Tagged: Digital Design

January 14, 2015

How to digitally double expose a photo


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?

Love this Life by Aimee Dow

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”.

Photos by Aimee Dow

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.

Mistake by Aimee Dow

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.

Layers Panel by Aimee Dow

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!

Aimee xx

February 28, 2014

Five for Friday: Digital Edition.


I am so pumped for the weekend! I have so many big plans which ironically all involve staying at home. I am constantly reassuring myself that with the exception of Kelly Purkey (who never seems to be at home) all scrap and D.I.Y. queens do the same thing for fun. This weekend I’ve got some catch up to do for digital CT teams, but frankly I can’t wait to get started. There were some really wicked digital kits that have just come out this week that I am just dying to get my hands on. Would you like to see?

It’s not secret that I am head over heels in love with everything Peppermint designs and it would appear that a lot of you are too. Her designs are appearing a lot more in Studio Calico kits. There are 3 in the Office Hours PL kit this month. Rather than having to wait for it to arrive, I am diving head first in to her new digital collection – Timeless. I have wicked plans for a mustard, black and white spread with a bold black and white photo.

And for my fellow Project Lifers there is matching Journaling Cards. You can buy them separately, but until Monday they come free if you purchase the main kit. Ohh how I love matching sets and that saying filler card pretty much the story of my life.

Next up is the lovely Allison Pennington. I have the a very strange relationship with Allison’s designs. For the longest time I have wanted to be clean white and minimal like Stephanie Bryan and for the most part I pull it off but secretly there is a part of my that craves retro/vintage/grunge. Allison’s designs are often the scratch to that itch. Yesterday she release Seize and lord help me I need it all. The papers, elements, alphas and doodles. I think the strip sayings would work really well with hybrid Project Life spread. Just saying.

Forth spot belongs to my newest CT – Just the two of us. A french duo design team with a very distinctive style. This month they have released this super cool and bright collection called Colourful World and the elements and matching journaling cards can me found here, but what I am really digging is the pattern “paper”. I’ve got big plans for the one red and green one on the end.

Finally for my beloved Project Lifers I have a very special treat for you – Journal Hoppers. Valorie Wibbens has just released THE cutest digital templates in both 3×4 and 6×4 sizes in one pack. I have so many ideas about what to do with these. For starters I’m going to load it with all my new Seize papers and save a couple on the side for our impending Autumn. I’ve also got some ideas about some unusual crops I’d like to try. This is going to be so much fun.

Did I tempt anyone else to stay in and play for the weekend? How about if I told you they are all on sale until Monday? Thats right my friends, just click on the picture to be taken to the kit. If you have never tried digital/hybrid scrapping – now would be a great time. There are so many great tutorials out there, clean up takes seconds, there is absolutely no need to wait for the postman (That’s right Aus Post, I’m not above naming and shaming), you can recolor just about anything and you can use them over and over again. If you do by all means link back or tag me on instagram. I love to see what you are all up too.

Aimee xx

February 11, 2014

The Digital Recap – Part 1


I think it’s pretty fair to say January was not my month. Actually, it downright sucked. Towards the end of December, it became very clear that I would need dental work in the not-too-distant future. What I didn’t count on was the month of pain and the drug haze that would go along with it. Yeah… not very conducive to creative activities at all. I had hoped to finish December Daily and Project Life for 2013 by now. I also wanted to be well underway with this year’s Project Life and my One Little Word Album. Sadly none of that has eventuated.

On the bright side, tomorrow marks the two week mark since having three of my teeth removed, and I am very happy to be back on solids. I am beginning to feel like my old self again. Getting back into the creative swing of things has been a challenge. I’ve been lacking inspiration and supplies – I kid you not, I’m out of glue. I just wanted to start something. It didn’t have to be good. It didn’t even have to see the light of day. I just wanted to get the ball rolling again and so I spent the past week playing with my digital stash:

The Sweet Life

I admit, I am a little surprised by the effects of my hiatus. It’s as if magically my style has become more refined and considered. I have noticed that I am putting a lot more time and effort into my shadow work than I ever have before and while I am in no way a pro, they are becoming more and more true to life. For more details on any of these spreads, or to find a full list of products used, be sure to head over to my Lilypad Gallery.

On a side note – How do you break a creative slump? I would absolutely love to hear any ideas, stories and tactics you employ to get out of a creative slump. I’d love to make a list. I have a feeling this is more common than I previously thought.

Aimee xx


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