Photoshop Tutorials: Blending two images together

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All Photoshop users know how much power the tool has in doing things you can never possibly imagine. If done correctly, it can turn any person a Hollywood star with perfect body structure; it can turn an old building into a new one, and a lot more. Photoshop has a lot of tools and all of those have particular uses that can conspire to create the perfect project for you. In this article, you will be learning how to blend two (2) images together.

Step 1: Two images that you want to blend

Of course, you would not be able to push through with this project if you do not have two (2) images, right? So you need to first ensure two (2) images, probably two that will blend together nicely; make sure they have the same resolution and color space. Open both in Photoshop.

Step 2: Combining the images firsthand

We need to contain both of the images in the same project. This can be done by just dragging; place your cursor anywhere in the image. Click and drag the image to the place where the other image is resting. Be minded that the image that you dragged will become the top layer.

Once you see that both layers are in the same project, everything is set. We can now go with the 3rd step which is

Step 3: Adding the layer mask

In our previous lessons, we learned what a layer mask is, right? For a quick refresher, layer masks in Photoshop are used to accurately control the transparency of the layer they are part of. We also mentioned there that it can be used for things like this, if you remember.

Now, we need to click on the “add layer mask” button; this is the square symbol with a black circle in the middle at the bottom right part of our panel. This creates the layer mask for you which is transparent and if you remember, painting black paint into the mask allows you to reveal the image underneath that layer mask. Painting white however, erases the revealed layer.

Step 4: Painting it black

Smother the area that you want to be seen in the blended work with black paint so it will show and for it to be stopped from being hidden. Be mindful that there are touches when you are painting so be sure to select the option that is smooth when you paint.

Step 5: Details

After painting it black, we can now see the blended image. Tweak the detail by selecting blending modes, changing color, opacity, and anything that you think can improve the image for it to look more authentic and professional.

So that is all you have to do in order to blend two (2) images together nicely. You can use this for creative designing or if you have projects, for posters, etc. We hope that this helped you in any way. What is the result of your blending? Let us know in the comments section below.

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