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How to blend in Photoshop

The blend feature is one of the tools that Photoshop offers in its toolbox. Your image can be noticeably improved in terms of appearance if applied appropriately. Even merging together several straightforward images can give a fashionable touch and liven up a plain image.

Here’s a guide on how to blend in Photoshop.

Blending images via adjusting opacity

The most simple approach to combine photos in Photoshop is with this technique. By changing the opacity settings for individual photos when you combine, say, two images, you essentially produce a mix effect.

Step 1: The photographs you want to combine must be opened in your Photoshop window. Copy and paste them into the image file you wish to blend them with after that.

Now that these photos are in the Layers section, we can apply the mix there using the opacity slider.

I’ve copied and pasted three GPU images onto a blue background as an example. My goal is to create a blending effect by differentiating each image with a distinct opacity number.

Step 2: To merge a layer into the main image, click it (which, in my case, is the blue background). Choose the Opacity tool, and adjust the number to your needs by reducing or increasing it.

I haven’t changed the opacity of my first layer, but I have decreased the opacity of my other two layers to 60% and 40% in order to highlight the differences between the various mixes. Once completed, this specific image can be used to depict, for example, earlier GPUs, which would be represented by the two layers on which I’ve decreased the opacity.

Blending images via the Layer Mask tool

You can create a blend effect in a more precise and thorough manner with the Layer Mask tool.

Step 1: Select Add layer mask after clicking the image (layer) to which you wish to apply a blend effect.

Step 2: Click Gradient, which is the primary tool used for blending photos through a layer mask, on the left side of your Photoshop window. Please be aware that if you can’t find it, you might need to right-click the Paint bucket tool and choose Gradient from the drop-down menu.

Step 3: On the image you want to blend, drag the gradient tool within a specific area.

I can be seen dragging my mouse to apply the gradient blend in the initial portion of the photograph. The outcome of that gradient blend is the second section at the bottom.

Observe how the gradient blend has now erased the bottom portion of the GPU that just didn’t appear right and out of place.

Step 4: In order to apply a successful gradient blend, trial and error is helpful. In light of this, you can use various blending effects by selecting a different gradient design in the selector for the gradient tool.

Several gradient styles are available next to the gradient picker for your use. Which are:

  • Linear gradient
  • Radial gradient
  • Angle gradient
  • Reflected gradient
  • Diamond gradient

The subsequent section, Mode, has a list of additional blending modes that you can use with the gradient tool. To view the various modes, including Luminosity, Soft light, and Lighten, click that drop-down menu.

Layer blending modes

There are several Layer blending modes in Photoshop that you can utilize if you want to add some extra blend effects.

Step 1: Select an image you want to apply a preset layer blend to.

Step 2: Click the Normal field in the area below the Kind section. Pick a pre-made layer blend.

For illustration reasons, I configured the middle GPU with the Pin light mix while applying the Multiply blend to the first GPU in the image below. The final GPU displays the Luminosity mix.