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Learning how to crop photos is one of the first steps that should be considered in regards to scrapbooking for beginners. This tutorial will provide you with the basics on how to crop photos, along with tips on how to crop photos creatively for extra eye appeal.
Learn when cropping is necessary and the best way to go about it.
Unless you have exceptional photography skills, chances are that you have a lot of “good” pictures. You’re happy with the main subject of a picture, but you’re disappointed that it’s off center or that the neighbor’s dog has decided to sneak into the picture. That’s where cropping comes in handy. You can trim a picture to the shape and size you want, containing whatever part of the original photo that you want.
When cropping a photo, if you’re choosing a rectangular or square shape, use a paper cutter. You’ll get a smooth cut and not the little ridges that you might end up with if using scissors. Avoid using decorative scissors. Scallops or zigzags can distract from the focal point. There are several cutting tools on the market, but as you begin scrapbooking, start with scissors and a paper cutter.
Before doing any cropping, decide whether or not you want to get a reprint of the photo first. If you’re putting together a scrapbook of old photos you might want to invest in reprints if other family members want the originals.
Rather than having a scrapbook page with four photos all of the size, crop three of the photos into the same size squares and trim a little off of the fourth photo, leaving it rectangular size. As you design the page, you can run the square photos horizontally or vertically and use the large photo on the opposite end of the page. The viewer will first be drawn to the large photo and then to the three smaller ones.
Experiment cropping with different shapes. For the most part, you’ll want to stick with the basic oval, rectangular and square shapes. However, sometimes for special effects, you’ll want to cut a photo into a particular shape. For example, if you’re putting together a layout of a trip to Marine Land and have lots of photos of fish swimming around, cut three of the photos into the shape of fish. Use an ocean patterned background for the photos.
With basic cropping and a few embellishments, you can get super creative with displaying your photos.
Here are two simple tips that will make your scrapbooks ooze with creativity!
In this scrapbook tutorial for beginners, we’ve provided you with basic steps on how to crop photos. Remember that the main purpose for cropping photos is to enhance the overall look of your scrapbook pages. Whether it’s to remove the extras from a picture, to center the main focal point of a photo, or to draw special emphasis to your photos, let cropping help you create beautifully designed scrapbook pages.
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