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This page contains articles about fun ways to take and finish digital photos. We cover topics from the basic photo developing to the most unique digital photo gifts you can create at home with your digital photo printer.

7 Tips for Shooting Great Digital Photos

Do you have trouble shooting good digital photos? Perhaps you've been taking digital photos for some time, but never really got the beautiful shots you wanted. More »

Bookmarks As Unique As You

Racks and racks of bookmarks ranging from funny to inspirational are available in most bookstores. But for a truly unique bookmark, make your own from a treasured digital photo. More »

Buying a Digital Camera

In the following guide, you will find the information you need to know in order to select the right digital camera. More »

Christmas Tree Garland

An easy, step-by-step Christmas crafts project for kids and adults

As this year's Thanksgiving came to a close, I began reminiscing about Christmas during my childhood. One of those memories took me back to the times when my family made garlands as Christmas tree ornaments. These were simple garlands, made mostly from colored paper circles. Today, access to inexpensive digital photo processing makes it possible to create very unique photo garlands. More »

Collage Composition

Try this as a fun family project—collect your favorite digital photos from your most recent vacation or family gathering and create a photo collage. You can print your composition on 8.5x11" photo paper to put into an album, or have it developed into an over-sized poster. More »

Coloring Pages From Your Digital Photos

Add a little more fun to your kids' coloring pages—create your own from digital photos. Imagine printing out a set of coloring pages from a recent visit to grandma or that memorable family vacation. It is easier than you might think. More »

Create a Photo Recipe Card

People who enjoy cooking also like to share their recipes with others. Create a unique recipe card with your favorite chef's photo and give it as a gift. In this article I will show you the basic tools and steps required for this fun project. More »

Create Custom Postcards

Everyone loves receiving postcards, especially those with you on it. In this article I will show you two easy ways that you can turn a memorable digital photos into custom postcards. More »

Cropping Digital Photos Into Shape

Did you know that in many cases digital photos are cropped by the time they reach paper? If you have never "cropped" your photos manually, you may not be aware that it is happening. More »

Digital Photo Printing at Home

Digital photo printing at home has a special appeal to many for the simple reason of being able to walk up to the computer and have a photo in hand within minutes. More »

Editing Photos with Layers

A beginner's guide to understanding layers in Adobe Photoshop Elements
As one becomes comfortable with digital photography, the next natural step is to edit the photo in order to repair or enhance it. In this article I explain what the layers feature is, familiarize you with its basic operation, and walk you through a few simple examples. More »

Emergency Information Card

Creating a photo emergency information card with life-saving details
Recent events brought our attention to the need of having essential information on our persons in case of an emergency. One way to accomplish this is to create an emergency information card with a digital photo of the person, to be carried in the wallet. More »

Family Photo Alphabet Flash Cards

Alphabet flash cards are a fun way for preschoolers to learn letters and basic words. Imagine how much more fun they will have learning from flash cards with pictures of family members and familiar items. Got digital photos? Here are the steps to turn them into alphabet flash cards. More »

Filmstrip Frame Collage

A popular collage frame is the filmstrip. With the right tools, composing photos into a filmstrip collage is easier than you might think. In this article I explain in detail how to make a collage of pictures into a filmstrip … More »

How Many Megapixels Do We Need?

Are you having megapixel envy each time you walk by the camera section of your favorite electronics store? So do I. But, do we really need more and more pixels? The answer depends on what we intend to do with the images. More »

How to prepare photos for emailing

This very simple easy to read article will have you mastering the concepts of sending images over the internet in no time! More »

Kids in Space

Step-by-step instructions on how to add a kid's face to a space scene

When I was a kid, one of my dreams was to become an astronaut. There was no Space Camp for kids at that time; my parents encouraged me by guiding my studies towards topics important to space travel.

With digital photography, you have another way to encourage your kids—by putting them into space photos. More »

Leaf & Insect Collection

Collecting science project specimen with a digital camera
Have you seen this sign posted at some parks and beaches: "Take only pictures, leave only footprints"? With camera in hand, your child can enjoy protected natural resources and gather specimen photos for leaf and insect collections. More »

Making 3D Digital Photos

Would you like to have some unique fun with your digital camera? Take 3D digital photos and wow your friends. I will walk you through the process of making 3D images, also called stereoptic images, with nothing more than your digital camera and your favorite digital photo editing software. More »

Multiple Photos on One Print

Combining multiple photos on a single print is easy to do with most digital photo editing software packages. In this article I provide general steps that you can follow with any software, specific steps for Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 - 2.0, and a free template offer at the end. More »

Online Digital Photo Developing

Developing your digital photos online is convenient because you don't have to leave your home or office to put your photos on paper. You upload your images and receive photo-quality pictures in the mail. More »

Organizing Digital Photos

Digital photos don't stay in the camera long; they make your computer's hard drive their permanent home. A good organization method for storing your images will make it easy to retrieve them in the future. More »

Photo Book: The Making of a Memorable Gift

My parents' simultaneous retirement was approaching and my sister was planning a party. Soon after their retirement, my parents were leaving on an extended overseas trip and my sister wanted us kids to give them a special gift. More »

Photo Cutouts for Scrapbook Layout

A staple of the scrapbooker's toolbox is the cutout. Now you can add unique flavor to the page layout with custom cutouts created from your own digital photo. More »

Photographing Kids

Kids grow up so quickly and while we are often left with countless memories, most parents have only a drawer packed with school photos, blurry holiday snaps and the forced grin of the inevitable yearly birthday picture to account for the years gone by. Itís time to stop bemoaning the latest photograph of your thumb obscuring your adorable baby and get on with improving your skills as a photographer. More »

Putting Words Into Their Mouth

Adding text balloons to digital photos & creating scrapbook cutouts
Putting words into someone's mouth is a deplorable habit, unless, of course, you are scrapbooking. Go ahead, embellish those photos with your witty comments. More »

Selecting Objects with the Magic Wand

A beginner's guide to selecting objects in photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements
Have you ever wanted to take a person from one digital photo and put them into another? Or wanted to remove the background to create a cutout of a person or other object? More »

Sharing Photos with Free Web Albums

Ever since I started taking digital photos, my need for developing or printing photos has diminished greatly. Friends and family see my photos over the Internet in my web album. In this article I will give you the basics to start your own. More »

Should You Print or Develop?

After buying a digital camera, the next question is how to put the digital photos into someone's hands. The easiest answer seems to be the purchase of a color printer so photos can be printed at home instantly, at the whim of the photographer. More »

Valentine's Day Photo Card

Step-by-step instructions on how to create your own photo Valentine's Day card

If you are like me, you probably spend way too much time agonizing at the greeting card racks, trying to find the best Valentine's Day card for your sweetheart. This year, put that time toward making something really special—a photo Valentine's Day card. More »

Widescreen Photos

At the movies I enjoy watching previews almost as much as the main feature. Have you noticed one of the filmmaking techniques used to capture our attention? It is the super close-up. These over-sized images incite within us a desire to learn the reason for the hero's agonizing expression. This same technique can bring attention to a scrapbook layout or web page. More »