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Fanart tutorial

Ok I've never written a tutorial because there was never the need but someone asked so I thought, why not.
Please let me know if anything is unclear (as I'm sure it will be). :) This is done in Photoshop 7, and there are a lot of images, so let them download. :)

This is the finished product.

1. First open a new document, I'm using size: 800x600 with a white background.
Then go ahead and open the photos you are using. I'm going to use three of Julianne Moore.
I usually stick with around three photos because it tends to look messy with more than that, but it all depends on how you arrange them.

2. Next you want to arrange the photos where you want them for the blend. You are going to want them to overlap and it is ok if some of the main features are a bit covered because you will blend them out later.

3. Now we are going to mask out just in the middle so that the pictures blend together. We will worry about the edges later. I usually only worry about one picture at a time and hide the ones I'm not working on. I never mask with a sharp edge brush, you won't get a very seamless blend that way.
So I selected my first two photos, hid the third one, and selected a watercolor type brush. In the layers menu click on the second photo, the one you want to blend. Then select the mask button at the bottom of the layers menu, which is the button that looks like a box with a circle in it. You want to make sure your foreground color is black. Then start brushing the edges of your picture.

If you make a mistake, it's ok, change the foreground color to white and brush back over the mistake, it will bring the picture back.

4. Once you have the first picture blended the way you want, do the same to the second picture.

5. After that you should have three pictures that look blended together but the main edges should still be there.

6.Next you are going to want to flatten the image.
7.Then make a duplicate of the layer.
8.Desaturate the duplicate layer.
9.Add a new layer to the top.

10. With this new layer we are going to paint some color. You can choose what ever colors you want but the brighter shades with be bright and the darker softer shades will give it the aged look. I like to go with darker purples, pinks, yellows, greens.
You want to choose different colors and paint them in various blobs all over the layer. I usually just cover the whole layer but it's up to you.

11.Next you want to use a gaussian blur on the layer. For this one I used one at 87 pixels but it's up to you how much you want the colors to blend into each other. Play around with it.
Then I set the layer to overlay blend mode.

12. The colors looked right but the image was too dark, so I played with the levels. I selected the desaturated layer and went to Image>Adjustments>Levels. I set this one to Input levels 0, 2.01, 202. But once again, play with it and find what you like.

13. Now for me the colors were still a bit too bright. So I selected the color layer and went to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation and put the saturation to -42

14. The color looks good so now I move on to brushes. I like to use a lot of smoke, mist, antique type brushes because they don't make specific pictures on the blends but instead give it depth. For this type of blend i like to use the bruses in white because I usually put them on an overlay blend mode. I make a new layer for every time I use a brush. So one click of a brush and then a new layer. That way if I don't like it, it's easy to get rid of. It doesn't matter if you can't really see the brushes when they are on overlay because they still give it some texture.
You can see I added 10 layers with brushes and all are on overlay, I did lighten the opacity on a few. It just gives it a textured feeling.

Now it's time to give it the borderless look and take care of the sharp lines.

15. First you want to flatten the image.
16.Now if the image is locked (it will have a little lock in the layers menu) like mine, make a duplicate and delete the locked layer.
17.Add a new layer under the image layer. Fill it with white (or black depending on what color you want the underneath to be)

18. Now we are going to mask like before. Make sure the image layer is selected, the mask button has been clicked and the foreground color is black. Now start masking out the edges. Don't be afraid to erase things.

Right now we are just trying to make it borderless, we will do the texture next.

19. Now, once you have it the shape you want, it's time for the textured bit. Stay with the image layer and masking square selected. We are going to brush like we did earlier but instead of with color we will mask it out. I like to use brushes that are scratches, blotches, spatters, that sort of thing. Select a brush, making sure the foreground color is black and click on the image near the edges of the picture. It should make the image of the brush but in white, because it's deleating the image.
Keep using different brushes and clicking until you get the edges the way you want.

And that is about it. I'm guessing that this made no sense, so please feel free to ask me questions. :)


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Apr. 16th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC)
This looks so great! I love when people can show me how to do new things in Photoshop, especially when the end product is so gorgeous! I don't have the time to look over it right now, but I'll definitely be trying this one out in the near future ;)!

