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help with a photo "collage"
From your post, it seems you don't have a problem with the concept of layers, so sizing and positioning of your images is not a problem, it's just that you want to sit them onto your base image without hard edges.
OK. Well with Elements 2 you don't have access to layer masks, so you're going to have to feather your edges in a different manner.
Try doing a selection (rectangular, eliptical or otherwise) round the image you're wanting to paste onto the background, then click on Select/Feather to feather the edges of your selection.
Now Copy and paste onto your base image. This will lose the hard edges of your pasted pictures. The amount you feather will depend on the size of your images and your own preferences.
I attach a very quick copy of an image of my dogs to which I've applied this technique. This is not meant to be an illustration of a good collage, just an illustration of the effect of using this technique. (The inset photo is a crop taken from a relatively small photo, so picture quality is poor, it's the edge blend I'm trying to illustrate here, nothing else).
Hope this helps.
If this is not what you're looking for, please try and explain exactly what you want, preferably showing examples of what you're trying to achieve, someone here will be bound to be able to help.
Making a Great Collage in PE2
Here's what I do:
1) Either File/new or click the "blank" page at the top left of the screen. [I always use a saved page that is 8.5" high and 11" wide with a white background.] Simply adjust the dimensions and dpi (I use 300) to suit.
2) Open the first picture that you want to use.
3) Use the crop tool to select the part you want.
4) Drag the picture using the move tool onto your blank page, decide how big it is to be and then drag it using the move tool into position. (Remember when resizing to push Shift while resizing to keep proper proportions).
5) Repeat 2)-4) for all the pictures that you want.
6) Background. When I'm taking a set of pictures for a collage, I am always thinking about a backgound to use. E.g., for a recent trip to the islands, I took a picture of palm tree shadows on the sidewalk that I was on. Perfect for a background for those tropical pictures.
When you have moved your background to your creation, open the layers palette and drag the background layer to the bottom of the stack. Fade it to the appropriate amount (40-50% or whatever).
7) When I have enough pictures, I add a stroke (or 2) to each [Edit/stroke] and choose a colour from the picture itself. This helps separate the picture from the background.
8) If you overlap some pictures, be sure to add a drop shadow (Layer Style/Drop Shadow) to those pictures on top of others. It makes for a great result.
Hope this helps ,
John (a.k.a. Daddyo)
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