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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Scrapbooking Coach: November



November's Question: What does Tagger stand for in the digital scrapbooking community? 

November's Answer: A Tagger kit is a smaller version of a full size kit. 
full size = 300ppi (300ppi is the what a professional printer needs in order to print your layouts)
tagger size = 72ppi (for computer use only, if printed professionally it will look pixelated and blurry)
I'm sure you've seen graffiti on the side of a bridge or wall as you make your way to and from work or the store, the graffiti artwork is called 'tags' and the graffiti artists are called 'taggers.'
Often times the art includes big bold letters that are written in spray paint and are difficult to read, as well as skulls, sexy/naked ladies, and other things graffiti artists are 'into.' 
Tagging a part of a bridge or wall is how some graffiti artists express themselves, it's also how some gang members show which part of certain neighborhoods are 'theirs.'
In digi-land we have taggers and tags. We also have posers, which are the sexy/naked ladies so very essential to the graffiti artists' work. Digital taggers use tags similar to the way graffiti taggers use spray painted tags, but in digi-land taggers are less about marking territory and more about showing off their beautiful kits. Because these digital tags only show up on blogs or facebook or in forums, there is no need for them to be print quality, so taggers make kits at 72ppi which is optimal for internet usage and viewing. 

Sometimes, if I make a kit that I think taggers might like, I will size it down from 300ppi to 72ppi, and put both versions in my store, but I'm more into the 'cutsie' look than the graffiti look, so it doesn't happen very often. Take a look these tagger kits, you can see they are neon colors that are out of gamut, with grungy and emo embellishments like skulls, voodoo dolls, poison, handcuffs, and usually a poser or two (posers are the sexy ladies).

 

I tried to make a tag using a voodoo doll instead of a sexy lady, and some grungy emo embellishments, but it still turned out pretty cutsie, lol!


It's also customary when a tagger makes a tag, that she offers to change her name out for anyone else's name who might love that particular tag and want one of their own. This is a great way to advertise the tagger's kit. Some taggers will even put a tutorial on their blogs explaining how they made the tag, so if someone really likes the tag but wants to use a different kit or different poser, they can.

I've seen tags used as siggys (signatures in forums) but mostly I see them on people's blogs, sort of like they collect them (like my mom collects santa clause statues - i'm not really sure why, but for her, its important, lol). When someone makes me a tag, I put it as my email siggy (unless the poser is totally naked, lol) but what I really wish for is a tag with Johnny Depp or Jensen Ackles, LOL! Too bad they only seem to make them with naked woman (perhaps the woman they wish they looked like?) I don't know. anyway, that's my two cents.

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