This is a time when a photo blend can come in handy. I was working on pages for an album about a recent beach vacation. When I grabbed all the photos about our night at the boardwalk, there was one photo that I wanted to include, But I didn't want it to be the main focus of my page. So I blended it and made it into a great background for my design.
This is how the layers palette would look. The 2 images, each on their own layer. Unlock the background image by double clicking it.
Click on the top layer to make it active. Then click the Add Layer Mask button located at the bottom of the layers palette.
Notice the white border around the layer mask. This means that the mask, not the layer itself, is the active selection.
Select the gradient tool (or press G).
In the options box, click the arrow to open the drop down gradient picker window. Choose the black to white which is in the top row, 3rd from the left. Click elsewhere on the program bar to close the gradient picker window.
In the document, hold down the shift key and drag out a black to white gradient to blend the 2 images. In the image above I've placed lines to show where I started and ended the drag to create the gradient in my example. Since you are actually drawing the gradient on the mask, you won't see it on your image.
What you will see is a beautifully blended image! I then played with the blending modes and opacity, added my photos and elements to complete my finished layout.
Tip: Don't use one of your images as your document where you will be blending. Create a new document to drag your 2 images into. This way you won't accidentally save the blended image over your original images.
Have some fun playing with the gradient feature. You can blend photos together, elements, photos and papers. Whatever your creative heart desires.
Remember too, if you would like to see your pages featured here, please email them to me at scrappycath(at)gmail(dot)com and we will include you in a Readers Pages post!