BLEND TWO PHOTOS TOGETHER with a layer mask
Layer masks open a world of imaging possibilities that you just cannot create with traditional tools. Using a layer mask to hide parts of one image and reveal parts of another, you can design images that are sure to grab a viewer’s attention. You can create very dramatic effects using a layer mask to blend one photograph into another. For example, you can blend a photograph of a wedding couple into a photo of the bride’s bouquet. You can also create comical effects with this technique if, for example, you blend a photo of a potato with a photo of a person lying on a couch.
You can start by blending with a gradient on the mask and touch it up with a brush or simply brush on the mask. As you paint with black on a white layer mask, the top image becomes visible. If you
Paint away too much, simply reverse the colors and paint with white. This technique is especially effective using a pen tablet. By setting the painting brush to respond to pen pressure, you can easily control how much of the image you reveal with each brush stroke.
1. With the two photographs you want to blend open, click the Move tool.
2. Click and drag the photo you want to blend on top of the photo you want for the base.
Optionally, you can click and drag the top image layer to adjust the position on the base image if necessary.
Note: If the images are the same
size and resolution, the top image
will hide the base image.
3. Click here to set the default colors so that the Foreground color is black.
4. Click the Layer Mask button. l A white layer mask appears in the Layers palette.
5. Click the Gradient tool and select a gradient style from the Options bar.
6. Click the layer mask to select it.
7. Click and drag in the image to apply the gradient to the mask.
Note: You may need to click and
drag several times to get the effect
30 that you want.
The two images blend
8. Click the Brush tool.
9. Select a large soft-edge brush from the Brush drop-down palette.
10. Paint in the image using black to touch up the mask and reveal more of the background photo.
11. Click here to reverse the foreground and background colors.
12. Paint with white to fill in areas where you have painted away too much of the base image.
The white paint strokes bring some edge
details of the base image back, making
the top image appear to blend into the