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Photoshop Layers Blending modes

Photoshop Layers and Different Blending Modes

Photoshop Layers are one of the most important and powerful features in Photoshop CC and Elements. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to remove the background of one image, while adding the subject to another image. It is called “Blending Layers”.

Let’s get started!

I have this picture of a toy camera and want to remove the background. Then I want to add the camera into another photo. What is the fastest and easiest way to do it?

1- Open the background photo in Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Blending layers

Background image

2- Drag and drop the new photo on top of your background image.

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3- In Photoshop CC and C6, it automatically creates a smart layer. In other versions go to Filters>Convert to Smart Filter and create a smart layer

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Convert to Smart Filter

4- Now that you have a Smart Layer you can resize and re-position it.

5- Go to “Blend Mode“. By default it is set to “Normal“. In drop down window, select “Multiply

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In Blend Mode select Multiply

6- Now go to “Adjustment Layer” and select “Levels

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Adjustment Layer for Levels

7- Adjust the Levels for new blended layer to your taste

Photoshop Blending layers8- And job is done in no time!

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Final image

This simple process works best when your added subject is on a solid, white background.

Blending Layers in Photoshop offers many different options. If you want to learn more about blending Layers, register for our Photoshop Layers and Mask class. It is a two part program specially developed for beginners to intermediates to understand the importance and power of Photoshop Layers. Photoshop Layers and Mask workshop starts on August 13.

I will post more tutorials about blending layers.

Until then, Happy Photoshopping!

 

Ted and Omnilargess Team

 

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