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Old 01-26-2011, 08:41 AM
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Default Blending Overlays with Patterns

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Today's tut is quick & easy and incredibly useful.

Blending Overlays with Patterns

Let's say you have a fantastic overlay. And a fantastic pattern. You put the two together and it looks, well, fantastic. Not so fast Sparky! Check it out at 100%:

See how the edges are incredibly crisp? This might happen on a nice, tight, satin-y cotton or gloss paper but not on a well-textured fabric/paper. There is a very quick & easy solve for this: gaussian blur.
Just go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur:
Play with the blur Radius a little. I wound up using 1.7 pixels in my example, but this can vary depending on the size of your pattern. Note how natural the blurred-pattern looks after the Gaussian Blur has been applied. It's little touches like this that make for a truly professional kit.
Note: Be sure to apply the Gaussian Blur to your pattern layer and not your overlay/texture layer.
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