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aileen cockburn
 

How to Make a Photo Translucent


I want to use the photo as a background for other photos. Thanks!


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9/14/2007 2:12:53 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Sure,

Just dial down the "opacity" setting and save it as a new file.

Pete


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9/14/2007 7:14:40 AM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Aileen, actually, you will have to decrease the opacity of the image on top in order to see through to the photo you want to use as a background. With careful layer masking, you'll be able to see both in full opacity by painting out portions of the top layer.


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9/14/2007 2:22:55 PM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  If I understood the question, Aileen wants to use a photo as a background, but not fully exposed. That is how I understood it. John is right, by the way, in that the "translucent" photo you wish to make must be reduced in opacity. The only way to do that is to make a COPY first of the background (photo) you want to use. You can then dial down the opacity of the COPY and move it to the uppermost layer.


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9/14/2007 8:48:21 PM

 
aileen cockburn   Thanks, guys, I have managed to do it with your help! Aileen


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9/15/2007 1:50:50 PM

 
Rich Collins
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/24/2005
  This question's answer seems not so obvious to me. Is there a tool selected which allows for Opacity dial down? Or is this done through another method?

Once a Copy (Duplicate?) is made, then what?


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9/18/2007 5:11:32 AM

 
Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
 
 
 
Rich,

It is really not a tool. In Adobe PS it is a slider that appears above your "layers" on the right side of the screen.

When you first bring in a photo to Adobe, it is called the "background" layer. You can not adjust the opacity of this layer; so you need to make a copy of the layer. Only the (copy) can be adjusted with the opacity slider now.
Once you set the opacity as you want, you can delete the (background.) You now have a translucent photo.
If you bring in another photo, you can place it above or below the (copy) in the layers box by simply dragging and dropping.

Here is just a example of translucency. The two photos are easily reversed so one will appear over the other.

Hope this helped a little and didn't confuse you further.

Pete


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9/18/2007 5:29:29 AM

 
Rich Collins
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/24/2005
 
 
  Opacity of Sisters
Opacity of Sisters
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HI Pete, Well I finally got around to trying your example. Let's see how I did. I opened image, copied, decreased both Opacity & fill to 22, opened 2nd image, move tool. Voila. Now if I can successfully add to this text.....

Thank you Pete.


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9/23/2007 6:40:37 AM

 
Linda Buchanan   I have been trying this and I am missing something. Could you give the instructions step by step please? When you duplicate, do you duplicate the image or in layers? I am not doing something right. Thanks!


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9/23/2007 6:08:25 PM

 
Rich Collins
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/24/2005
  Hi Linda, I've only done this once & I don't have PS open at present but as I recall I opened any image, I drag down to the Copy Background icon at the bottom right of Layer Palette,& release. Now you will have a Background Copy. click on this to highlight & here you can move sliders of both Opacity & Fill to whatever degree looks right. Save then close the Background.

Now open another image if you like & the Move Tool will place it where you like over the background Copy. Then click to highlight this one, & slide away again for the look you like.

I think I remember this correctly. Let us know how this worked. If it didn't I'll try again.


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9/23/2007 8:39:49 PM

 
Linda Buchanan   It still isn't working right! Grrrr

I think I am a photoshop idiot! Does anyone have the time to go step by step, literally, on how to do this? I am missing something somewhere. Thanks!


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9/24/2007 10:54:25 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  You can start with opening the background photo. Make a duplicate layer of the image(that's the one you end up fading)
Make a new layer and fill that with white or black(or any color you like), and move this layer so that it is in between the duplicated background and the original background.
Open the foreground picture and select all of it or the part you want.
Copy or cut the selected part and paste it on the background picture.
If it wasn't the correct size before pasting, you can resize it with the transform option.
Choose the dup bckgrnd layer and use the slider for the opacity, and flatten when you're done.

Or you can start with a new background(ctrl N). Make it any color.
Then open the background photo, cut or copy and paste it on the new bckgrnd.
Then open the foreground photo, cut or copy and paste that on over the bckgrnd layer.
Resize if you need, and use the slider on the bckgrnd layer to change the opacity. Then flatten when you're done.


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9/24/2007 1:07:17 PM

 
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