My iPhoneography image { you and me } is very much a doodle ~ they often are. That said as soon as I introduced the car, I knew what I was looking to achieve.

iPhone photography apps used:

iPhoneography - you and me

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PhotoForge2 layering, masking and blending was only used right at the end of the process but it was so critical to this image that I wanted to take a slightly more in-depth look at this process. I have looked at an alternative iPhoneography app – Superimpose here and here.

The focus of this post in on one part of the process. The full process detailing all iPhoneography apps used can be viewed at iPhoneography workflow { you and me }.

PhotoForge2 ~ Layers, masking and blending:

Note – the image at each stage can be viewed slightly larger if necessary by clicking on it.

Open Image ~ and open layers:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - open image

Layer ~ add a new layer:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - select layers

Layer ~ select a new image as a new layer:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - new image as new layer

Layer ~ new image forms new top layer:

Note – PhotoForge2 allows up to 5 layers to be created / active at the same time. In the absence of blending or masks the top layer hides all other layers:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - layer created

Layer ~ re-order layers by dragging. In this example the new image is to serve as the background image:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - reorder layers by dragging

Layer ~ tap twice to activate layer menu and select the option to add a mask:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - click twice layer to activate menu

Mask ~ tap the white mask area to create the mask:

In fact the layer is already fully masking the background layer so we are actually selecting to edit / erase the existing mask:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - create mask

Mask ~ select the option to paint the mask:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - edit mask

Mask ~ adjust the brush settings:

Note: a white mask is fully opaque, therefore the darker the colour of the brush the more the background image will be revealed:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - adjust drawing settings

Mask ~ iPhone screen real estate is pretty valuable so get the settings options hidden once you’ve set them:

Note: You are left with just a view of the mask. Not entirely helpful at this stage so next we choose a more suitable view:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - hide settings

Mask ~ the second option for viewing shows you the top layer and the effect of the mask you are adding in real time. This is handy for referring back to but not my own preferred view:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - mask view 2

Mask ~ the third option for viewing shows a red translucent layer representing the mask and highlights the extent to which the mask has been removed / edited. This is my preferred view most of the time:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - mask view 3

Mask ~ Paint Mask:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - paint mask

Mask ~ adjust brush settings to increase the darkness of the brush and therefore increase the extent to which the background image will be seen:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - adjust settings

Mask ~ Continue painting mask with revised settings:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - paint mask

Mask ~ The completed mask. Sometimes this view is handy for making final adjustments:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - mask view

Mask ~ View the effect of the mask on the foreground and background layer and choose whether to accept or continue editing:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - image mask accept

Layers ~ with edited mask:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - layers with mask

Completed Image ~ Export:

PhotoForge2 iPhoneography - final image


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