This is a guest post from Kristi Wood of DigiScrapInfo and DigiScrapFinder.

A few weeks ago I shared my reluctant journey to find organization by using Photo Manager by ACDSee.  Now I want to share a completely different experience: how I ran breathlessly into the arms of ACDSee’s Photo Editor layout program!

It all started with the impending obsolescence of my old Window XP computer.   I had been scrapping with spare license of an outdated Adobe Photoshop 7 which I had no hope of upgrading on my budget.  I was able to score a great deal on a new desktop with Windows Vista but had little enthusiasm for the operating system change.  Then one day it hit me…I could see my PSD files in Photo Manager, maybe their new editing program would allow me to keep my template addiction and I could keep on scrapping.  The price certainly was right even if I would need to start over on learning a new program.

To my utter delight and surprise, the program was so easy to pick up and use I was cranking out pages in no time!  My average time per page dropped, my stress level trying to find the right tool or make the desired adjustment to a photo dropped, and my pleasure and inspiration soared.

My first layout using Photo Editor was ‘Double Vision’ which I had been mulling over in my head for a few weeks.  I wanted to find a way to convey the effects of some recent vision difficulties and knew it would be a challenging layout to accomplish.  But I wanted to tell this story so I jumped into the deep end and dug through the various tool options and menus…and I ran through the built in ‘How-To’ palette of tutorials. The resulting page, including the time to scan and extract my homemade occluder, was only an hour!    This page is still one of my favorites.

Some of my other favorite features include the ability to use .ABR brush files, the super-easy built-in masks on every object, and the save to web features.  I’m still addicted to using templates and discovered that a little math goes a long way when it comes to resizing and precisely placing elements on a page.

Click here for a free 30-day trial of ACDSee’s Photo Editor.  And take a look at my selection of Photo Editor classes available at Digital Scrapbooking Classes.