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Blending multiple pictures into a background

 12:33 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

i Have to be making this background that is going to be used consistently throughout our documents. The person telling me how to make this, does not understand the concept of design and wants me to make it look good, when his ideas are tacky. Are there any tutorials out there that teach you how to make a background out of multiple pictures?

Any help



 1:14 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

How about "screening" the images? Changing the transparency on them to make it where they are not overbearing. I have done this on more than one occasion, and the effect is actually quite pleasing if done right.

There are always solutions to giving your client 'their way' while maintaining a professional look.

But in the end, if they still want it to look like a 6th grader put it together, that choice is ultimately theirs, and then you have a decision to make:

1) Take 4 Advil, Give them what they want and take their money

2) Walk away and explain that your work is of a higher caliber ... That this project isn't worthy of your portfolio, thus isn't worth your time.

I do feel for you ... I really do. Check out on of my posts about a similar problem, and maybe you'll get a few ideas or some inspiration :0)


-- Zak


 1:47 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have done a lot of screening and different layer styles but its hard positioning all of these images in a nice way.



 2:04 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

So Zak, what was the outcome with the client in your other thread (just finished reading, and you left us hanging;-) )?



 2:28 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

He did leave us


 4:07 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

If I understand you right, you want to make a montage of photos as the background. Is this correct? You might be able to make it work . . .

Do you have Photoshop? In there, under "Layer" there is a "Layer mask" option; Select "Reveal All" Then you can play with the transparancy of the layer mask, using gradients, the eraser tool, etc. By placing other photos over or under you can meld multiple photos together into one fluid background. It takes some practice to get it looking good, so start playing.


 10:00 pm on Jun 14, 2005 (gmt 0)


I am still battling it believe it or not! I have until Labor Day to finish the site which (because of the difficulties with these people) has taken a 'back burner' compared to some other better paying (and more tolerable) jobs. I have a MySQL database and a input front-end to create for their inventory/current stock page and I'll be done with it. Whether I want to SHOW it to any of you is another thing! ;0)

-- Zak


 1:54 am on Jun 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Eloquency! You can sell turds with it!

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