Photoshop Technique: Compositing with Blend Modes

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: July 19, 2010

Category: Videos

I thought I’d start the week off by posting a recent Photoshop tutorial that I put together for last week where I go through a technique for combining images to create ‘composites’.

With the enhanced Refine Edge function in the latest release of Adobe Photoshop CS5, making selections has never been easier. However making a selection is one thing but dropping that selection into another image and making it look realistic is another. This is where blend modes can come into play as you’ll see in the following video where I take an image that I shot in a studio against a white backdrop and swap that backdrop for one ‘more fitting’ to the look and feel I was after but still managing to include fine details such as hair; and what’s more, it’s all done extremely quickly.

Enjoy 🙂

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  1. David Kelly

    Hi Glyn,

    Hope you’re keeping well.

    Nice tip here – I was very interested in how you got that textured layer as a background when you initially posted those images of Danny. Glad to see just how straightforward & easy it was 🙂
    I always find it enlightening to see how much can be achieved by layers blend modes. As much as Photoshop keeps adding new features with each new release e.g. Content Aware Fill, it’s amazing to think that a feature that was available right back in version 3 (I think) of Photoshop is still so powerful.



    • Glyn

      @David…Good to hear from you mate and yeah all is well this end.

      Glad to hear you liked the tip and yeah you gotta love those blend modes 🙂


  2. kelley

    Fantastic post. A great reason to move into CS5

    Thanks, kelley

    • Glyn

      @Kelley…The great thing about this tip Kelley is that you don’t need to have CS5; just make use of the blend modes in whatever version of Photoshop you have installed and you’re rocking 🙂



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