FAQ & Site Info
AboutI'm an artist and an ex-entertainer
I create and sell digital art and kits for scrappers .
My Website: http://digiscrapcafe.com
My personal website: http://sojournstar.com
My Fine Art Gallery: http://digitalartcafe.co.nr
I have been in and out of the music industry for over 40 years. Beginning as an entertainer, I have done everything from production and promotion, to booking and management. While living in Los Angeles for many years, I worked within the field of music, film and tv. I also dealt in vintage and collectibles, as well as owned a designer resale and vintage boutique where I sold and rented high end clothing and costumes to the studios for movies and tv. I also manufactured my own small clothing line from upstairs in that store.
Now I spend most of my time creating art, and building and maintaining websites. Come join me at the Digi Scrap Cafe, you are welcome to promote and sell your digital art there and have some fun with challenges, freebies, and more.
Please note, I am also a reseller for a number of designers, including, but not limited to MarloDee Designs, Koh Scraps, Designs by Lou, to see a full list of my licenses and resellers, please visit
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MY FILE INFO
Please Note: My elements, papers and templates are made with Pixlr or Gimp, so that anyone could use them, and can be used with any graphics software that supports JPEG and PNG files. Layers are in PXD format. In newer kits you will find all the PNG or JPG files as well, but in case you only find the PXD file, use Pixlr.com to open it. Just upload the PXD file to the online editor. You may then save the image files as png files if need be.
This piece of online software is great when it comes to creating, manipluating, and editing photos and images. If has a format that is similar to Photoshop and allows for layer and layer styles. It also has several functions like filters and brushes, so one can manipulate images. Here is a list of Pro's for Pixlr
Online Editing -
No Huge Software Installation
Layer & Layer Styles
Filters & Brushes
File Formats: JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, PXD (Native file format which saves layers & styles) Another great thing about this program is that if you create a free account, you can save your files and publish them on Facebook, Flickr, or Picasa. You can also save your craetions in their online library, which saves your hard drive from huge layered image files.
Use our Online Pixlr Editor and consider joining our Arts Society too! HERE
Another grate online alternative to Photoshop is Sumo Paint. Just like Pixlr, Sumo Paint has an interface that resembles Photoshop. One of the add benefits is that they created a link for people to go full screen, so if you have a window open just for Sumo Paint, it will give a enviroment like standalone software. Here are a few of reasons to try Sumo Paint:
Free online version
Free Account, with limited features
Layers & Layer Styles
Filters & Brushes
File Formats: JPG, PNG, SUMO (Native file format which saves layers and styles) Alternatively, you can pay for Sumo Paint for about $25 and have a standalone version that installs on your computer. This also gives you the ability to unlock more features that give you very similar features to Photoshop it self.
Use our Online Sumo Editor HERE and consider joining our Fashion Art site
This is king of Photoshop alternatives. Unlike the two previous Photoshop alternatives, Gimp is software that does not have an online version, but it is still free to use. It falls into the category of Open Source, so there is a wide community of people taht use it on systems like Linux, or just don't want to pay over $500 for a program. Want o know why Gimp is good alternative to Photoshop?
Addons from Open Source Community that give more functionality
Ability to write your own scripts and create addons
Can create your own brushes & patterns
Has same fonts as your computer since it's installed on your computer
Can open PSD files, but may have some layer styling issues
File Formats: JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, GIMP (Native file format which saves layers & styles)
The great thing about this program is that there is a large community of users, so one can find online documentation relatively easy. Also, people have written books on GIMP that you can find at your local Barnes & Noble.