Tuesday Tutorial With Lisa

Good morning everyone!  I’m Lisa, one of Kelly CT gals, here you help you with a blending tutorial.  Blending is a fun technique to show off your photos inside a layout.  So let’s get started.

Click the “File” menu then “Open” command. Next navigate to the photo you’d like to blend with a paper. Double click the image to load it.  Duplicate the photo layer, just in case you want to go back and look at the original.  Click the tool palette icon shaped like a lasso, then drag the mouse around the portion of the image you’d like to blend with the paper. As in my example below, drag your mouse cursor around the person’s outline.

Click the “Select” menu, then “Modify” sub-menu, next click the “Feather” command, which creates a soft selection edge that enables you to blend images.  Type a number between 10 and 20 in the dialog box that appears to indicate how wide you want to make your feathered edge. Higher width numbers will not only feather the edge of the image in your selection region, but may make the image itself partially transparent. Smaller width numbers will make the edge you’ve selected more obvious (I used 10). Press “Control” and “C” simultaneously to copy the selection to the clipboard.  Press “Control” and “V” simultaneously to paste the selection with the feathered edge onto the first layer. Notice that the pasted image blends naturally with the first image. This will make a third layer with the cut out piece.

In the next step I selected the rectangular Marquee tool and selected the image from my second layer that has the entire photo on it. Then go to the gradient tool and be sure you are on foreground to transparent. Drag the mouse from the edge of the page to the part of the image you want to keep. This will take several times to whiten out the unwanted parts of the photo..in my case I took away other people and a plate of food. I also hide my cut out layer #3 so I can really see what I am taking away.
Next bring layer #3 visual again…  Next I decrease the opacity of layer #3 (the cutout layer) you will just have to play around with this to get the look you want.


Next I add in the paper…still not to great looking though.
I select layer 2 and select the eraser in a soft round pressure size I start off very large and just play with the opacity again. What I am doing, is erasing more of the unwanted areas. After I am fairly happy with the look I go to a smaller brush size to get in the little areas.
Next I decrease the opacity of layer #3 (the cut out).
Like I said before, you just have to play with this to get the look you like…
I take layers 2 (both the visible and non-visible) and 3 and place them where I want them, as well as size them for my layout. Then it is time to have fun and all of your embellishments…

And this is the finished version made with Kelly’s Sail Away With Me, Where Dreams Set Sail and Just Keep Swimming!  Give blending a try, once you experiment with it, you’ll be hooked!  Can’t wait to see your layouts!

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