A few weeks ago, a Simple Scrapper reader asked how to blend photos into the background with PSE. It is surprisingly easy!

To start, let’s select a photo and a paper. This paper is from Amanda Heimann’s Lucky kit.

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Then, add both selections to a new page, with the photo layer on top.

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Create a new layer and use the gradient tool to create a color-to-transparent gradient.

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Move the new gradient layer to beneath the photo. Use Ctrl/Cmd+G to clip the photo to this mask.

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You can use the full spectrum of gradients to serve as your mask. Your creativity is the only limit. Experiment to see what works for your scrapping needs!