What is Digital Paper

What Is Digital Paper?

Usually found in sizes 12 x 12 inches or 8.5 x 11 inches, digital paper is a type of electronic artwork file that comes in jpeg or png format. They have various patterns, just like traditional scrapbook paper. They can be used digitally to make digital scrapbooks or printed out on paper, whichever your heart desires.

What Are Digital Papers Used For?

Owing to the countless possible patterns the digital papers can have, you can let your imagination run wild when it comes to using them.

You can choose to make digital scrapbooks on your computer by downloading (for free or by purchasing) the digital papers from websites like Canva or Especially Paper and editing your scrapbook on MS Word or Adobe Photoshop, but that is not all you’re limited to.

Digital papers are great for craft projects like making labels, business cards, origami paper, DIY envelopes, cards for greetings/birthdays/holiday/special occasions, invitations, decorations, etc. They’re also popular for customizing personalized cases and pop sockets. Another use they have when it comes to technology is creating customized digital wallpaper for your phones, laptops, ipads, and desktop computers.

How To Make Digital Papers

You can find many online stores with a quick Google search that sell lots of different designs and patterns of digital papers. All you need to do is buy ones that suit your taste to be able to download them. A ton of websites also offer free templates.

If you prefer to make some of your own, don’t worry; we’ve got your back! Canva is great for beginners looking for an easy and free way to create digital papers. Simply follow the steps below.

  1. Sign into your Canva account or register for an account if you don’t have one.
  2. Select the paper size from the “Custome size” command under “Create a design”. Digital papers usually come in a size of 12 x 12 inches or 1500 x 1500 pixels.
  3. Now, you can use the photos and elements offered by Canva to create your own designs. First, search for templates by typing keywords in the “search templates” bar, such as flower or rainbows.
  4. Select the picture that suits your aesthetic from the search results and stretch it out to fit into the paper. Create as many designs as you wish.
  5. To download the papers, click on “Download.” Then, select the file format (jpg, pdf, png, etc.) from “File type” and the pages you would like to download from “Select pages.”

How To Use Digital Paper In Crafting

As we have mentioned previously, digital papers are great for crafting projects such as making cards, labels, or decorations! You can edit whatever designs, images, and writing onto the paper through a computer via software like Adobe Photoshop, or you can only print out the paper and then add the rest by hand. Whichever method you choose to follow, we have some useful tips on how you can complete your task.

How To Buy And Download Digital Paper

Online shopping is not limited to only shoes and clothes; you can find plenty of stores that digital papers. With digital scrapbooking gaining more and more popularity, many online scrapbooking stores sell various kinds of digital papers as part of a set of digital scrapbooking kits or digital paper kits. Online sellers specializing in papercraft supplies usually also offer digital papers. Other than these, you should be able to find digital papers on sites that deal with digital products and magazines; often, these sites offer sets of digital papers for free.

Once you have paid for the digital papers, you will receive them immediately in an email, or they will become available for download. Unfortunately, the kits often come with many things along with the papers. If you find the extra items to be not useful, simply delete them after downloading the kit.

How To Print Your Digital Paper

Printing digital papers is no different from printing any other document. You can complete the task at home if you own a personal printer or at any local internet café or copy shop. However, since they usually have colorful designs and patterns, you will need a color printer for the job. As for the inks, the quality may have an impact on the results, but a lot of the time low-cost economy inks end up producing as crisp images as high-quality ink sets. In addition, white paper and card stock deliver vibrant papers with amazing color contrast for the media.

Although digital papers usually come in a size of 12 x 12 inches, you can print them on 8.5 x 11 inches paper by shrinking the image to fit the paper or print a portion of the image by leaving it at full size.

Another important aspect of printing your digital papers is to make sure that the images have a good dpi. Dpi stands for dots per inch which refers to the number of ink dots a printer places per inch of the paper and is a measurement of the picture resolution. For digital papers, you will discover that all online sites offer them at 300 dpi, which is the best if you want your printing results to come out without any pixilation.

Tips For Using Digital Paper

  • As you will be downloading the digital papers from the internet, make sure to check that the website is a reputable one and always use a virus checker to protect your computer from any potential threats.
  • Store the digital papers in labelled folders to ease the task of finding them whenever you need to.
  • Use suitable softwares such as Adobe Photoshop to make any edits and to crop the designs so that you can keep printing costs low by printing only what you require.
  • Stock up on some high-quality paper if you plan to print the digital papers and use them to make birthday cards, decorations, etc. The low-quality paper will not do justice to vibrant colors of the designs and patterns on the digital papers, making your paper crafts look cheap as a result.

What Is Digital Scrapbook Paper

Just as you would layer papers of different designs and textures and add embellishments to create a scrapbook, you can do the same on your computer to create a digital scrapbook. The papers used for this are called digital scrapbook paper. They come in lots of colors and patterns, sometimes containing images, and are easily available on various online websites for free or for purchase. Digital papers are also used for the job as both types of papers are similar in their purpose and structure.

How To Use Digital Scrapbook Paper

The process of buying and downloading digital scrapbook papers is the same as that for digital papers, and a lot of the times, you can just use digital papers instead.

To create unique pages for your digital scrapbook, you should use softwares like Adobe Photoshop, ArcSoft Scrapbook, Collage Creator, or Microsoft Digital Image Pro.

Like using glue to add decorations on a traditional scrapbook, you can combine images with special digital graphics and add beautiful embellishments on the background paper (the digital scrapbook paper you have selected). In addition, you can follow a specific color scheme or theme so that your scraps form a cohesive layout, like the pieces of a puzzle.

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