What I see as I look through my camera lens isn’t always what my artist side puts on a layout. Often, I don’t even know what a piece of art will look like until I begin experimenting. However, that’s the joy I find in creating, finding a different perspective than what I initially saw in my camera.

For this page, I began with a photo that I captured last week and file 4 of MultiLayered FotoBlendz No. 7. After working with my photo, I clipped copies to the different layers.

Next, I extracted the gates to the Victorian Garden from another photo and placed that over the first photo. While I liked the look, I didn’t think it looked as artsy as I wanted.

So I created a composite by pressing the keys command + option + shift + 6.

I turned off my composite temporarily and placed brush 1 from Cameras No. 4 on my page and changed the blend mode to linear burn.

I used the Elliptical Marquee tool to cut a copy of the center of the lens on the brush. I placed the copy just above the original and filled it in more with brushes.

I reduced the size of a copy of my composite and clipped it to the copy of the brush lens that I had created.

Next I clipped a larger copy of my composite to the original camera brush.

I placed brush 7 from Camera No. 4 below and clipped another linked copy of the photo to it. I placed one more copy of brush 1 on normal at 40% normal blend mode.

To emphasize the lens of the camera brush, I placed two threads from UrbanThreadz No. 14 and one from UrbanThreadz No. 3. I stamped some splatters from Splatters No. 1 on new blank layers and positioned them on a diagonal.

To finish my layout, I added a title and journaling explaining why I created this piece of art. I think it important for my family to know why I create from a different perspective at times.


Artsy Flowers


Variety of Greens


  1. Peg Rogers

    Linda, right from the start I don’t understand: For this page, I began with a photo that I captured last week and file 4 of MultiLayered FotoBlendz No. 7. After working with my photo, I clipped copies to the different layers.

    How do you clip to different layers?

    • Sorry Peg, that I wasn’t clear. For the first part of this page, I used the psd layered file 4 from MultiLayered FotoBlendz 7 rather than the png file 4 in that set. That meant I needed to duplicate and link the photo copies in order to clip it to the different layers. I usually start by clipping the first copy to the largest mask and then duplicate other copies to the stains, textures etc as needed. I also link those copies so they don’t accidentally move on me. I use a shortcut command for clipping a photo to the layer below: option + command + G. You can also go up to the layer drop down menu and scroll down to “Create Clipping Mask”. Does this help?

      • Peg Rogers

        Do you actually create a clipping mask to textures and stains? and when you say link the photo copies I don’t understand that either? Am I just being dense?

        • Peg, I often clip photos to the layers of a psd mask. Every layer of Anna’s psd masks can be a clipping mask, including stains, textures, fotoblendz. Since I have more than one layer acting as a mask, I duplicate and link my photo before clipping the copies to the different layers of a psd mask. This only makes sense if you are using Anna’s psd multilayer masks. If it is a png mask, I clip only one photo to the mask. Does this help?

          • Peg Rogers

            Yes that helps a lot. Thank you Linda I am anxious to try it.

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