PhotoArtFX using Photoshop: Blending Photos Using Gradient Masks | Linda Matthews | Skillshare

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PhotoArtFX using Photoshop: Blending Photos Using Gradient Masks

teacher avatar Linda Matthews, Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist

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4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:59
    • 2. Set up floating windows

      2:27
    • 3. Blending photos using gradient masks

      7:53
    • 4. Fine tuning the gradient mask

      6:01
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About This Class

In this free class I’ll be showing you just how easy it is to blend multiple images into one photo art image using blending modes, layer masks and the gradient tool.

I’ve included a set of project files including photos and texture images that you can download and use to follow along with the tutorial and make the same photoart designs as I do. Or you can use your own images to create something totally unique and meaningful for you.

I hope you enjoy this class and I look forward to seeing your projects.

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Linda Matthews

Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist

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I’m a full time digital and mixed media textile artist, designer and teacher and I love nothing more than sharing what I’ve learned as a way to encourage and inspire the creative spark in others. If you love to tell your story using images and words, visit me at www.www.CreativeArtnSoul.com

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Linda Matthews, and welcome to photo honorifics. In this series of classes, I'm sharing simple but creative techniques for turning your photographs into photo art and works of digital art. In this class, I'll be showing you how easy it is to blend multiple images into one photo. Art image is in blending modes. Leia Masks and the Grady Int Tool. I've included a set of project files, including photos and texture images that you can download and used to follow along with the tutorial, and make the same photo out designs as I do. Or you can use your own images to create something totally unique for you. I hope you enjoy learning how to work with these creators, but simple techniques to make beautiful phone a lot. 2. Set up floating windows: by default images. Openers docked tabs on the editing screen. However, I prefer to use floating windows, which allows you to easily move and reposition images on the workspace when creating photo art. I often work with multiple images at a time, so I find that using floating windows is a much easier way to copy and paste and drag images from one place to another. If your image is currently openers tabs on the editing screen, there are several different ways that you can change them to. Floating windows are the temporarily or permanently. You can temporarily change to floating windows by clicking on the image tab and dragging it from the dock. Or you can go to the main menu and select window. Arrange floating window for a single image will float all in windows to float the mall. You can also change this setting permanently said that any documents you open will automatically float for windows. Choose edit preferences workspace awful Mac. Choose Photoshopped preferences workspace, then de select open documents as tabs. You can also select or de select enable floating document window docking when checked. This setting allows you to dock the floating windows as a tab if you want to. When de selected, you won't be able to dock the windows at all. You can also make sure that the window frame resize is when zooming for windows. Choose edit preferences tools or for Mac. Choose photo shop preferences tools, then check zoom. Resize is windows known. You consume in and out using keyboard shortcuts. Control plus for Windows or command Plus for Mac to zoom in and control minus for Windows or command minus for Mac. Just amount and the window frame will resize automatically, as you assume you will then need to restart photo shop for these preferences to take effect . 3. Blending photos using gradient masks: to get started with their photo art image like a new document, 1000 pixels wide by 750 pixels high by 72 pp. I, with a white background name. This file blended photos and save a to your desktop has appear. Steve File. Saving the file. Using the PSD format will keep the layers intact and allow you to edit the file whenever you like. You'll also want to make sure to save the file each time you make a change to it so you don't lose any of your work from the class. Resource is download. Opened the file rust that J. P. G and place the image on the working document. You can place the image in several ways. Select the image that you want a copy. Use keyboard shortcut, control a for Windows or command A for Mac. To select the image control, see for Windows or command C format. To copy it, click on the working document and use control fee for windows or command fee for Mac to paste it or simply drag the image onto the working document using your mouse, Reposition if necessary and make sure that the image sits evenly inside the frame, named the layer rust. Click on the rest layer in the layers panel to select it and from the blending modes drop down menu. Select the difference Blend mode. You can see that this plane mode changes the colors on the rust image. Open the file text Dutch A PG and place it on the working document on the layer above Rust name. Delia Text. Click on the text layer in the layers panel to select it and from the blending modes struck down box, Select the Oval A blend mode. This splendid murder last the text to be visible but makes the background on the text image transparent, allowing the underlying background to show through. Reduce the layer rapacity to 30% to blend it more into the background. Open the file Rose Dajae PG and place it on the working document on a layer above text named Aaliyah Rose. No, we're going to add a mask to the Slayer and then apply a Grady into the mask. This is going to allow portions of the layers beneath the rose image to show through. Click on the roads layer to select it, then click on the add lamb. Ask icon and you'll see that