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Photo Effects ›› Blend Techniques With Layer Mask
Open a new file (1024x768) and prepare 3 images like this (put each image on one layer):

Open layer mask on Layer Center (which content the center image) by clicking its symbol:

Choose Brush Tool, foreground color is #000000 and set option like this picture:

Come back to layer mask of layer "center", use brush to make the image come through like this picture below:

Continue to do it until the image looks good:

Create Layer mask for the top layer (layer "Right"), use the same brushes to make it come through too. This is what you get:

The Layers:

After using layer mask, choose Eraser Tool with brushes like this:

Choose the bottom layer, now use Eraser Tool to clear the border of image, this step will make it looks better:

Continue with its top & bottom, now you get this:

After this step, choose Layer Center

Clear the top & bottom:

You will get this:

Continue to clear with Layer Right, your result:

Merge 3 layers together and name it "main". Make it be into Black & White (Desaturate) by press Ctrl + Shift + U.
Go to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen to make it looks sharp.
Go to Layer > Adjustment > Level (or press Ctrl + L), and set option like this picture:

Duplicate layer Main twice and put them below layer Main, set opacity 23%. Move 1 layer to left and the other to right. You will get this result:

Open this texture and drag it into your file. Put it on the top and move wherever you like:

Set texture into screen mode. Choose Elliptical marquee tool and set option:

Make a selection and erase unnecessary areas:

Duplicate the texture, move & erase like the picture below:

Duplicate texture last time and move it to the right side of image:

The Layers at this time:

Well, I think you've finished your work. If you wanna decorate more so you can put brushes, text... into it.

This is the final result
(Click on the picture below to see full size)

CLICK HERE to download brushes used in this tutorial
Rate and discussion this tutorial
tsu t.sudonimy@gmail.com said on 2008-05-28 16:05:38
This is a wonderful tutorial! Where did you get the brush you used with the eraser? E-mail me please!
psg said on 2008-05-28 22:05:20
there is the link to download the brushes at the end of this tutorial, plz check it again
slacker said on 2008-05-29 08:05:20
i also can't find the link for the brushes. could you send it pls?
slacker said on 2008-05-29 08:05:27
oh sorry. i've got it :D
tsu said on 2008-05-29 16:05:21
Oh. I see it! Thanks a lot!
Amy said on 2008-06-13 13:06:28
I am at the step that you start erasing the siders, but I just can't find the brush you use.. I downloaded the brushes from at the bottom of this page, but I just can't find it..
visitor said on 2008-06-06 08:06:24
wow nice tutorial.I am complete noob at photoshop.really appreciate,keep up the good work and thanks.

Cloud No9 cloud-number-nine@hotmail.com said on 2008-06-22 03:06:22
I'm afraid I cannot locate the brush set for erasing borders too! It's a pity!

Looking forward to your reply...
psg said on 2008-06-24 06:06:02
May be you've got these mistakes:
-You didnt select the right layer which contains image that you wanna clear the border.
Layer mask -> use brush tool to erase inside border. Layer (normal) -> use eraser tool to clear outside border. Did you select the wrong layer?
tom said on 2008-06-29 11:06:25
I downloaded brushes and cannot find this one that you used with eraser. Please help!
jacques jduvenage@vodamail.co.za said on 2008-07-02 13:07:47
This is a excellent tutorial.Please e-mail me the brush when you used the eraser.
mau said on 2008-07-03 12:07:29
when I use the brushes it doesn't works, they are white:s maybe you know it??

maureen (from holland so sorry for my bad English):P
psg said on 2008-07-12 20:07:37
@mau: Can you let me know more details about the problem? or you can go to Contact section in this site to send me an email?
Dyosa rmarlynjade@yahoo.com said on 2008-07-24 07:07:34
Hello, love this tutorial. just want to ask what font did you use on this? thank you.
saM said on 2008-07-27 16:07:43
i can't find the brush that u used for the eraser tool..it's not there and i didn't do any mistakes..:-< very nice tutorial..i love it but i can't do it because of the missing brush:(
psg said on 2008-07-28 10:07:28
@saM: sorry about this, i will update it soon
psg said on 2008-07-28 11:07:06
I have updated the brush to use for Ereser, people can download file tut54.zip at the end of tutorial again. After that, decompress that file and then load file brush1.abr contained in it to use as shown in the tutorial. I'm so sorry about this mistake.
saM said on 2008-07-29 02:07:22
No problem:) thank you very much:D:D:D
lola rzh14@hotmail.com said on 2008-07-31 23:07:28
I have adobe 6 and i cant seem to find anywere to layer mask!!?? help?
Cash cash.casmirotaru@gmail.com said on 2008-08-01 09:08:07
I like this tutorial and am going to do my daughter poster as a present for her birthday. but one question remain for me. what type of fonts did you use.
lastly please keep us fresh with some of ya new stuff.
psg said on 2008-08-02 04:08:21
@lola: Sorry, we dont have photoshop 6 to test this one, but in higher versions of photoshop(7, CS, CS2..) it located at the the place as shown in step 2 of the tutorial, you should to update to higher version of photoshop.

@Cash: We used the font Janeausten, you can go to dafont.com, 1001fonts.com.. ect to find it.
Marc said on 2010-01-26 05:01:59
The retouching is poor! beginner-style. Look the area of the sofa corner fades into the two other pictures- not clean, rough and too hard. The idea is good!
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