Template Tuesday – July 16, 2013

Welcome to “Template Tuesday” everyone! First, let me direct your attention over to the sidebar on the right. You can see the usual media links and post archives but did you notice there’s something new over there? Yes! I now have a button for you to grab if you’d like to add me to your blog list or sidebar. If you grab it, let me know so I can visit you!

*Update: This tutorial was posted on Craft Gossip on July 23, 2013*

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Have you ever wondered how to blend your photos into your background papers? Guess what, today we’re going to work on making a “photo blending layer”! On Saturday I posted a layout using this technique but I used a template from Scrapping with Liz. Here is the layout in case you were wondering:

“Yo Ho, Yo Ho”
Template: ScrapOrchard May Blog Template by Scrapping with Liz
Kits: A New Day and Catch of the Day by Inspiredbydominic Designs

I was asked about how to create the photo blending effect so I thought some of you might be wondering the same thing! Let’s see what we are making today:

Now I actually know two ways to achieve this effect. One is quick and changes the photo itself but I’m actually going to be showing you a technique that involves a few more steps but it doesn’t change the picture at all (what we call a “non-destructive” technique). I prefer this method because it makes it easy to try out multiple photos or layers without having to edit every option you want to try. I should also add that I’m using Photoshop Elements 11, and assume you have a basic knoledge of how to create a new file, select a layer and so forth! I created a nice, long photo strip ready for pinning on Pinterest. This may not be the fanciest looking tutorial, but my goal was to make it easy to follow! I hope I’ve achieved that but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I will do my best to answer or point you in the correct direction! Let’s look at the steps:

This is the size page I use because I generally create 12″x12″ layouts for my scrapbook pages. You can create a new document in any size you would like to use. I recommend erring on the larger size since it’s easier to scale down then it is to scale up. Always, always, always start with your document at 300 ppi (pixels/inch). Again, it’s easier to reduce quality if you need to make the file smaller! On to the actually steps to creating the above blended photo!


I hope this tutorial helped explain one way to blend your photos into you background! As I said before, if you have any questions, or it seems like I skipped a step, or anything at all, leave me a comment or use the contact form under the top tab that says “Contact Me”! Have a great day everyone and as always…


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26 thoughts on “Template Tuesday – July 16, 2013

    • I’m glad it was helpful and please please leave me a way to see what you do! If you have any problems let me know and I will try to help! =)

    • I’m glad you like the effect! I hope you do pick it up one day, it can be a very fun hobby =)

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