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The Art of Blending

Ready to Start Creating Masterpieces?

Transform Your Photos From Ordinary To Amazing With The Power Of Blend Modes—It’s Easy And Fun, And Will Make Your Family And Friends Say “WOW!”

Whether you’ve just dabbled with blend modes or you feel pretty comfortable using them, I invite you to step up to a new level of blending where you create powerful imagery and art from your photos.

Go ahead—take a seat in my digital studio and make yourself comfortable. Watch as I demonstrate new ways to use blend modes. I’ll share my favorite texture and blending overlays with you and teach you my personal techniques and shortcuts.

When it’s your turn to try your hand at blending, you’ll already know what to do and how to do it, but if you still have questions, you can contact me personally.

And when you post your photos in the gallery, guess which picture will jump out and grab the attention of viewers?

butterfly blended

Before

saddle mountain original

After

saddle mountain blended

Members Of This Class Have Said:

This isn’t the first blend modes class I’ve taken. I’ve had several from experienced, international, and well-known teachers. But most have left me more confused, with just a few handfuls of “recipes” I could use to get an image that was an exact replica of their example. Because of what I have learned in this class, I now feel equipped to continue to explore and use blend modes. I’ve been given a fish before, but you’ve taught me HOW to fish!
Sarah Schantz
Breinigsville, PA

My pages have gone to a whole new level. As a scrapper with absolutely no artistic training, this class was a must. Thank you so much.
Jo Campbell
Flatonia, TX

Before

gloves blended

After

gloves blended

Here’s What You’ll Learn In Class

Module 1: Infuse Your Photos With Emotional Power

Great blending starts with great photos that make an emotional connection with the viewer. I’ll show you ways to get that emotional power in the first section of the class. We’ll cover what to look for before pressing the shutter button, as well as after-the-fact power techniques that are easy to add in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
(By the way, this works with point-and-shoot cameras, as well as the expensive DSLR types.)

You’ll come away from the first week of class with a fistful of tried-and-true “recipes” for powerful photos and a stash of my favorite go-to textures to blend with your new-and-improved photos.

Module 2: The Magic Of Blending With White

Who knew blending photos with a white background could be so fun and versatile?

You’ll learn a simple method to set up a photo shoot and create a series of photos that are perfect for blend-on-white techniques.

Then watch over my shoulder as I teach you step-by-step how to apply the magic of blend modes on these special photos. (It’s easier than you think and involves a seldom used blend mode.)

Module 3: All Cracked Up

In real life, cracks and crackle usually mean one thing—age (think antique glazed porcelain), but in blending, they’re the bomb! I LOVE the effects I get from cracks and crackle, and so will you after you see this technique in action!

Soon you’ll be adding a bit of wear and tear on your artistic photos or using them to make a bold statement. And of course they’re perfect for anything vintage.

I have some amazing crack and crackle textures for you in this module. Some I created myself and others are from a master crackle creator (used by permission).

Module 4: The Color Wild Card

Color introduces a whole new (exciting) dimension to blending. Use color to control the mood of your digital blends, and find out which colors have a magical effect on your photos. Also learn how to minimize or remove the effect of color when it gets in the way of the look you want.

We’ll have fun experimenting with color in class, but if you’re short on time, you can use my cheat sheet to quickly get the super cool look you want.

Module 5: The Scrapper Factor

As a digital scrapbooker, you already have a blending gold mine at your fingertips. Isn’t it time you learned how to leverage your supply of papers and elements? I’ll show you how to do just that in Module 5. This will open a whole new world of blending possibilities.

I’ll give you plenty of personal examples, and I’ll even throw in my favorite scrapbooking supplies that are terrific for blending.

Module 6: Give It A (Blended) Edge

You’re probably familiar with photo clipping masks where you clip a photo to a shape to give it an interesting edge. (If you’re not familiar with clipping masks, don’t worry, I’ll show you that too.) In Module 6 we’re going to kick this concept up a notch and learn how to quickly create blended edges. That’s right, the blending creates the edges—if you use the right texture.

I’ll start you out with a set of my textures that are perfect for blended edges, but once you understand the concept, you’ll be able to easily create your own, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of doing this before. It works like a charm!

Class Members Created…

By Smith:

Sand Art, by Smith

 By FloridaGranny:

Edinburgh, by FloridaGranny

Module 7: Texture Hunt

Ready to get in the driver’s seat and have some fun? We’re going on a Texture Hunt! You’ll be amazed at what you can find when you know what to look for. (It’s like finding hidden treasure under your very nose.)

You’ll learn several methods of tweaking your textures to prepare them for blending. Once you understand these concepts, you’ll become a texture producing machine.

And don’t be surprised if your family joins in the fun. Past students tell me that family members become some of their best texture hunters. (It’s true. My husband is one of my best texture detectives!)

PLUS, to get you started, I’m going to share more than 75 great textures created by past students.

