October 12, 2012 / Fall 2012 / Photoshop/Illustrator

Photoshop Fun: Fading photos together

Written by Jamie Chambers

Photo illustrations can be created to represent a change. Nothing shows a transition from old to new better than blending a photo of a past scene into the photo of the scene in its current state. In a few easy steps, you can create such an illustration.

One of the most important steps is finding the right photos.

Take notice of whether the angles and proportions of the buildings are similar, as well as the size and resolution of the two photos.

1. Once you have two photos selected, open both of them in Photoshop.


2. Consider one of the photos your working file. Copy a layer of the other photo into the working file photo, so you have two layers in the working file.

3. With the top layer selected, add a Layer Mask using the Layer Mask button at the bottom of the Layers palette. Notice that a new white thumbnail has been added to your layer.

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4. With the white thumbnail selected, select the Gradient tool. Make sure the linear gradient is set from black to white.  When you paint black into the mask, it allows the image underneath to show through. Where it is white, the underlying layer will be hidden. Start on the left side of the image and drag the gradient diagonally across the image. The top layer should automatically fade into the bottom layer.

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5. Use the Brush tool to add or remove any sections of the old photo by switching the paint color between black and white. Remember, black will “paint away” the image and white will “paint it back in.” Use a soft brush for best results.

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Jamie Chambers

Jamie Chambers faced two career path choices in college, and lucky for Walsworth he chose art over accounting. He has been a creative influence for Walsworth for 17 years, currently as Design & Creative Concepting Supervisor in the Marketing Department. For 10 years, as an artist and supervisor for the Creative Services Department, Jamie traveled to workshops to collaborate with yearbook staffs to develop their covers and theme packages.