Sooner or later most writers stub their proverbial toes on what can seem an overwhelming obstacle: the need for graphic design. Some writers blanch and take the easy way out by having someone else create their website banners, stationery and business cards. There’s nothing wrong with that approach, but writers don’t usually lack the creative ability to make these items for themselves . What they lack is technical know-how and time.
After I downloaded a free trial of Adobe Photoshop, I realized there would be quite a learning curve to effectively use it. My schedule is too crowded right now for that to be feasible. Also, the cheapest version of the software I could find cost several hundred dollars, more than I wanted to invest.
I jumped at the chance to review My Memories scrapbooking software, hoping it would bridge the technological gap and also produce acceptable graphics. While I received my copy of this software free for purposes of review, at this posting My Memories Suite costs just $39.97.
I found this software user-friendly, even dead-easy to use. But could scrapbooking software really produce the quality I needed? Judge for yourself. I designed banners for this website and for my Janalyn Voigt author site with this software. In addition, I made the following stationery headers:
My Memories Suite is not as powerful as Photoshop but works well for basic needs or for an introduction to graphic design. Trading Photoshop’s more advanced functions like sensing and moving content within a picture for a savings in time and money makes sense for me at the moment. If your goal is to self-publish, investing the time and money in Photoshop or another program with advanced abilities is your best bet, but if you only want to make simple and pleasing graphic designs, My Memories Suite might be for you.
My Memories Scrapbooking Software
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