Alright, I know this comes as second nature to some,
but for the longest time I never knew how digiscrappers were getting
those wonderful blended graphic layouts, so I'm going to share the
secret. Not that it really was a secret from anyone but me, ah well.
Here is a really simple example, and you can move
up from here to some of the really artsy ones. Hint - check the
DET Gallery and the DET Contest Gallery - those are the ones that
have always awed me.
Starting with my photo, I place it more or less
where I want it on the page, and use a fluffy or chalky brush to
erase the edges I want to blend in.
Unretouched, it's already the color of the background I'm going
to use from my Aquarium kit, but if it wasn't, I can tint it if
I want the page to be monochromatic. Now I add in the background
and layer that to the bottom:
Now I duplicate the background layer, and drag it to the top of
the photo. Using the blending choices on my layer palette, I set
the mode for the top background to "soft light". Play
with all the different modes, though, you can go dramatically from
soft to extreme.
I add my word art (Doodle Delights Ocean by Tina Chambers and myself)
and the whale's story, and I'm done with this one!