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3.5 How to Blend in Photoshop Using Layer Modes

Welcome back to Introduction to Photo Manipulation and Adobe Photoshop. In this lesson we will be covering how to blend in Photoshop using blending and layer modes. Right now, our subjects are just kind of sitting there very copy pasted feeling. There are countless ways to help merge things into their new environment, blending everything together. But I want to show you my favorite and quickest ways, all relying on blending modes. This works particularly well with any kind of grassy, lush landscapes like we have here. Let's start by duplicating the landscape group and then right-click and Merge That Copy. Now let's clip the landscape copy into our rocks, adding a layer mask to the layer, and then setting its layer mode to Lighten. Using a soft round brush, we are going to mask out the top portion of the rocks, leaving the bottom of the stones covered in grass. This already looks so much better, but we are not done yet. Duplicate and clip the grass layer into the rocks below its original grass layer. Setting the new layer to multiply. This will help darken the areas behind the grass, making it less shear and floaty. Lighten and multiply are an absolute dream team. And while they won't always work in every scenario, when they do work, they work beautifully. So I encourage you to experiment with these two layers much more. Now all that is left is some fine tuning. We can start by changing our brush color to white going back to the screen layer and adding in a bit more grass. Once happy, you can flip to the multiply layer and add and subtract as needed. Try and zoom in real close and make sure the edges don't look too terribly feathery. If you need it, you can change your brush size to one or two pixels and mask in individual little blades of grass. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be perfect, this is where time and patience will really pay off in the end. And once you are happy with the stones, you're going to repeat the same process on the model the exact same process, same layer modes and all. Don't fiddle with things too much, however, as coming up we will be diving into a lighting and shading effects. And we can always come back and refine the grass at absolutely anytime as shading and shapes change. This is Introduction to Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop. See you in the next video.

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