots, because I know that most scrapbookers use PSE 5,  and to be honest, PSE 5 does MOST of what any scrapbooker could want. For the extras I mentioned up above, as well as a few more, you just have to decide if it’s worth the price and the time to learn it.

One from Amy:

Q: in regards to your camera equipment. What do you all use?

A: I use a Nikon D50, which I purchased about a year ago with the 18-55 lens as a kit. You can see that here: Nikon D50 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor Lens. Nikon has since come out with a new model that has some improvements over the D50, which I would recommend even over the D50, and that is the D40: Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens.  I used the kit lens for a long time, and then I purchased a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras, and the quality of my photos - especially indoor photos - increased exponentially. The reason for this is that the kit lens, as you can see, has an aperture of 3.5 - 5.6, which means it doesn’t open as wide as the 1.8. The wider the aperture goes, the more light that can get in, and the more light you let in, the faster your shutter can take pictures, and the sharper those photos will be.

That is the quick and lay-term version of Why I Love My Lens. :P I recommend doing some research before you buy a new camera, since it’ll be your baby for a long time. But after you decide, I really recommend getting a 50mm fixed lens (this means it doesn’t have a zoom on it) for your indoor, lower-light situations. It will help a LOT. I pretty much keep that lens on my camera at all times.

I’ll try to finish these questions up as I get time. :D

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Welcome to Q+A Tuesday!