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Chapter 15. Collage > Adding The Head

Adding The Head

At this stage, the fan of leaves was feeling rather done, but lacked a background. A stylistic head was the next element to tackle. I opened it in Photoshop and dragged it into the book cover document using the Move tool. A problem developed after scaling the head layer to an appropriate size and moving it to the bottom of the Layers stack. All the leaf Smart Object layers ended up looking like they were printed on top of the head because they were all set to use the Multiply blending mode (Figure 15.157). Since the Multiply mode was needed to cause the leaves to print on top of each other, instead of obscuring each other, I selected all the leaf Smart Object layers and chose Layer > Smart Objects > Group into New Smart Object to nest them into a new Smart Object. That solved the problem because the individual layers that make up a Smart Object cannot interact with layers that are found outside the Smart Object. A Smart Object can only interact with the underlying image as a whole and the blending mode for the newly created Smart Object was set to Normal, which prevented it from interacting with the rest of the image (Figure 15.158). Grouping the leaf layers into a Smart Object also had the added benefit of greatly simplifying the Layers palette (Figure 15.159).

Figure 15.157. Set to Multiply mode, the leaves looked like they were printed on top of the head.



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