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    How to blend like a pro.

    How to blend like this:

    The first and the most important step is to pick a very majestic and simple render. A good render would be a render that is already in an identical(almost) to the desired background, and in good quality.
    Good render:
    Bad render:
    Step two: Choosing the background
    The background should be less colorful and confusing as the render. If you choose a wong background, your outcome could be a render completely hidden by the background.


    These two steps could take over 30 minutes(by my experience) don't rush while choosing these two images. Your whole outcome depends on these two simple, but important steps.





    Third Step: Thinking
    Yes, the third step is the thinking part. Take at least a minute to imagine what you want your outcome would look like.

    Fourth Step: Identifying
    With the render just on the background, try to find a good spot to blend like I did with the clouds. Look for brighter and darker areas of the background and the render. Any blending is possible... Remember, this tutorial isn't meant to be followed exactly. Be sure to be 100% creative in this step. Try choosing 2+ points to blend the render to.

    I chose these three points:


    Fifth Step: Under the render
    Under the main render you are using should be some lighting going on under the blending spots to stop that 2d look and create a more popping of the render while still creating great blending. PUT IT ON OVERLAY in a lower opacity than 80%

    I decided to place some small 007 texts on the left as a detail for more eye circulation and the light streaks on hard light to draw the eye to the render.


    Now, try editing the render to make these small details could show at least a little bit.

    I copied 2 of the same render for more density to the erased parts.

    and over it


    Step six: Creating a great focal/blending
    Create a new layer set on overlay and with a small softbrush, brush so that it would only cover the render, but add extra brushing to the blending spots. You will notice that the lighted spots under the render will look like it's actually comming out from under the render.


    Step Seven: Creating depth
    On this step, I will show you a way to make the background look a lot closer to the render.
    Get a simmilar image to your background, or just a different
    part, Preferably something in a lighter color. Erase the parts of it that doesn't touch the render or the blending spot, except some parts of it that you think would be looking good. Now, erase the central part of the render with a soft brush, dont erase the edges!
    Now Put that layer on overlay.


    You will now notice some color differences.
    This will be fixed later.

    (OPTIONAL)
    Add some textures on overlay on the sides for more details and reduce of plainess


    Step Eight:Gradient
    Here is the most important part of the making of blend.
    Add a gradient map(Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map) this must be b/w. Now set it on darken. You will notice that it have fixed the coloring problem while creating more depth/blend/flow and keeping the important colors.

    Now make a lighting layer identicle to step six, but on about 30-60% opacity and on overlay.

    Step Nine: Improving quality and visibility
    Make a hue/saturation adjustment layer saturation: -49 and lightness: 8. Set it on screen, 50% opacity


    Step Ten: Creating a fitting color
    Create a photofilter. Mine was set on blue. Yours could be anything, depending on your signature and idea


    Step eleven: Deleting details for more blending
    Create a new layer, and goto Image>Apply Image
    Now blur to make an image simmilar to this:

    Make two of these, each blurred in different settings.
    One, on the bottom should be in overlay, 100% opac.
    Sencond, on the top should be in overlay, 40-60% opac.


    Now, after adding a border, the outcome should be well blended






    -DORADO- DOnt RiP PLEAAS
    THANK ME
    MY NEXT TUT WILL BE BASED ON BLENDING FLAMES
    Last edited by Dorado; 11-10-2009 at 09:10 PM.



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    Brizingir (11-10-2009),Heath (11-11-2009),Hyak (11-10-2009),Nexulous (11-11-2009),Trunky (12-07-2009)

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    pfft i could blend better

    nawmang i messin gj on the tut

    heres my best blended

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    THX!
    I was waiting for it

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    nice tut man. i see your trying to be gfx.

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    Duh .



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    Damn bet that took some time. Good work on that.

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    didn't take too long.



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    Lawl, just another part of the process of making a well rounded signature. Nice tut.

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    who iz u?^

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    pretty good tut, seems that like everyone that posts in this thread gets banned... lawl, thx for the tut anyways
    Gift from ECsTaSY

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    Dude, im not trying to be a dick or anything... but thats not good blending

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    lol&u

    lemme see you blend >.>



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    Quote Originally Posted by Iforgot View Post
    Dude, im not trying to be a dick or anything... but thats not good blending
    Dude, not trying to be a dick but, Yes it is. and if you dont think so then you do better or gtfo.

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    ahahahahahahahahahahahaha. how cute, a noob thinks this isnt good blending.

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