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Tutorial | Create a MultiMedia Background

By Thursday, January 28, 2016 (MST) 2 Comments
 Creative Team Member, Laura, explains how she uses MultiMedia Elements to create a Background Montage in Adobe Photoshop.


A montage is nothing more than a collection of elements arranged to form a unified whole, and since MultiMedia Elements are coordinated in color, style, and theme, it’s easy to use an array of them to create a unified custom background for your page design.

1. Create a Foundation. Create a new 12 X 12 layout at 300DPI Open and drag a solid background onto your layout. Arrange your photo/s on the solid background paper. In this holiday layout I used extractions of two photos.


2. Add MultiMedia Elements. Arrange a selection of MultiMedia Elements behind the photo/s. I chose Multimedia Christmas Trees No. 1 both for their geometric shapes, which contrasted nicely with the round wine glasses, and the color, and also matched my daughter’s sweater.

Since MultiMedia Elements are delivered in layers, you can easily grab the layers you want when you want them, so I started by adding only the basic tree shapes. Add shadows you the elements as desired.


3. Position Additional Layers as Desired. I arranged the Star, Snowflake, Scatter, and Brush Layers form Multimedia Christmas Trees No. 1 both in the background and foreground. Experiment with Blending Modes—for example, I found that the color of the stars picked up the color in the wine glasses when blended with Overlay Blending Mode. Learn more about using Blending Modes in AnnaBlendz LIVE.


4. Tweak the Montage. Zoom in and eliminate any stray pixels with layer masks and/or the Eraser Tool. Add additional background elements if desired to add balance and/or interest.


5. Embellish. Adorn your layout with a Title, Journaling, WordART, and Elements.


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

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  • Su Hall says:

    I guess I didn’t look at this tutorial very closely as it was holiday-themed and, well, I was over the holidays. Sorry. This is a nice tut! Learning how to layer elements and a photo is definitely an art!
    Thank you so much!

  • Shirley Kimbrough says:

    This is so helpful because the layering concept will work for any layout style, not just for Christmas. Thanks again for your wonderful, precise tutorials. Hugs 🙂

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