So I know most of you are largely unaware of my digital scrapping. It appears here on the blog every now and again, but largely it’s just something I share over at The Lilypad. I created one layout at the end of last year though that went kinda nuts. Every week, without fail, it shows up in my Pinterest feed and I am always asked – How did you do that?!?! To be honest, I have been reluctant to share my secret because the truth is, it was an accident. Shall we have a look?
It all came about late one Friday afternoon while I was rushing around like a headless chicken, I had been asked to submit a photo to the Studio Calico Snapshots class and provide a prompt for the class to work on. I was also working on editing the photos to go to print. It’s not remotely uncommon for me to have 10 tabs open in Photoshop at a time and since I never bother to name anything, all the tabs say “Untitled – X”.
The photo on the left was the one I was submitting as the prompt and the photo on the right was about to go to print. I grabbed the layer containing the photo on the right and pulled it across to the tab that I thought was my 6×4 white border template and let go, but instead what I got was a cropped 4×6 photo. I thought to myself – ‘what the hell?’ and dropped the opacity to see what was underneath my newly placed layer. It was at this point I discovered my mistake AND how to double expose a photo.
I saved my mistake because I thought one day I might like to use it. At the time I had absolutely no idea how or why I would, but less than a month later Peppermint released a collection called the Love List, which turned out to be a perfect match for the photo. So now you have read the story of my mistake, let me redeem myself with a more dignified way of producing my results.
Step one: Open background photo in Photoshop. I suggest the darker of the two for the best results, but it doesn’t really matter. You can reorder the layers if need be.
Step two: Drag and drop the second photo on top of the first. This can be done in two ways. You can drag and drop from an open folder on your desktop or by dragging the image from another open tab. Now you should have two layers in your layer panel.
Step three: With the second layer selected, manipulate Layer size and placement (Ctrl +T), as well as the Opacity and the Blending Mode until you are happy with the result (Hint: both are found at the top of the layer panel – The Blending Mode is a drop down menu that should start off saying “normal”). Here is a look at my worktop and what is displayed in my layer panel when I have achieved my desired look. Click on the worktop photo to make it larger.
You can see I dropped the opacity to 40% and changed the blending mode to “Hard Light”, but for you it will really depend on the photos you are trying to merge together. It is very much a game of trial and error.
From there, all that’s left to do is save. Remember – always save your Photoshop file along with your JPEG, just in case you wish to edit it later. I also recommend you do any editing to your photos prior to attempting this tutorial. It makes life easier.
Any questions, be sure to leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Until next time – Happy Hump Day!