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Tutorial | Create a Mottled Background with FotoBlendz

By Thursday, November 12, 2015 (MST) 2 Comments

Creative Team Member, Miki, shows us how to create a  custom Mottled Background with FotoBlendz clipping masks.


1. Create a Foundation. Create a new 12×12 layout at 300 dpi. Open and drag your paper onto the layout. A solid works best for the base.


2. Select a FotoBlendz Overlay. Open and move an ArtsyPaper from ArtPlay Palette of choice onto the layout. Drag a FotoBlendz of choice onto the layout below the paper layer. Clip the ArtsyPaper to the FotoBlendz (Cmd/Ctlr Alt G). Move the paper around to get the effect, color, or texture desired.


3. Add more FotoBlendz Overlays. Place the FotoBlendz Overlays horizontally and vertically, clipping papers of your choice to the masks. Make adjustments as you go along by moving the FotoBlendz or paper for smoother blending of the colors.


4. Add Photo. Open and drag your photo onto the layout. Clip the photo to a WaterColor FotoBlendz (Cmd/Ctlr Alt G). The photo was duplicated several times and clipped to several Watercolor FotoBlendz masks, I link the photos together so that they maintain their positions relative to each other as you move them.

See the video MultiMasking with FotoBlendz for further guidance.


5. Embellish. Finish the page by adding WordART, Textures, ArtsyTransfers, Elements and Brushes.


Click on the above photo for additional process notes and supplies used.

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  • pam p says:

    So what are the main differences between regular FotoBlendz and FotoBlendz overlays? Just curious. Love this tutorial, Miki.I have much better results and feel like I am using regular photoblendz correctly but feel like sometimes I am missing something with overlays.

    • Anna Aspnes says:

      Hi Pam, it’s just a matter of how my naming conventions have evolved over the years. ’12 X 12′ and ‘Overlays’ are the words I use to describe FotoBlendz Clipping Masks that accommodate the majority of a 12 X 12 page or extend from one side of a page to another. In other words they tend to be a little larger than the standard FotoBlendz. I hope this helps.

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