How To Blend Photos in Photoshop

Photoshop makes it easy to stitch two or more photographs together seamlessly. This is useful for creating everything from movie posters to product packaging. Follow these simple steps to master blending photos in Photoshop:

1. Open Your Images

First, open the images you want to use for your document. It’s easier to work with images of a similar size and orientation, but you can get excellent results with any high-quality photographs. Using the Move tool, drag the image you want to use as the top layer into the destination window.

2. Resize the New Image

With the new object selected, press Ctrl + T (or Cmd + T for Mac) to bring up Free Transform. Resize the image while holding Shift to maintain the aspect ratio. Once you’re satisfied, press Enter.

3. Create a Mask

With the new layer selected, click on the New Layer Mask button at the bottom of the layers panel. A layer mask will appear next to the selected layer.

4. Choose a Blend Style

In Photoshop, any editing of the layer mask affects layer transparency. Set background and foreground colors to white and black, and then use one of the following methods:

Using a Gradient Effect

  • Click on the gradient tool or press G. Select a gradient style (linear or radial are helpful for blending) and then drag the cursor in the desired direction.

  • Go to Window > Properties to open the Properties panel. Use the feather slider to give the mask a softer appearance.  

Using a Brush To Paint a Custom Mask

  • Select the Paint tool or Go to Window > Brush Settings. Choose a brush with the style, size and softness you want.

  • Paint directly onto the layer mask. Any portions in black will fade your image, leaving the white areas untouched.

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