How to Blend Three Images Together in Photoshop CS2

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How to Blend Three Images Together in Photoshop CS2
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The Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop software may be your choice for tweaking your digital photographs to remove redeye and dust specks or brighten up an image, but don't rule out CS2 for other creative projects, such as combining images for a collage, website banner or portfolio. With a couple of clicks in Photoshop, you're able to blend multiple images together, creating a layered look without any of the mess of actual cutting and pasting.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open Photoshop CS2, click the "File" menu and select "Open." Browse to the location of the three photos to blend. Photoshop supports multi-click, so if all the photos are in one area of the computer, such as your desktop or an image folder, press and hold down the "Ctrl" key on the keyboard, click once on each of the three images and click the "Open" button on the screen. All three pictures tile into the workspace. If they're located separately, repeat the "File" and "Open" process until each are on the screen.

  2. 2

    Select one picture to be the main image and click it to give it focus. Click the "Window" menu and click "Layers" to open the "Layers" palette. Currently, just one layer, Background, is showing. Right-click the Background layer, select "Duplicate Layer" and type "Main" into the "As" box, which defaults the words "Background copy." Click the "OK" button, and a new Main layer is added to the list.

  3. 3

    Right-click the original Background layer, select "Delete Layer" and click "OK." You're back to a single layer, Main.

  4. 4

    Click one of the other photos to give it focus. Press and hold down the "Ctrl" key on the keyboard, then drag and drop the photo directly onto the Main layer. Notice a new Layer 1 appears on the "Layers" palette.

  5. 5

    Repeat the "Ctrl" and drag-and-drop process to add the third layer to the Main layer/main image, which adds a Layer 2 to the "Layers" palette.

  6. 6

    Right-click the "Eraser" tool, which looks like a grey rubber eraser, on the "Tools" palette on the left side of the screen. Drag the eraser around the image, which begins to show Layer 1 through the top layer, Layer 2. This is as if your pictures were stacked on real paper and you cut a hole through the top layer and were able to see the middle layer. Continue to drag the cursor until you can see enough of Layer 1 blending up through Layer 2.

  7. 7

    Click the Layer 1 line in the "Layers" palette, which gives that layer focus. Repeat the dragging with your cursor, which erases parts of Layer 1 and lets the Main layer show through. Continue dragging until all the layers are blended, with different parts of the three photos showing through.

  8. 8

    Click the small lines icon at the top right of the "Layers" palette and select "Flatten Image." The layers all combine into one. Click the "File" menu, click "Save As," give the image a new name and save it to the computer.

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