You have spent hours browsing through the gallery for inspiration! You have purchased your very first kit, and have now opened Photoshop Elements (PSE) to create your very first digital scrapbook page. You are staring at the screen, but now what do you do?

For the next few days, I will be here covering the Ultimate Basics of how to create your very first digital scrapbook page. Once you understand these few simple concepts, I encourage you to take the time to view the other tutorials on theStudio’s blog for more advanced tips and techniques.

Today I will be covering how to create a blank document.  For this demonstration I am using Photoshop Elements 10, but the concept is the same for all PSE versions.

1.  Open your version of Photoshop Elements.

2. In the Menu Bar at the very top of the screen, click on File.  A drop-down menu will open. Click on New.

3. Once you click on New, a fly-out menu will be visible.  Click on Blank File.  This will open a Dialog Box that looks like this:

4. This is where you will name and choose the size of your blank document.  So, go ahead. Give your layout a name, and type it in the “Name” box.

5. Choose your document size.   For today, let’s change “pixels” to “inches.”  Just click on the arrow to the right of “pixels” to see the drop-down menu. Click on “inches.”  Notice that both the Width and Height are changed to inches simultaneously.  Let’s make this document 12 ” x 12.”  Simply highlight the number that is present in the Width Option and change it to 12. Do the same for the Height.

6.  We want a resolution of 300 pixels/inch.  Highlight whatever number might be in the Resolution box, and type in 300.

7. And finally, we want to work on a transparent background. So click on the arrow in the Background Contents box and change the option to Transparent.

Now your dialogue box should look like this:

Click Okay, and a Blank Document will appear on your screen.  This will be the foundation for your scrapbook page.

Tomorrow we will look at how to bring photos and design elements into the program and get them onto your page. See you then!