Photoshop provides a wide range of photo editing methods, among these is the techniques of merging two or more different photos. We can merge the two different photos or make a beautiful collage in Photoshop using a powerful tool call Layer Mask. The layer mask tool allows us to create beautiful graphics by combining several images into one continuous image.
In this tutorial, Shaw Academy explains you how to combine multiple images using Photoshop:
First step, you need to do is to open the 2 images in Photoshop which you want to merge. You can easily do it by dragging the images into Photoshop.
Open the first image that you want to use as foreground and press Ctrl A to select the entire photo.
You can also use the selection tool to select the specific section of the image, in case if you don’t want to merge the entire image.
After selection, press Ctrl C, to copy the selection and open the image which you want to use as a background image. Then, press Ctrl V to paste the selection into the background image as a new layer.
Then, open the layers’ window and double-click to type “Layer 1” name, you can choose “Foreground” as the layer name, then press “Enter.” The original image layer will be displayed as “Background” on the layers’ window.
Click on the Layer Mode list with the “Foreground” layer selected.
Choose the method, you want to blend the two layers. There are two options – Normal and Pin Light. The “Normal” option places the foreground image on the background image. The “Pin Light” option replaces the colors of the foreground image with a background image and create amazing effects.
Adjust the two merged images by dragging and then click on File and select the Save As option to save the new merged image.
As you have seen, merging photos is easy in Photoshop, but finding images of the same resolution and color-space is not so easy. If the images are not matching the new merged image file will look bit artificial because of a color mismatch. But don’t worry, Photoshop is having one more amazing feature of changing colors. You can easily remove the original colors from the photos and fill your own colors to give the new photo a real look.