I love the look of photographs that have been blended into a background paper. Today let’s take a look at a few examples of this technique and then review how easy it is to do.
This layout was created by Norma, a member of my Creative Team, using Firm Foundation. I really like how Norma blended this lovely photo of her and her Dad into the background, then included the color photo in her cluster.
In this layout, Norma placed her photo into a photo frame, and blended just the edges of the photo into her background.
Here’s another example from Cathy, also a Team Member. I really like how Cathy has highlighted her husband by blending his image into the paper strip below her cluster.
Here’s how to accomplish this look:
1. Place a photo above a background paper layer. For this tutorial, I have used 2 papers, simply because I liked the look. Vintage Overlays Set 1, paper 3 is set at 100% opacity, and Firm Foundation Paper 19 is set at 75% opacity. My photo is the top layer.
2. Change the Blend Mode of your photo, selecting the effect that you like best. I chose Screen for this photo.
3. Experiment with the opacity of your photo. I set mine at 81%, using the Opacity Option at the top of the Layers Panel. There’s nothing magic about that number. I just moved the slider, keeping my eye on the photo, and stopped when I was happy with what I saw.
4. If you are happy with the results, you are done. I didn’t like the harsh lines along the edge of my photo, and I wanted a little more of the background paper design to show thru on the top and left edges of the document.
I placed a mask on my photo and brushed away the parts of the photo I didn’t want. (Using Layer Masks in Photoshop.) Here is the result:
That’s all there is to it!
This weekend is our Father’s Day Sale. Save 30% Storewide and 50% on Father’s Day Kits. Now is a great time to pick up something on your Wish List, and try out some blending techniques!
If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.
When you experiment with this technique, or any technique you learn through our tutorials, we encourage you to upload your results to our Tutorial Gallery! Show off your hard work! Please include the name of the tutorial and provide a link to it, in case some of our readers missed it!
If you would like to practice blending your own photos right away, here is a Firm Foundation Stacked Paper for you to experiment with! Maybe a photo of your Dad, Grandfather, or another male figure in your life who has has helped develop your character and personality, someone who has given you a “firm foundation” in life!
Click on the image below to download!
Thanks for coming by! See you next week!