The first thing you need (besides a computer! 🙂 ) in digital scrapbooking is a program. There are lots of good programs out there and they all have their pros and cons. There are programs with a minimal learning curve that are basically layout programs. They are fine, and you can do a lot of neat pages with them. I used a layout program when I first got started. It was called “Fotofusion” by Lumapix. I only had the very basic of their programs especially made for scrapbookers. They no longer offer the basic program, but if you are interested in checking out what they do have, you can find them here: http://site.lumapix.com/download-fotofusion
My Memories Suite is another program that has been geared specifically to the digital scrapbooker. http://www.mymemories.com/digital_scrapbooking_software
It is a very easy to learn program that actually will surprise you at all you can do with it. I feel that it is a great product for the price, and You can even use the coupon code posted here and get $10 off your purchase!! (I just love great deals!!)
Another one on these same lines, that has a free trial for you to try out, is Craft Artist by Serif. http://www.serif.com/digital-scrapbooking/
The next step up from these layout programs is to move up to a Photo Editing program. These each bring with them a bigger learning curve than the the basic layout programs, but if you are willing to take a little extra time, I think they are very much worth it. There is just so much more you can do.
In this area, there are 4 basic programs. Corel Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and Serif Photo Plus. Of course the “Grand Daddy” of them all is Photoshop. But the truth is, unless you are going to get into designing and lots of photo editing, it is really way more program that you would ever need. Corel’s PSP or Photoshop’s PSE or Serif’s PP, will allow you to do everything you will probably ever want to do.
Adobe, 30 days from Install, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
These both offer you a free 30 day full version trial. No strings attached.
Free Photo Editing Software from Serif
This is a free abbreviated version, but there is no time limit for it’s use.
Here are a couple free programs that some have said is right up there with the best of these…
I would highly recommend that you try out the trial versions before committing to purchasing any program. On the photo editing, that means to download and use the program for the 30 day trial period. Don’t download more than one program at time. Immerse yourself in that program and go from there.