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Tutorial | Extend a Photo Theme with MultiMedia Elements

By Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (MST) One Comment
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 Creative Team Guest, Pam, explains how she uses MultiMedia Elements to extend her photo theme in Adobe Photoshop.TutorialPreview10001.  Create a Foundation. I used two papers from ArtPlay Palette Natural Instinct (Paper1.jpg and Paper9.jpg), then applied the Gradient Blending Technique to the edges as outlined in AnnaBlendz LIVE. I then stamped brushes using  TextureMelange No. 1 (Brush 9) using the Paint Brush Tool from the Tools Panel on new layers just above the foundation. Colors for the stamped images were sampled from my photo.

AnnaAspnes_aA2. Add Your Image. Transfers from ArtPlay Palette Embrace Life (Transfer3.png and Transfer8.png) were clipped to a mask from Layered FotoBlendz No. 4 (Mask 7) using the clipping mask function (Ctrl+Alt+G) in Photoshop to yield texture and color, and placed to support a horizontal page design. I opened a photo into the work space and used the Inverted Masking Technique as outlined in AnnaBlendz LIVE using AnnaBlendz Artsy No. 4 brushes. The opacity of these layers was reduced to 65% to soften the appearance. Elements from ScriptTease Remember Frames No. 1 and Stitched LoopDaLoops White No. 1 were placed around the photo to draw the eye and anchor the image to the layout.

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3. Enhance the Theme. Select elements to support the theme of your layout. The nature theme of my layout was enhanced through the use of birds and branches. I placed select elements on the layout, from left to right, to create a border and lead the eye. Opacity was reduced by 24% on the layers of an element from MultiMedia Reindeer No. 1 to coordinate with the faded photo. The placement of the charm on the branch, again, extends the theme of my layout. A shadow was applied to the additional branch, on top of my “framed” photo, to create dimension and further support the theme.

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Click on the above photo for additional process notes and supplies used.

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  • Su Hall says:

    Looking back over the different tutorials on this blog, I found this one which I don’t think I saw before. This is such an neat idea! I’ve actually experimented with creating a ‘banner’ or ‘shelf’ of elements, stamps, transfers, photos, etc. I like the effect very much! I even tried one with a diagonal ‘spray’ of stuff! LOL I just keep thinking of the words, “Lead the eye!” LOL
    Thank you!
    Su

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