View Full Version : How do I do that?

07-22-2007, 04:09 PM
I just wanted to start a basic question answer thread here.
I have a good one, and hopefully some one can help me.
I saw this really cool way of doing a layout with the photo kinda mixed in as the background. Can anyone help me figure out how to do this?:confused:
This is one of the sites I saw this effect done, but the author is international so I tried to ask, but maybe she doesn't understand english. Check it out for me and maybe sombody can help me PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!:confused::confused::confused:
I'ts the one with the little girl!

07-22-2007, 05:02 PM
I have found some tutorials, hope they are helpful :

07-22-2007, 07:59 PM
Make a copy of the original photo layer and use a large soft edge eraser, set the eraser to about 20-30% opacity (if you can change brush opacity in PSE) and slowly start erasing, just keep going over the area to be erased, working your way in to the part you want to show 100%. When you are satisfied with the photo place it over a background paper. You can also lower the opacity of the photo to 90-95% so some of the background paper shows through, or if the program has blending modes, experiment with changing the blending mode.

I use PS and the way I would do that would be by using a layer mask. Layer masks can hide (mask) things instead of erasing them. Using a layer masks makes it easy to make changes because nothing is actually erased, when you remove the mask or paint on it with white everything is revealed.

This is my daughter who is in the Airforce.


07-22-2007, 08:18 PM

Those were exellent resources. Thanks

Very pretty dtr!! :)

07-23-2007, 08:12 AM
Fantastic Ladies! Thank you so much.:D

07-24-2007, 06:34 PM
This is the link to a tutorial by Misty Cato about the question,

Blending a photo into a background (http://mistycatodesigns.blogspot.com/2007/02/my-comments-on-your-comments_21.html)

In this case she is actually using the photo as pattern in the paper but if you don't desaturate the photo and just use the overlay blending mode you might get a similar result to what Julie has explained above in a different manner, more or less. :)

And this is the link to the index tutorial in Misty Cato's blog. She has compiled in one post all the links to all the tutorials in her blog.

Index to Misty Cato's Tutorials (http://mistycatodesigns.blogspot.com/2007/05/index-of-tutorials.html)

They are fantastic and she covers all levels. There are many things to try in there.:)

Also many thanks Elena for the links, I didn't know about those tutorials and I'm sure they will be very interesting. :)

07-25-2007, 02:56 AM
Thank you for the link Olga. I think I'll try some of these today :)