1.) Let's start with our photo. I have chosen a photo with a dark (but still distracting and ugly) background.
2.) Drag your photo onto a new document. (For instructions on how to do this, click HERE)
3.) Now lets choose our paper. In this case, I want my layout to be very simple, so I've chosen a very subtly textured solid paper. But you can choose any paper you like. Drag your paper onto your new document with your photo. Go to your layers palette and click on your paper layer and drag it so that it is underneath your photo layer. (For instructions on how to do this, click HERE). Here's what your document should look like now:
4.) The first thing we want to do is make our photo lighter and brighter. Right click on your photo layer and choose Duplicate Layer. Now, you should see a drop down menu somewhere on your layers palette that is defaulted to Normal. These are your blending options. Click on the drop down menu and choose Screen. Your photo should brighten up quite a bit.
7.) Now, there is a bit of editing left to do. Choose your Eraser Tool from your tool palette(hitting "E" on your keyboard will also activate this tool.) and erase any remnants of the background. (You can also resize your eraser by clicking the bracket buttons on your key board. The Open Brackett ( [ ) will make your eraser smaller and the Close Brackett ( ] ) will make it larger. )
8.) Now... the photo still looks a little off to me since you can't see any of her hair... plus the image seems kinda dull to me. So lets do a bit of editing. Since her hair is darker than her face, i need to lighten it to get it to show up a little bit. (The blending mode of Lighten will usually bring out the lightest parts of your photo and make the darker parts disappear.) This was easily done by using the Dodge Tool. (You can choose your Dodge Tool from your Tools palette as shown below (or you can simply hit the letter "O" on your keyboard.) (You can also resize your eraser by clicking the bracket buttons on your key board. The Open Brackett ( [ ) will make your dodge tool smaller and the Close Brackett ( ] ) will make it larger. ) Now... click and hold and sort of drag it all around over her hair to begin lightening it. You will notice it start to appear. Continue this until you reach a look that you are happy with.
9.) Now, in order to define the photo just a bit more, I'm going to play with the Levels just a bit. Making sure your photo layer is active, go to your top menu bar and choose Image and then choose Adjustments and then Levels.
10.) Once your Levels window pops up, begin sliding the levers back and forth slightly until you are pleased with your result.
For my layout, I used:
Jefferson Font (available at dafont.com)
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