Digital Scrapbook Tutorial | Layering with Several Blended Areas

Hi everyone, Ona here to bring you another digital srcrapbook tutorial. In the last few tutorials we have been discussing using masks and blending modes. I thought for this weeks tutorial we would put it all together to create a layout using these techniques. If you haven't read the earlier tutorials then please pop over and have a look as they are the basis for this one.

How to Create and Use Layer Masks
Using a Hide All Mask
Using Masks to Blend
Using Blend Modes

This is my finished layout where I have used several masks along with different blend modes, read on to see how it came together.

Creating the layout:

Step 1 : Blending of Papers

As you will have seen from past tutorials, there are various ways of blending background papers together, for instance the Show All or Hide All layer mask, a clipping mask or, one of my favourite techniques, the Gradient Mask. Gradient masks give you a nice soft faded edge and are really super easy and quick to use. Use the steps below to create a Gradient mask.

a. Click the Mask tool to create a mask for your paper layer.
b. Make sure you are working on the actual mask, click on it to be sure.
c. Now click the Gradient tool from the Toolbar (it is grouped with Paint Bucket tool). Or you can press the letter G on your keyboard. 

d. Select the type of Gradient you want to use ie, Linear, Radial, Angle, Reflected and Diamond. Try them out to see what works best for your project. I used the Linear for my page.
e. Make sure you are on the default black foreground/white background colours. 
f. Select the Foreground to Background gradient preset as shown below

g. Now, using your mouse/pen, draw a line horizontally or vertically on your page. The direction you draw your line will determine what part stays in the foreground (the Reverse checkbox can be ticked or unticked depending on how you want to draw your line).
h. You can continue to redraw the line if you wish but if you want to start again you can get rid of the mask (drag the mask to the trash can) and get a new one. 
i. You can also use an ordinary black or white brush to either hide more or less of the paper as I did below.......... I ended up having to hide some of the grungy string on the Shine Bright paper layer as I wanted a smoother base for my text.

I kept all the paper layers at Normal and 100% Opacity.

Step 2: Preparing and placing the photo.

a. I selected the photo I wanted to use, ran an action on it and then placed it on my page.
b. I created a Show All mask and used a black brush to hide the parts I didn't want. I used a paint brush downloaded from the internet.
c. Next I duplicated the layer, note that by doing this you also get the mask. I wanted more definition in our faces so changed the blending mode to Multiply for this layer and lowered the Opacity to 22%. On this mask I used the black brush again to mask a bit more of the photo out.

Step 3: Placing the elements

a. From here it was a matter of selecting and placing the elements to the page.
b. As always I play around with the blending modes to see what they look like but don't always end up using them - but its fun to play!
c. On the overlay from Today is a Struggle, I used a Hide All mask on both copies and then used a white brush to bring back in the parts of the overlay that I wanted in that particular area.


Step 4: Finish off with journaling

To finish off I added some journaling and it was at this point that I went back to the paper layer and used a white brush to bring back some more of the smoother surface of the Shine Bright paper to cover the grungy string in the bottom Wake Up and Be Awesome paper.

There you have it! Once you start using masks you will wonder how you ever got by without them! :)

As always let's finish off with some Captivating Sista inspiration

By Zeneva:

Zeneva's comments: "For the first layer, I used paper 1 from Toucan Do it. I used the Artified threadbare template which already had a blended layer, but I added a mask to erase some areas so I could see more of my background paper. I then clipped paper 7 to the blended layer, followed by  paper 4  at 100% Linear Mode which I duplicated at 71% Screen. This shows the two papers blended together.

I combined some brushes from 'To Be Continued' and 'Aquarelle' to form a couple of different masks. The first mask, I clipped solid paper 10 from the same kit at 100% Linear Mode which I duplicated at 100% Screen. The second mask, I clipped Paper 5 at 100% Hard Light then duplicated at 100% Screen. For my third mask, I clipped my photo. 

For the photo itself, I used a Gradient Map to convert to black and white then duplicated it and used Linear Dodge at 49%, duplicated it again and used Soft Light at 100%.

For the remainder of the layout, I used various gradients and modes. For the pink ribbon, I duplicated it, with the copy having the mode Colour Dodge at 100% which really brightened it to be in-tone with the rest of the layout. For the blue frame sitting behind my photo, I changed the mode to Colour at 100%. The border was also changed to 100% Multiply."

As always Rachel and I would love to see any layouts you have created using a combination of masks and blending modes. Upload your layout to the Captivated Visions gallery at Sweet Shoppe Designs and link us up here on the blog if you like. By all means if you have any questions then please ask away here, I will be more than happy to help.

Until next time,
Ona :)