Here’s what I mean when I want to learn about blending. I have these video tutorials (Creative Live) but it’s in PS and it was way over my head when I watched them. They are composites but with lots of blending of layers and using layer styles and all of the above mentioned in the forum here.
As an example, the beach one has, near the top (above the words), the lid of a garbage can from a city park and it was blended into this background for effects/texture and you wouldn’t even know it.
They are beautifully blended (believe me there is a lot of different layers in these layouts) and you cant see any hard lines from the different layers. I’d like to be able to learn that.