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Photo Blending


Photo Blending

I'm an ordinary photographer. I take very ordinary photos with an ordinary point and shoot camera. But I love extraordinary photos. This photo of my neighbor's maple tree was taken from my driveway. Try as I might, I just couldn't manage to get my camera to capture the rays of light and the vivid color that I saw with my eye. But when I blended the photo into Thao's Daily bread paper, though, it happened! However, during the blend, the lens flare that I managed to capture was lost. I put it back by using a little Photoshop Elements trick: on a new layer of 50% gray over my photo, I created a lens flare by clicking Filter > Render > Lens Flare. I chose about where I wanted the center of the flare in the dialog box. I set the blend mode of the gray layer to Hard Light, then moved and resized the lens flare layer to a position that was pleasing, and erased any part I didn't want.

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    This is stunning, Elisha. Thanks for explaining how you did it. Putting the lens flare back in was an awesome idea.
    This is just fantastic!! I'm going to go right now and investigate the Lens Flare tool and Thao's paper!! Thank you SO much for explaining how you did this.
    Gorgeous, Elisha. I don't know much about filters (like I didn't even know there was a "Lens Flare" filter, lol). Your blending and flares are exquisite. I love that the LO is simple making that unbelievable photo sing with all it's might. Beautiful.
    Wow and double Wow! I am going to try to follow your instructions!
    Oh, this is gorgeous! I will have to try this with some photos I took this weekend - the glorious light I see just doesn't transfer well to camera. Thanks so much! PS I love the word art.
    WOW! You are very talented Elisha! TFS
    OMG that is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the technique.
    It looks amazing and thank you for the explanation
    Wow, Elisha, this is amazing. Thanks for sharing.
    WOwzers! Gorgeous photo. Gorgeous layout! I love the choice of yellow and the white decorative boarders.