Other than having a coffee at a Barnes and Noble, I have no other recollection of where or rather I should say what book I found this technique in. All I can recall is that it was a book about photography and flowers. This one technique caught my eye and I took a picture of the technique with my phone. Long story short…tried it a few times, forgot about it, got a new phone, forgot the instructions were even in the phone, looking for something else on phone and guess what I found? Right! So this is how you “sandwich” a photo of a flower. I am still using PSE9 even though I do have Lightroom now (really must get to working on that).
1. Open your flower image of choice
2. Duplicate the image and change the blending mode to screen
3. Duplicate the background image again (but make sure it is above the first copied image) and then change its blending mode to multiply
4. Go up to Filters >Blur>Gaussian Blur and move the radius slider to suit your taste (mine opened at 40 and after playing around with it a bit I left it there)
Now you have the option here of leaving your image as you now see it or do what I did. I really liked the soft look of my rose but there was something about it that bothered me so I added an adjustment layer and used a soft round brush at 20% opacity and painted over the center of my rose bringing back some definition and highlight.
And here is the final result.