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Drawing blending into a photo

Dec 2, 2011 9:57 AM

Hi All


I've done a lot of postprocessing over the years but not that skilled in actual construction/manipulation. I have an idea of a picture that is drawing blending into a photo. Eg the left side of the picture being a drawing that blends into the photo at the right side of the picture.


As far as I've come is that I will start with a photo, import it into Illustrator. Do some sketching on top of one side of the photo. And then comes my challange.


How do I blend these two things into one picture where the drawing seamless blends into a photo?


Do any of you have some hints as how start this job?


Suggestions most appriciated

-- Søren

  • Noel Carboni
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    Dec 2, 2011 4:07 PM   in reply to Søren Langkilde Madsen

    Generally speaking, it sounds as if maybe you want to put the drawing and photo in a single document as two different layers, then use a layer mask on the upper layer with a gradient to gradually make the upper layer more and more transparent, so as to show the lower layer through.





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  • Keli Douglas
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    Dec 2, 2011 4:21 PM   in reply to Søren Langkilde Madsen

    The first and hardest part is finding two pictures you can merge together.


    Picture 36.png

    #2 Set your transparency so you can see the images over lapping. Move the shapes around to achieve the best overlay.


    Picture 37.png

    #3 Using a soft edge eraser start blending together the two images.


    Picture 38.png

    #4 Adjust you Brightness and Contrast to blend in with the original.


    Picture 39.png

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    Dec 3, 2011 2:00 AM   in reply to Søren Langkilde Madsen

    Funny, you should ask. I just found this really cool looking tutorial that I'm planning to use that covers blending an illustration with a photo.



    I think I'll change up that sketch over the photo in the real world step and just sketch on a white layer with a lowered opacity using my Wacom Inutuos3 tablet.

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