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How to blend two images with Photoshop

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How to blend two images with Photoshop: Would you like to create artistic photomontages, such as those found around the Web and in which subjects are “pasted” on spectacular backgrounds, through transparency and gradient effects, but you don’t know how to do it? No problem: if you have Adobe Photoshop installed on your computer, you can do it in no time.

Maybe on the first try you will not be able to get a masterpiece, but I assure you that with a little practice you too will be able to create excellent photomontages. Come on, read the directions on how to blend two images with Photoshop that you find in the guide that I am about to propose and put yourself to the test immediately. I bet you will be surprised at the results you can get.

I anticipate that, in addition to explaining how to proceed with the desktop version of Photoshop, I will also show you how to act from the browser, through a special online service, and from smartphones and tablets, using an Adobe app useful for the purpose. So, are you ready to get started? Yup? Very well: make yourself comfortable, take all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next paragraphs and try to implement the “tips” that I will give you. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and have fun!

How to blend two images with Photoshop on computer

If you want to learn a merge two images with Photoshopthe first step you need to take is to import the two photos into the program by selecting the item You open… from the menu File (top left).

Once this is done, you have to copy the second photo and “stick” it on the first, blending the subjects you want to show in the foreground and the image you want to use as a background.

To do this, select the content of the photo with the subjects to be put in the foreground by pressing the key combination Ctrl + A on your PC keyboard (cmd + a on Mac), then copy everything by pressing Ctrl + C (cmd + c on Mac).

Then move to the other image: the one to use as wallpaper, and press the key combination Ctrl + V (cmd + v on Mac), in order to paste the previously selected photo onto it.

Now comes the fun part: open the drop down menu Normal which is located in the layer management panel (it would be the box at the bottom of the toolbar, on the right side of the screen) and select one of the many effects available to change the way in which the pasted image must merge with the background.

There are tons of blending modes to choose from: Overlap, Soft light, Drain, Multiply and so on: try them all and choose the one that suits you best.

Blend two images with Photoshop

You can also adjust the transparency level of the foreground image, using the slider Opacity located next to the menu for selecting the blending mode, and move / resize the photo you are working on, by selecting the item Free transformation from the menu Edit Photoshop and then using the mouse to edit the photo.

If you want to transfer a subject on a different background than the original photo, the procedure you have to follow is a bit more complicated, as you must first “cut out” the latter. How? I’ll tell you right away.

After importing the two images into Photoshop, following the instructions I gave you a moment ago, you have to select it magnetic lasso tool (by right-clicking on the lasso tool in the toolbar) and outline as precisely as possible the subject to be pasted on the other photo.

At the end of the selection, click on the button Refine Edge, located at the top right, to refine the selection and eliminate any smudges. All you have to do is move the various indicators to the right, such as Round up And Move edgeand click the button OKto save the changes.

If any of the steps aren’t clear to you, read my guide on how to crop in Photoshop.

Cut out with Photoshop

At this point, copy the selected subject in the first image by pressing the key combination Ctrl + C (cmd + c on Mac), and paste it on the other photo (the one to use as wallpaper) using the key combination Ctrl + V (cmd + v on Mac).

Finally, resize / move the subject pasted in the photo, using the technique seen before (then selecting the item Free transformation from the menu Edit and resizing and / or moving the foreground subject as you prefer) and that’s it.

To remove any residual smudges from your previous selection and make the colors in your photo more natural, use the tool eraser and calls up the tool Color balance from the menu Image> Adjustments Photoshop, trying to match the tones of the background as closely as possible with those of the foreground subject.

Overlay two images in Photoshop

When the operation is completed, when you are satisfied with the result, select the item Save with name from the menu File Photoshop and save the resulting image in the file format you prefer (eg. JPG, PNG, etc.). It wasn’t that hard, was it?

How to blend two images with Photoshop online

Photopea

If you wish merge two images with Photoshop online, you can use the online version of Photoshop or you can turn to one of the many web applications that allow you to blend two images in a simple way. For this guide I preferred to explain how to take advantage of this second possibility, since Photoshop on the web it is not free and does not work on all Internet browsing programs (only those based on Chromium).

One of the best solutions of this kind is Photopeawhich works on all popular browsers, without downloading additional plugins and without spending money (although it is possible to take out a subscription, which starts at $ 5 / month, useful for removing banner ads and supporting their development).

To use it, connect to his home pageclick the (x) that appears at the top right, to remove the welcome message, and translate the service interface into Italian by selecting the item Italian from the menu More> Language (top right).

At this point, select the item You open… from the menu File and select the first photo (the one to use as the “background”). Then repeat the operation for the second photo (the one you want to superimpose on the first one) and click on the tab relating to the image you want to superimpose on the “background” one.

Now, press the keys at the same time Ctrl + A (on Windows) or cmd + a (on macOS) on the keyboard, to select the entire image, and then the keys Ctrl + C (on Windows) or cmd + c (on macOS), to copy it.

Next, go to the tab for the image you want to use as a background and press the buttons at the same time Ctrl + V (on Windows) or cmd + v (on macOS), to paste the previously copied photo.

Now, if it is your intention to remove the background from the image you just pasted, hover the mouse cursor over the lasso tool and click on the entry Select with Magnetic Lassoin the menu that opens.

Trying to be as precise as possible, then, trace the perimeter of the subject you want to cut out from the background and, when finished, right-click on the selection made. Then click on the item Reverse present in the menu that opens and press the key Canc on the keyboard.

Then, to “soften” the selection a bit, click the button Refine Edgeplaced at the top, and used the tools present in the Photopea editor to complete the operation.

If you want, you can make the foreground subject transparent. Select, therefore, the level image in question from the layers panel (on the right), open the menu Opacity and use the adjustment barto change the transparency level of the image.

As soon as you are ready to do it, export the output image you have obtained by selecting the item Export as … from the menu Fileand choose the format in which you prefer to save it (ex. PNG, JPG, etc.) from the appropriate box. The game is done!

How to blend two images with Photoshop on smartphones and tablets

Blend photos

Are you going to merge two images with Photoshop on smartphones and tablets? Since Adobe’s only mobile app that allows you to do this is Photoshop for iPad (available only for iPadOS at a cost of € 10.99 / month, after a 30-day trial), I decided to tell you about a third party alternative that is useful for the purpose and is free and available for both Android (see if it is available on alternative stores, in case you have a device without Play Store) and for iOS / iPadOS: is called Superimpose Studio.

After installing and running it on your device, press the button Create new and, in the new screen that opened, press the button (+) Add (top left) and grant it the necessary permissions to work. Now select one of the two images to merge with each other and, if necessary, crop it using the editor you see on the screen and then press the button (✓) (top right).

Then, click on the button (+) Add (top left), select the second image and then reposition and / or resize the latter by dragging it to the point where you want to insert it (keeping a finger pressed on it) and / or spreading two fingers on the photo in question. In conclusion, click on the button Adjust (below) and adjust the transparency of the photo by moving the slider next to the wording to the right or left Opacity. When finished, click on the icon arrow pointing down (top right), so as to save the output photo locally.