On February 3 I invited you to come along while I visited Leslie Nicole’s world at French Kiss Textures. I knew I’d be playing over there again (many, many “agains” are in my future, I do believe!) and boy was it fun! She has a tutorial on using transparent overlays in Photoshop. If you use Photoshop, follow along – if you use a different program, take a couple of minutes to watch it anyway … you might be able to figure out how to do this in your graphics program. At the very least, the tutorial will show you something that might be new, opening up future possibilities to you as you learn and grow. I learned 4 new things before I stopped counting – just from this one 4 minute video! (1) how to automatically resize my overlay to fit my original image (totally cool – precise and such a time-saver); (2) how to auto-center my overlay in relation to my original image; (3) how to use a transparent overlay and (4) a new place to click in my layers menu that I hadn’t known about.
Here is the Polaroid Grunge transparent overlay that I used in this example. Compliments of 640 Pixels and created by Andrea Rascaglia of Rome, Italy (Andrea’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org). Check out my link to 640 Pixels for four other photo edge overlays in this set. I used image #5, and removed the white border, making it transparent everywhere except for the black.
Now, on to French Kiss Textures tutorial: Using Transparent Overlays in Photoshop.
I chose an action shot of Australian Shepherd Gulfstream’s Sutter Home UD, RA from the recent Orange Classic obedience trial hosted by the Orange Empire Dog Club in San Bernardino. When I capture a dog jumping an obstacle, I like to include a part of the jump – but sometimes (like in this example) it throws in too much negative space for my liking. With the Polaroid Grunge Texture photo edge along with this boy’s registered name and date of show, I think everything starts to pull together nicely. I also used the Dreamy Processing artistic filter sequence to blur out the distractions of the background before following along with Leslie’s video tutorial.
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