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How to Blend Papers

Lesson 23 from: Layering in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers

Traci Reed

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23. How to Blend Papers

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How to Blend Papers

So this is a really neat background and it's neat to me because I know that it's actually two different papers blended together and um what happens is is it gives this pattern and this blue paint sort of feeling it mixes them together and we can blend papers to create new papers all the time and I'm going to show you how to do that so I'm gonna open up this file which already has these two exact same papers blended together and we're just going to experiment a little and then I'll show you exactly how I got that effect so we have the blue paper on top and the pattern paper on the bottom and if I took this to multiply it darkens if I took it to color burn it doesn't do much we can go through all of these layer styles and they all are going to do different things that would make you go away completely so we can make the pattern blue by using the color overlay so what I did to get this effect because I really liked I really wanted to rich effect rather than a more of a muted effect that t...

hese different blends will give you I actually created let's go back to normal two copies of the blue and the top when they set to color and then the bottom one I set to linear burn and then I dropped the opacity down to sixty percent and it gave you that gives you that really intense kind of look, but not as as crazy as it's going to be distracting. So you want to really play and it's going to depend on what papers you're using on what colors you're using. These papers really work well together, because because of the painterly effect. But if you don't want to use your paper straight out of the box, it's. A really fun way to change things up.

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