How to make a blend - Tutorial
Note: All my tutorials are explained using Adobe Photoshop and Imageready, although there are a varity of other programs that can do the same thing.
In this tutorial, we're going to learn how to make a blend that you can put in your signature on a message board, but actually this technique can be used for just about anything. Headers, avatars, other graphics...there's really no limit to what you can do when you've learned how to blend images.
So let's get started! :)
First off, open a new document in Photoshop sized 300x100 (that's the size that I usually make).
Then open up the photos that you'd like to blend. For this one, I'm using two pictures of Georgie Henley at a press conference. These pictures can be found at Simply Georgie, a really fantastic Georgie Henley Fansite.
So after you've cropped and resized the pictures, drag them into the blank 300x100 template we made earlier. Position the images to the way you'd like them, and they must overlap. If the images are not overlapping, then you need to go back and make them a little larger or reposition them so they are. You can't blend them if they arn't overlapping, and the more they're overlapping, the better they will blend.
Af its all aligned, then crop the whole image so you don't have extra unseen bits of photo around (it can mess up the blending a wee bit).
Now for the fun part! Go to your Rectangular Marquee Tool, and set the feather limit to about 15-20 pixels.
Now go ahead and draw a square on your top layer that covers the whole height of the canvas, and the width is the approximate amount that you want to delete, but a little bit smaller.
This is what it will look like while you're drawing:
And this is what it will look like when you're done:
Now hit the Delete button on your keyboard a couple times, and you can move the little circle thingie around to the right if there's bits of the top image still overlapping on Georgie's face.
You should end up with this:
And you're all done! :)
Now for some tips.
Let's say you were blending, and part of your image started to look a little like the one below (the transparent background showing).
When this happens, you've blended a little too much and the bottom image isn't wide enough to cover it, so you get some of the default background instead. To fix this, you need to undo what you just did (Ctrl + Z or Edit > Undo) and then reduce the feather amount, make your marquee square's width smaller, or both.
And so you have a blend! After you're done blending you can add other effects, and come up with something like this:
I hope this tutorial was of help to you! If you need help uploading your finished blend onto the interent, please see this tutorial, and if you have any other questions or corrections, please send me an email.