Simple Tricks – Playing with Photos

Have you ever wondered about all the bells and whistles that come with your photo editing software? Oftentimes we’re hesitant to try something new and unknown or we simply have very little time to be experimenting around. I have become very fond of the pull-down menu in the Layers Palette in Photoshop Elements and use these blending modes in my scrapbooking. Below is a sample of some layouts using some of these blending modes:

The blending modes are great when you want to use a big picture without overpowering your layout or even when you want to place text on top of a photo. There are lots of options from personal style to evoking a certain feel to your page.

Below are samples of each of the blending modes using the same photo so that you can easily see the various options. The blending modes show up best when you use a background paper. In this case I used a tan paper from One Little Bird’s kit “Candid” (coming soon to The Daily Digi files!).

In addition to the blending modes, you can play with the opacity by using the sliding bar.

Simple, right? Go ahead and give it a try! Try one of the blending modes in your next layout and see what you think. Go big and have fun!