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Easy Combine Images using Blending Modes in Photoshop

Posted on 13th March 2019
For this tutorial, you will need some images to blend together. *

1 - In Photoshop, open the Image you chose as Background.



2 - Bring the other image/images you want to use into the Document.



3 - Keep adding until you are done and use “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T) to fit them into the file if needed. Click on the small check mark on the Top Menu or hit “Enter” to “Commit” the changes.





4 - You can hide the ones that you are not working with by clicking on the small eye icon on the left side of their Thumbnail then, use “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T) to Resize and/or Rotate the one you want to modify. Click on the small check mark on the Top Menu or hit “Enter” to “Commit” the changes.



5 - Change the “Blending Mode” to “Darker Color” to blend the image to the background.



6 - Turn the other image/images back On (clicking on the small eye icon on the left side of their Thumbnail). Enter “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T) and right-click on top of the image and choose “Flip Horizontal”.



7 - Without leaving “Free Transform” you can Rotate and or Resize the image. Click on the small check mark on the Top Menu or hit “Enter” to “Commit” the changes.



8 - Change the “Blending Mode” to “Color Burn”.



9 - If you still have some noticeable edges create a “Layer Mask” by clicking the small button at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”.



10 -  Make sure that Black is your “Foreground” color and that you have the “Mask” Thumbnail selected and use to the “Brush Tool” (B) with a Large and Soft Brush (between 300 - 400 px and 0% “Hardness”, 100% “Opacity”) and “erase” the portions of the image you don’t want.





11 - Your Artwork should be similar to this.



* The results may vary depending on the images you chose and the “Blending Modes” you are using. Some will “Lighten” the image/s (Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge (Add) and Lighter Color), some will “Darken” (Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn and Darker Color), others will create “Contrast” (Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light and Hard Mix) and others like Difference, Exclusion, Subtract and Divide will “Invert” or “Cancel” some portions of the images. Hue, Saturation, Color and Luminosity work on the “Components”.

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