Paint Shop Pro Tutorial: Blend Images

Computer software makes it possible to blend images together to create a seamless and attractive piece of artwork. Blending images together is easy thanks to digital editing packages like Paint Shop Pro. Follow these steps to successfully create a blended image.

Step 1 - Loading the Original Images

First, click File and Browse to open both of your original images into Paint Shop Pro. Evaluate your photos, and make any corrections if necessary. If you are working with photos of people, remove any blemishes and marks, as this will be much easier at this stage.

To get the best results, the background image needs to be at least as big, if not bigger than the foreground image.

Step 2 - Piecing the Images Together

Decide which picture will be used as the foreground and select it. Press Control + A to select the entire image and then Control + C to copy it to the clipboard. Now go to the image that you are using as the background and select Edit, Paste as New Layer. This will paste your top image over the top of your background image in a new layer. It's important here to select paste as new layer otherwise the rest of the process won't work.

Once the images are on top of each other you can now use the move tool from the tool palette to move the image around. This will ensure that it's in the right place and that the finished image will look perfect. It's worth taking time to get this just right.

Step 3 - Adjusting Colors

Next you can adjust the colors of the background image, to do this press Shift + L to bring up the colorize options. This step is optional but will make your blended images look like a real movie poster.

Step 4 - Creating a Mask

Select your foreground image and then click on the Mask Show All button in the layers palette. This will make paint shop pro add two extra layers automatically. One of these is a mask layer which is a very powerful tool to use when editing photos. Click on the mask layer and then carefully use a black brush to paint around the outline of the face. If you make any mistakes then you can use the white brush to correct them. These black and white marks will not be visible, you are simply creating a mask. Take your time doing this so that you can create a good effect.

Step 5 - Viewing the Image

Next you can hide the mask layer in the layer palette so that you can see the image in its entirety. If you're happy with the image then save it so that you can print it at a later date.

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