I learned about digital collage in Photoshop before I learned about digital scrapbooking, so I have carried these techniques into my digital scrapbook pages.
I will show you a very simple technique for blending papers and photos onto your pages. The key – your lasso tool!
I start by opening a paper and photo. This paper is from Simply Kelly’s Roll With It kit. The photo is of a rose in my garden.
Select the lasso tool. The lasso tool is in the tool bar just under the rectangular marquee tool. Set the Feather to 50 pixels for a good blend.
Move the photo onto the paper using the Move Tool (keyboard shortcut=V),
then with the photo layer selected in the layers palette, make a rough selection around the part of the picture you want to capture. Don’t worry about getting too close. This is not about a perfect extraction, it’s a blend. When you have made a complete selection with your lasso tool, you will see marching ants around the selection.
With the Photo layer selected in the layers palette, simply hit the mask button. The mask button is at the bottom of the layers palette, and looks like a rectangle with a hole in it. Once you have added the mask, you will see it added to your photo layer in the layers palette, and your photo will be blended into the background.
If you have too much background showing in the photo and want to touch up the blend, grab your Eraser tool, select a large Soft Round Brush (300 px, opacity ~ 50-75%), and touch around the edges.
If on the other hand, you want to add some of the background back in, select the eraser tool, and with the default black as your foreground color, and the mask highlighted in the layers palette, brush around the photo to erase the mask and reveal more of the photo.Similarly, you can have your default foreground color be white, and select a brush tool, and brush on the mask layer to reveal more of the photo.
For my layout I repeated the process with another flower photo. The same technique can be used with digital paper.
I open another paper from Simply Kelly’s Roll With It kit. Again using my lasso tool, I draw a rough shape, switch to the Move tool, and move it in place on my layout. (When you close your paper, be sure to say “No” to saving changes).
I add another large piece of rectangular paper to the background, then decide to mask that as well.
One more paper, this one added as a lasso-cut:
The effect of the lasso mask versus the lasso cut is the same, but the lasso-cut is more permanent. With the lasso-mask, you can add to and/or erase from your mask to change the blend. With the lasso-cut, you can erase from the cut once it is in place, but you cannot add to it.
I added some elements from the Roll With It kit, and some journaling using Simply Kelly’s Whale of a Time alpha, and here is my completed layout:
About the Author:
Diane Weber is an artsy craftsy dabbler from the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a professional quilt teacher, lecturer, and quilt pattern designer before taking up traditional and digital scrapbooking. She also dabbles in sewing, home decor, mosaic art, painting, artist trading cards, knitting, crocheting, mixed media, and pretty much anything artsy craftsy. She works full-time as a software engineering contractor for a major eCommerce company. She lives with her husband in a house on a hill with a view of the whole Silicon Valley, where they enjoy the outdoors and playing golf. Her daughter is also a professional artsy craftsy person, designing for Pottery Barn Kids in San Francisco. You can visit Diane at her blog, Diane Weber Artsy Craftsy.