Render Blending

Render Blending
Difficulty: Easy
Description: Find out how to blend renders into your Photoshop images!
Author: Pokey; Date Added: 2007-06-25; Views: 30270
There are a number of ways that you can blend your render into its image. Here is a list of ways that you can blend renders into your Photoshop images.

First of all, you can simply make it the same colour as the rest of your image. for example, if you have a blue sig, just colour the render blue. You can do this by clicking on the render layer, and pressing Ctrl+U. You will get an effect similar to the one below:

This is basic, but can have some good effects.

Secondly, you can make the render fade into the background, like so. Keeping in mind that you can still colourise it if you want, as I have:

How do you do this? First of all Ctrl+Click the thumbnail of your render layer, this should make it a selection. Then go to Select>>Feather. Then choose a feather radius, I chose 15 for mine, you you should experiment a little bit. Anyway, now you should invert the selection by pressing Ctrl+I. And now, while still on the render layer, hit Delete on your computer keyboard, and you should end up with a faded render that's blended in quite nicely.

But who the heck said that your sig has to have 1 colour? Spice things up a bit by having multiple colours in there! First of all, desaturate your sig, this can be done easily by going to Layer>>New Adjustment Layer>>Hue/Saturation. Tick the colourise box and slide the saturation all the way down to 0. Go to Layer>>New Adjustment Layer>>Colour Balance, and mess around with the settings a little. Remember that you can use more than one layer of Colour Balance, so feel free to add as many as you want until you get a pretty good looking sig with the render blended in quite nicely. If you're too lazy to experiment, then I have a downloadable file with Colour Balance layers here.
In the end, you might end-up with something like this (Note that I have not used the downloadable colour balance file for this):

Brushing. I think that a mixture of brushing and one of the above methods can create a good mix. You can get brushes to look good around your Render. If you need brushes, check out deviantArt, or look at's very own brushes! Anyway, if you brush on the edge of your Render (I used the Sparkle Abstract Brush Set) and combine several effects, you could come-up with something like this:

Note that in this image, I used Colour Balance (Although only one layer of it), Brushing and Feathering!

Now, you can also blend your render into your website, well, in a way you can anyway. By using .png transparency (Or .gif transparency, but it doesn't usually look as good) you can make your render 'pop-out' of it's background. This is pretty easy to do, so let me guide you through it.

First create your background, i'm going to use the same one i've been using throughout the tutorial:

Now get your render, remember that it needs to be bigger than your background to, well pop-out. You'll need to make the document bigger than your images background too, say, about 15-30 pixels bigger. Anyway, by simply pasting the render in, and by doing a bit of colour adjustment, you can get a pop-out sig. Please note that I recommend saving in a .png format using transparency, although .gif transparency will work in most older browsers, .png will make the render look much better with less jagged edges. Below is a comparison (Best viewed in Firefox or IE7 at least):

Which would you rather look at? Myself, i'd rather look at the .png one with no jagged edges, so I recommend going for that.

I hope that you all find this tutorial useful, and I hope that this helps you in your Photoshopping!