Module 8: Texture Explosion

In Module 8 we’ll approach creating textures from an entirely different angle. You’ll learn how to create a customized texture in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements that is perfect for your special photo. (This will greatly expand your artistic options.)

I’ll even show you one very simple way to create a new texture without any extra effort on your part. (I’m all for finding easy ways to do things!)

Texture Examples

Module 9: The Filter Connection

In this module we’re going to bring out the big guns and add Photoshop filters into the mix. If you thought your blending looked good before, watch out, baby! You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

I’ll get you started with my own favorite filter combinations and even supply you with pre-made Photoshop Actions—as in push a button and Presto! it’s done. (Woo Hoo! This is gonna be fun.)

Before

Venice Laundry Page

After

Venice Laundry Page

[This class] has changed the way I print my photos. Instead of just photographs displayed in my home, they look like works of art. I have gotten many compliments.
June Korte
Burlington, KY

While I did know a little about blending, now I know so much more and I love all the new things I can do. Thank you so much.
Judy H.
Iowa

Module 10: The Big Picture

If all you did was apply your new blending skills on photographs, this class would be worth every penny, but I want to give you an even greater vision for blended art. So, in our final module, I’ll demonstrate practical and creative ways you can apply these techniques on your digital projects.

For many of you, this lesson will be like turning on a light bulb, where you suddenly see the big picture of how versatile and practical blend modes really are.

Class Members Created…

By cheerio54:

Tower Bridge, by cheerio54

by BeckB:

Plaza de España, by BeckB

Bonus Video!

You’re going to love my bonus video where I interview Shirley Lewerenz (known as slewerenz in our gallery). She’s going to talk about her signature pages where she takes a great photo and turns it into a magical page using blend modes and other techniques.

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What Can I Expect by the End of Class?

By the end of the 10 learning modules, I guarantee that you’ll be confidently creating blend mode art to be proud of.

You’ll feel in charge every step of the way, from taking photos that work great for blending to putting all the elements of color, texture, and technique together to create unique and beautiful masterpieces!

Here’s MORE of My Students’ Work!

I love bragging about my students! Click HERE or on the image below to take a look at these great before and after photos and see what’s possible when you understand how to make the most of blend modes.

Art of Blending student sample

Over 300 Textures Included!

This class includes over 300 downloadable textures, papers, elements, designs, and crackle that you can use to blend with your photos and scrapbook pages. (These alone would be worth the price of the class!)

Student Textures

This class was a tremendous help to my scrapbooking skills!
Joan Storm
Colleyville, TX
I really learned to use the blend modes, not just for artistic effects, but to improve photos for “normal” use (contrast, details in animal fur, etc.)
June Ireland
Seattle, WA
One of the very BEST classes I have ever taken. I’m making better pictures and scrapbook pages.
Nancy Peralta
Buena Park, CA

Before

journey blended

After

journey blended

You have taken me far beyond what I thought I could do in digital scrapbooking. You are a great teacher and make the whole process understandable, which at my age (89) is remarkable. Thank you.
Maggi Fleming
Hawaii
This class pushed me to try many new tools in PSE. I found that I could take pictures that were just so-so and turn them into something special.
Joan Hagan
Williamsburg, VA

Are You Ready to Sky Rocket Your Creativity?

Here’s what you need to know:

Before

cup blended

After

cup blended

 

You Have Forever Access

If you have a busy schedule, you don’t have to worry! Remember, you have “Forever Access” to all classes at Digital Scrapper. That means you can go online at any time to view or download the video lessons and step-by-step manuals. And they’ll still be there if you ever (God forbid) have a computer crash.

If you’re on the go and have a few minutes, you can watch the videos on any smart phone or tablet that has access to internet.

Before the class, if I used one blending mode I felt unsure of my choice. Now I feel comfortable experimenting using multiple blending modes.
Kim U.
Kansas City, Kansas
I had immediate results with blending using the techniques taught, and the written instructions were well done and will continue to be an excellent reference.
Diane
Grand Junction

How Much Does The Class Cost?

This class is $97 for a full 10 modules of learning, discovery, and mastery with Forever Access to the classroom!

Premier members:* Take an additional 10% off the price by using your Premier discount code (you can always find the code on the top right column in your Member's area).

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I’m looking forward to seeing you in class!

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Linda Sattgast
Adobe’s Scrapbooking Expert

P.S. This class is your chance to break free from “just pictures” and become a real Photoshop artist.

Linda, [this class] has opened a whole new world for me! I have played with blend modes before but always found them frustrating and time consuming. I might stumble upon an effect but the view was never worth the climb! Now I understand blend modes and can choose a texture and a blend mode and get the result I’m looking for.
Peggy Wilmington
Delaware

*Premier members who remained current through the end of the Premier monthly membership program (December 2016) received a permanent Premier discount code.