|With this new layer on normal, create a layer mask and use the
linear gradient tool. This will hide the black pixels to leave the
exclusion ‘white tux’. Because we are on normal blending mode with
this copied layer, we have a good face. Go to the exclusion layer
and create a layer mask. Now grab a medium brush with black as the
foreground color and wipe out that exclusioned face to reveal the
normal face on the layer mask. I hope you’re following...this is a
good exercise in truly understanding and harnessing Photoshop.
If you turn off the ‘normal’ layer you can see the
headless groom. We are only using this layer for the good ‘head’.
It’s important that this be retained.
Here you can see the masked areas and the layer
which I am masking some more.
Ok, so now we’ve got the benefit of two layers going
on. The exclusion layer for its whiter tuxedo and the normal layer
just for the good head shot. Go ahead and cycle through the blending
modes to see if there is something that might work a little bit
better for the head shot layer. Linear Burn happens to work good in
this case. We want to retain the original substance of that
character or layer.
Grab another image that you think would be
appropriate and with the moVe tool, go ahead and drag it into the
document as another layer.
Use Ctrl/Cmd T holding the Shift key to scale the
new layer down to a smaller size (if necessary). Use the gradient
layer mask method to get rid of the harsh edges (this solves just
about all of your problems).
Here you can see the layer mask where we have hidden
the sharp edges to help this layer ‘blend’ into the design.
Here is another photos.com image that I’ve dragged
(drug?) into the document and scaled it down also. We’re creating a
mini-scene at the bottom of this design (which is turning into a
movie poster style design).
Duplicate the layer by dragging it to the new layer
icon on the bottom of the layers palette. Now go to Edit: Transform:
Flip Horizontal (I use Alt E:A:H).
Now hold the shift key and drag this duplicate layer
over to where they create a beautiful avenue as shown.
Now go to Layer: Merge Linked or Ctrl E after you
have linked the two layers together. They have now become one layer.
Of course you’ll want to get rid of that harsh edge
to make the image ‘blend’ into the overall design so use the
gradient layer mask method once again to get rid of the edge which
makes it stand out. I told you the gradient layer mask solves just
about all of your problems! Understand this
Here I’m just making adjustments on how I think the
image of them should fit into the design. Once again, duplicating
and applying a different blending mode..lowering opacity.
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