Before I was a scrapbook designer, I was creating tons and tons of scrapbook layouts of my boys. I learned so many different ways of creating layouts that I want to now share them with you using PSE! I hope you find my information useful and would love some feedback from you!
Blending a Photo
- Click the top of your menu bar ‘enhance’
- This will open a menu list
- Click ‘convert to black and white’
- Shortcut: Or you can click ‘alt+ctrl+B’ at the same time
- You should now see a new window that shows your photo in color and it in black and white.
- If you like what you see, you can click ‘OK’.
- There are also below, different black and white options and on the right you can adjust the colors and contrast. Just adjust your photo until you get your desired result. But, for blending purposes, it’s not that important.
- On the right of your screen, go to ‘layers’ and make sure your photo is high lighted and not the paper. If your paper is highlighted in layers, click on the photo to highlight.
- You will then see at the top of layers, a drop down menu that says ‘normal’.
- Click on the drop down menu and you will see a large list of blending options.
- Click on ‘multiply’. I like multiply for this type of blending because it eliminates everything that is white and light and keeps all that is dark gray and black. You will see the paper coming through all the areas that was white.
- You will see there are sharp edges where the photo ends. We want to make the photo look like it’s part of the paper, so we need to eliminate the edges. You will need to select an eraser brush to soften the edges of the photo.
- Click ‘E’ for eraser or you can go to your toolbar and click on the eraser icon. Then at the top left of your window, you have a selection of brushes to choose from. I chose a soft brush, size 300 at 100% opacity.
- Now work your way around the edges to achieve the look you want and to eliminate the sharp edges.
- But, wait we are not done yet! Now go ahead and reduce the opacity of the eraser brush to 30%. Go around the edges again to make sure the photo looks really blended into the paper. I went ahead and moved my photo here on the left because I liked it better 🙂 and I went around the whole photo slowly and softly so it looks like the transparency slowly merges into the photo.