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4 Digital Blending Techniques in Photoshop

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Digital blending is a set of techniques that allow you to combine different versions of the same image (or different images) into one. The final image is created by revealing and hiding different parts of each layer. These techniques typically involve using layer masks and varying techniques for manipulating them. However, there are also techniques that do not rely on masks at all. In this article, you will learn a set of basic digital blending techniques that allow you to deal with most situations in which you need to blend layers.

How To Digitally Blend a Single RAW file by Jimmy McIntyre

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Digital blending is a technique by which you blend selected regions of one photo with regions from another photo to combine the best aspects of both images. Of course, this is also possible for set of more than two images. One typical use case is manual HDR where you blend the well-exposed areas of each photo in a bracketed series of shots. But digital blending techniques are not only applicable to multiple exposures. While that's usually how these techniques are used, you can actually use the same technique to blend a single photo with itself, or rather, with a different version of itself. In the video below, Jimmy McIntyre shows you the basics of this technique.

5 Ways Blend If in Photoshop Will Blow Your Mind by Blake Rudis

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You may have stumbled across the Blend-If controls in the Layer Style dialog box in Photoshop. But chances are that you did not even notice them, let alone recognized that they are actually a very powerful tool. Blend-If is one of those tools that is not self-explanatory and that does not make you want to use it straight away. The reason is that, by itself, it does not do a lot other than letting you select a range of tones where the layer and the layer below are going to be blended together. Sounds cryptic? Watch the two videos in this post to gain some insights into this tool.