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    [ Guide ] blending made easy.


    Hello everyone! Hoping you are all well and all that stuff. Today I am going to be giving you all
    a quick tutorial on how to give a good blend using the eraser tool. I know most of you are used
    to creating tags and avatars and stuff like that, but have you ever ventured into the land of
    layouts, blogs and css? Well how about we start that today! Excellent.

    Step One.
    You need to find two (or more if you prefer) high quality images. I put emphasis on high quality
    because if you don't use HQ images, it will show. Believe me when I say this, HQ is always better.

    I used these images


    Step Two
    Open up your photoshop and create a new canvas. The size should be big enough to open both
    images side by side, overlapping by about 150px. This will be the amount of room you want when
    you are blending.

    I used width: 600px, height: 260px.

    Step Three
    Place both your images in the newly created canvas and have them overlapping like I did below.



    Step Four
    Now that you have created and placed your images, it is time to blend them together! Now the
    trick to a nice blend is the opacity setting. I typically set it at 80% when I am blending, you
    can go lower or a bit higher. Do not leave it at 100%. This basically erases 100% of the image
    and you don't want that. Use a 0% hardness brush at a size of 75-200px and start erasing the
    section that is a solid line on the top layer. You will notice how you can now see the two images
    start to combine.

    For the example I used a 200px brush at 0% hardness and at 80% opacity.




                 
    Well that wasn't too hard, was it? Blending is probably the most commonly used trick in layout
    making and the most under rated and poorly executed. If you have any questions at all, please
    let me know. I am more than willing to help you!
    And show me your outcomes!


            
    1.) I probably use this trick the most. Instead of leaving your layer on normal, set it to lighten. It
    will make the images look combined and give a nice effect to the layout. Try this with a single
    image and set it to lighten on a random colour background.
    2.) Try using a higher size brush when at all possible. It will give you a nicer blend.
    3.) Never ever ever blend a persons head into something else. This is a very common mistake
    and it just doesn't look good.

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    Thanks Cody! Do you think it's possible you can make one for Gimp too if you know how to use it? It's hard to follow other website guides :X They make it sooo complicated. DX

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    @Becka.
    I have no idea how to blend in gimp. I have never actually used that program.
    http://www.squidoo.com/gimp-blending
    ^ this seems to be about the easiest way to do it.

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    @Becka herpaderp blending in gimp is the same as blending in PS
    take a large, soft round brush and erase two overlapping images
    voilA

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    Quote Originally Posted by robots View Post
    @Becka herpaderp blending in gimp is the same as blending in PS
    take a large, soft round brush and erase two overlapping images
    voilA
    I had no idea it was the same. Thanks Sally.

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