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How to Blend Photos

Lesson 22 from: Layering in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers

Traci Reed

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22. How to Blend Photos

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How to Blend Photos

We're gonna talk about blending photos I have this really cool layout that I'm using is an example and I got a galaxy s five does anyone else have a galaxy s five? It can go underwater and so I got this phone and immediately it's in the pool because I'm crazy everyone's like no, but I watched a lot of youtube videos to make sure it's actually waterproof before I did it. So I have all these cool underwater photo photos but I really liked this one, but I didn't know it wasn't frame a ble the way that these other ones were to me, so I wanted to figure out a way to include it but not have it framed with the rest of the cluster, especially since it's of joe sia and just I has already up here at the top of the cluster, but I I did want to include it still, so what I did was I blended into the background of the paper and what happens is it becomes a part of this background paper. Now this is a really smooth blend because it's also a paper that has a water texture if you're going to have if yo...

u were going to blend it into a green background, it was it would have a totally different effect, so I chose a water paper so that it would look like it was part of the pool so the best way to blend this photo in is to create a grady in't mass, so I'm going to create a mask for this photo again and of course it creates a white mask and I what I want is I want for it to be solid down here. Oh, and then I wanted to fade away up here, so I'm going tio command are all to click the layer mask, which will bring up so you can just see the mask instead of the whole composition and then I'm going tio go to my grady in't tool and I'm going to choose a black and white grady in and then with my black and white radiant chosen, I'm going tio click at the bottom and I'm going to hold shift to keep it straight and I'm going to go right about to the edge where my photo starts to end and you can see that when I, um all click again it's perfectly blended the grady a mask makes it so that it fades perfectly into the background paper no erasing involved, no fuss, no muss super easy way to do it now, of course, because this background paper is so similar to the photo, it looks like one whole composition, but it also could be a really neat effect to dio to actually make it look different like if, um I'm gonna show it, show you what it looks like on let's. Say what? It would be a solid background so it's still needs. And probably not in this effect for this photo. Yes, you don't have the hard line of the photo and said, it's blended in, and it gives you that more that painterly sort of style.

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I have recently discovered digital scrapbooking and have been using a great scrapbooking software that I downloaded on-line. There are limitations with the software that prompted me to look deeper for ideas. Traci's course was fantastic! I learned so much from her not only in scrapbooking layouts and using different elements in a page but my level of understanding of photoshop has improved dramatically. The presentation was easy to follow and broken into perfect chunks to go back and review the techniques. Thank you so much Traci for presenting this awesome course. I will look for more of your courses. Your scrapbooking is beautiful and inspiring!


I'm a photographer. I do a lot of graphic design for my business. I feel like I'm fairly knowledgeable. I saw this class being shown for free on Creative Live one day and it wasn't my first choice to watch, but was the best out of the list... I was wrong. This is a great class. I didn't expect to learn that much and I've been learning a lot! Great info!


This course was amazing. I learn some things I didn't know how to do. Traci is simple and straight forward in her teaching. Very easy to understand.

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