a mask has been added alongside the Rose image in the Layers panel. Click on the mask to highlight it. You'll know that it's highlighted because there'll be a border around it. Select the Grady Int Tool and from the Grady in Picker, choose the Black Dwight Grady int. On the working document dragged the Grady int from right to left, starting at the far right edge and ending around the beginning of the flower petals. If you make a mistake, simply undo it on the main menu. Select edit. Undo Grady Int. Then try again until you're happy with the way things look. It's worth remembering when working with Leia mosques that black conceals and white reveals . This means that when the lay a mosque or section of the lay, a mosque is filled with the color black everything on the layer, it's attached to its hidden on the main document. When it's filled with the color wide, you can see everything because of the way that this works. The Grady. It helps to make a smooth, blended transition from black to white, revealing a portion of the layers below, with each land nicely blending into each other to create a blended photo and image. Next will apply a filter to the rose just to give it a more creative look. Click on the Rose image in the Layers panel to select it. Then on the main menu. Select Filter Filter Gallery in the Filter gallery from the artistic drop down menu. Select paint jobs. This filter applies a hand painted look to your image. Play around with the settings until you happy with the way things look. Think click OK to go back to the editing screen. I've adjusted my sittings to brush size six sharpness 14 and brush type wide, blurry for a final touch. Will I had a texture layer on top. Open the file texture. Dajae PG and place it on the working document on the layer above ruse named Alaia Texture. Select the overlay blending mode. You can see that this texture adds an overlay of orange to the image. This looks fine for the right side of the image, where it adds a touch of rust to the background, which had some contrast in color. However, we need to remove it from the rose on the left because it makes the roads look too bright and washed out. We can easily make these adjustments again. Using ingredient mosque, click on the texture late has selected, then click on the Add a layer mask icon, which attach is a mask to that layer. Select the Grady in Tool and select the blank toe white radiant from the grating pickup on the working document. Start about 1/4 of the way in from the left side and draw a line from left to right until you're about 3/4 of the way across. If you make a mistake on do it, using the main menu command or a cook away is to simply redraw the line across the document , and the Grady int will automatically adjust. As you can see, we've used simple techniques to produce a fairly complex looking image, and the Grady Int mosques have been used to help land each of the images together. 4. Fine tuning the gradient mask: you can use Grady Int masks to blend all sorts of different combinations of images. So let's try this process again, using different images and textures. This time, we'll also find Tune The Grady Int mask to make it even more flexible when creating photo aren't make a new document the same size as before, at 1000 pixels wide by 750 pixels high by 72 pp. I with a white background. Open the file pink background. Dodge a PG and place it on the working document. Nemsila Pink background. Open the file Pink flowers Start J P. G and place it on the working document on the layer above pink background. Name the Leia Pink Flowers. Click on the add lamb are sky Khan and you'll see that a mosque has been added alongside the pink flowers image in the Layers panel. Click on the mosque to select it, Then select the Grady Int Tool. And from the Grady int picker, choose the black white radiant on the working document. Drag the Grady int from right to left, starting at the far right edge and ending around the beginning of the flower petals. If you make a mistake. Undo it will simply redo it until you're happy with the way things look. Open the file. Grunge texture. Dajae PG and place it on the working document on the layer above the pink flowers. 90 Leia Texture. Select the hard light blending mode, and you can see that this texture adds a grunge overly to the image. The texture looks good where it overlays on the right side of the image. However, it's too strong on the left, where it overlays the flowers weaken. Soften this side by using a radiant mosque. Click on the texture layer to selected, then click the add lamb are sky con. Click on the lay a mosque to select it. Then select the Grady Int Tool and from the Grady and pick a choose the black to white radiant. Starting on the left side, run the Grady and across the image to the far ridge of the flower petals. You can see the problem with this because the black color on the Grady in is hiding all the texture from the overlay on the left side, when really we only want to soften the texture somewhat instead of completely hiding it. This could be done by changing the color of the Grady int from a black to white radiant to a greater point. Radiant. The color gray will allow some off the texture to remain visible while still producing a smooth blending of the layers. To change the Grady in color, click on the full ground color and select the color you want to use. I've chosen the gray color. Eight e eight e eight e. Make sure why does selected as the background color. Then go to the Grady in Picker and select the full ground to background Radiant, this Grady and automatically chooses the colors that a Cetus foreground and background. In this case, it's gray and white. Now, if you drank the Grady and across, you can see that it's allowing some off the texture to remain visible. If the Grady and is still removing too much texture, change the foreground color toe a softer shade of gray. I've chosen B five b five b five. I'm happy with its color, and I really like the amount of texture that overlays the flowers. To finish this photo art image. I'm adding a favorite quotation. - Thanks for watching and if you have any questions, please leave a note in the community section below and I'll be happy to answer them. Also, be sure to share your own photo at images in the class project section.