• How to Use Page Fades in Photoshop and PSE

    Katie Pertiet's Page Fades Masks are a wonderful product that make quick work of fading or blending photos and papers on your digital project. Using a Fade causes your paper or photo to "melt" into the image below it. You can use them to create custom background images by blending together two papers, a paper with a photo or any combination of two images.
    This is a great way to use your favorite photo as a background image.

    The Page Fades are super simple to use. Here's how:

    • Begin by opening a background paper, a page fade and a photo in Photoshop or PSE.
    • Get the Move tool and drag the page fade and photo onto the background paper. To move the Page Fade, I find it easier to drag directly from the Layers Panel onto the background. Otherwise, drag from a dark (opaque) portion of the fade.
    • With the Move tool still selected, drag the photo layer above the fade in the Layers Panel. The order should be photo at the top, fade in the middle, paper at the bottom. Resize the photo if necessary to completely cover the fade. If the photo is too small, you'll still see the black mask around the image. With the photo layer selected, press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) and use the corner handle to resize the photo. If your photo is getting distorted as you drag the handle, hold the Shift key as you drag to keep it in proportion.
    • Once the photo completely covers the mask, select the photo layer and create a clipping mask by pressing Alt Ctrl G (Mac: Opt Cmd G) in Photoshop. If you are working in PSE, press Ctrl G (Mac: Cmd G). Alternatively, you can hold the Alt key (Mac: Opt key) and click between the photo layer and the Fade layer in the Layers panel.
    • Select File > Save As and give the paper a new name so that you donít accidentally overwrite the original paper file. Save as a layered PSD or TIFF file to save the layers.

    With some images, you might like to see a bit more of the paper showing through the photo.

    To achieve this, select the Fade layer in the layers panel.
    • Locate the opacity slider at the top right corner of the Layers panel. Drag the slider to the left, watching the photo on your document, until you are happy with the results. Reducing the opacity of the photo layer will allow the Fade Mask (black) to show through. By reducing the opacity of the Fade layer, you'll get the effect you want.

    Customize your projects with a designer look by combining images with Page Fades. Although they pack a visual punch, they are actually easy to use.