And I fully appreciate how much work when into this: thanks :-*!
Apr. 16th, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC)
I know it probably is vague in spots so let me know if something is unclear. I hope it helps with having some photoshop fun. :p

You are so very welcome.
Apr. 16th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
I love you. I've been trying for a week to make a decent blend for a new journal layout, and although I've managed to come up with some simple ones before, this is really what I needed to do what I've been trying to do. Wonderful! You should post a link in icon_tutorial, if you haven't already. I know it's not an icon but since I'm the mod who does most of the stuff, I guarantee you it'll slide. ;)
Apr. 16th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it could help someone. I wasn't sure if it would make any difference, but someone asked me to write it.

Apr. 16th, 2004 10:47 pm (UTC)
awesome! thank you so much! this is wonderfully helpful. i'll have to bookmark it and try it when i have my next day off :)
Apr. 19th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC)
*adds to memories*

Thanks so much!
Apr. 19th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC)
I've added this to my memories to play with at a later time. Thanks :)
Apr. 19th, 2004 11:07 am (UTC)
I've been wondering how to do that, but I haven't had the time or patience to work it out. Thanks for sharing! ^_^

*adds to memories*
Apr. 19th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
This is wonderful! Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together and share it.

*adds to memories* I hope you don't mind. :)
Apr. 19th, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC)

You are my hero. Seriously. I've been trying to get the hang of blends and it's been a trial. I was looking through the memories in icon_tutorial and wishing there were more tutorials on blending (at least for PS because PSP is the devil). Gosh. The blend you did is so beautiful.

Would you mind if I asked you questions if I have trouble? I'm very unfamiliar with masking so I might have some questions.

Apr. 19th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
Of course you can ask questions. It's hard to write these things, because you never know if you are being clear enough. Masking is scary at first but once you get the hang of it, it's wonderful. I never really use the eraser tool any more.
Apr. 19th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)

*adds to memories*

...and you just HAD to use Julianne Moore, didn't you?

*wipes drool off keyboard*
Apr. 19th, 2004 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for writing the wonderful tutorial because I tried to find a tutorial that is explaining about blend but nothing specular (sp?) as this.. Thank you for working so hard and writing these.. :hugs; I'm sorry for my lousy grammar.. :( Anyway, I'm adding this to my memories!
Apr. 19th, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)

i have been making blends for a while but i learned some new and great things here!

and the finished image is breathtaking!

thanks so very much!
Apr. 24th, 2004 11:43 pm (UTC)
Thankyou so much! I just read it and tried it out and it helped me so much! Mine's not as good as yours but it will come with practice :) I added it to my memories, hope you don't mind.
Apr. 24th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
No of course I don't mind. :) Practice is exactly what it takes. I'm still learning a lot of stuff too.
Jun. 1st, 2004 04:34 am (UTC)
This tutorial is absolutely fantastic! By far the most helpful one I've found yet. But I've got a question: where do you find your brushes? Because I've scoured the internet, and I still haven't found anything that creates the effect that yours do. Help?
Jun. 1st, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
Thanks. The best place to find brushes is here


Not only do they have a bunch of brushes but it also has a search engine if you are looking for something specific. That is where I find most of mine. :)
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Jul. 15th, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic! It really is, thank you so much!
Aug. 6th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
can this be done in photoshop?
Aug. 7th, 2004 12:17 am (UTC)
That's what I did it in was Photoshop. :)
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Sep. 14th, 2004 12:26 am (UTC)
ah. thank you so much for making this. I had absolutely no idea how to blend without making a cheesy pic. :) this was so easy to follow...
Oct. 14th, 2004 07:51 am (UTC)
Thank you
Thank you for such an easy to follow tutorial. I've always wondered how those beautiful images were made!
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Oct. 15th, 2004 05:32 am (UTC)
That turned out great! I'm glad my tutorial could help. :)
Apr. 8th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
This is so amazing there are no words. Thank you! (Maybe someday you'll do one on how to make those black and white icons (at the top of your post) look so good?
May. 8th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
This is EXCELLENT! I just made one following this tut, thanks!
May. 14th, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
this is an awesome tut!! =D
here's what I made

=D <33
May. 15th, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
That looks really good! :)
Jun. 29th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
how do u get a water color brush?
Jun. 29th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
If you go to the brush search engine from here: http://veredgf.fredfarm.com/vbrush/main.html
and search for water color you should be able to find some.
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Jul. 13th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
This was so awesome. Thank you for making this tutorial. The last tutorial that I used for blending confused me so much that I gave up on it. This was so easy. =D Thanks!
Jul. 14th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
great tutorial, I'm adding it to my memories for future use! thanks!
Aug. 9th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
This is the first Photoshop tutorial that I've tried, thankyou for making it so easy to understand!
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