How To Use Photoshop CS2 – Blending Images Together

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I must admit blending two images together in Photoshop is my favourite. In this tutorial you’ll be using the Apply Image Command and the reason we are using the Apply Image Command is because it allows us to blend or apply a layer and channel from one image with another imag. You can also channel off another image. Personally, I think this way gives you a better end result.

The first thing you need to do before you get started is to find the two images you’re going to use. See images below.

Image 1


Image 2


Now you need to Select your primary image. Your other image is your source image.


Next you need to duplicate your background layer on your target image. You’ll see your background layer in your layer palette on the right hand side. To duplicate your image just Press Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac).

If you’re happy with this, the next step is to go to the top of your screen and select “Apply Image” and you’ll see a dialog box appear. You’ll notice a selection of different options, in the middle there is an option which says “Target”. This gives you the information of which two images you’ll be blending together, plus you’ll also notice that the target image is in RGB mode.


The next thing you need to look at is the “Source Image”, which you’ll see at the very top. This just shows you the currently correct selected “Source Image”. In this tutorial we will only be dealing with two images, but if you had more images to blend then you could select more from the source box.


Our main goal here is trying to blend two images together, so you need to have the following settings in.

Source: Your Source Image

Layer: This will be set to Background

Channel: RGB

Target: Is your target image

Blending: Overlay

Opacity: This is how much you want both images to blend together. I would normally have this set to 100% but please play around with this setting.


You’ll see there are two more option tick boxes at the bottom, “Preserve Transparency” and “Mask”, but for this example we don’t need them. If you have some free time just apply a tick in each box and see what the outcome is like in your final image. Remember you can also undo each process. See image below for final outcome.


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July 7, 2009

Matthew WATTS @ 1:24 pm

Cool photoshop tutorial on how to use photoshop blending images

Steven Skittley @ 1:25 pm

Blending images has to the coolest thing in photoshop!

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Great newbie photoshop tutorial on how to use the blending technique in photoshop cs2

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