This works with artwork or photos, but in this article I will refer to the subject as artwork. At the end of this post, I include images that I have stitched together using this method.
This article assumes that you know how to get your artwork onto the computer, and that you are somewhat familiar with Photoshop Elements. Before trying this exercise, please read through the entire article including the tips at the bottom. You may have some questions that will be answered there.
These directions focus on Photoshop Elements 7, but I formerly used version 2, and that is where I first began to practice this technique.
If you know how to place the layers together in one file, overlapping to match the edges, skip to Number 6. I now launch into the steps:
- A copy of the Photoshop Elements program. This lesson mainly addresses version 7
- Artwork that has been scanned in two pieces, which can overlap enough to give you some room to erase. Alternatively, you may use two photos that you would like to stitch together
- Step 1
- Step 2
Click "file > new > blank file." In the small box, enter 5200 pixels for width, and 2200 for height. Make sure it says "pixels" there, and not inches or something else. At the bottom of the box, you'll see "Color Mode" and "Background Contents." Keep the color mode at RGB. I always make the background transparent because the tiny gray tiles aid in placement.
- Step 3
in the new file, but will also still be in the file from which you took it.
- Step 4
- Step 5
- Step 6
In the upper left of the main window of the program, click "Default Brushes" and choose a blurry brush. I normally set the opacity to 100%, although it will not be 100% in the blurry edges. The "[" and "]" buttons will change the size of the brush. Now you will carefully erase parts of the overlapping portion of the top layer.
You are trying to make the erased edges blend into the bottom layer so that it appears to be one piece. Be careful not to erase to the point of exposing the transparent background. Stay in the area of overlap. Zoom in and zoom out frequently; zooming out is the equivalent of stepping back to get the whole picture. Don't get frustrated; this may take some practice. I am left-handed and use my right hand on a mouse to do this.
- Step 7
- Step 8
- Step 9
Below are a couple of samples of artwork stitched together in the manner that I have just described.