Overlaying Images in Adobe Photoshop

Overlaying images in Photoshop is pretty simple and straight forward. You start with an image:

Then you open up another image you wish to put on top of it. Use the selection tool to select the whole picture, and then copy and paste it into your original file. Now it looks like you’ve got your second image:

However, now you’ve got two layers that you can see here:

The first thing you can try is making the layer more transparent. Under Opacity, lower the second layer to 50%

If you’re still not “into” the opacity look, my favorite is the “multiply” option. The multiply option works as a transparency might. Your blacks and darks will stay black and dark, but all the light parts will be completely see-through. This is good for sketches that someone wants to color, for example.

The Multiply option is under the drop-down menu “Normal” on the Layers bar (shown above).

Now your blacks are still black but your lights are just as see-through. Too dark? Just play around with opacity. It’s that simple

There are plenty of other options on that menu, and it’s fun to play around with them to see what you can get. However, many of the options are totally obvious to anyone who has used Photoshop before (like Filters. Don’t ever abuse filters). Remember: Photoshop is a tool, not the artist.


~ by wandarox on October 24, 2011.

4 Responses to “Overlaying Images in Adobe Photoshop”

  1. There is a nice balance of images and instructional text here. The pictures work together with the text to be informative and leave no questions. It helped me to learn.

  2. Wanda, I really like your tutorial. It is very informative, including many pictorial elements along with the textual elements. There is a great cohesiveness in your post. I would even go as far as saying it has great “white space,” even though it’s black😉 I like which picture you chose to edit as well because the colors and layout really showed the audience what you were attempting to accomplish. And you did. Keep up the great tutorials! Thank you!

  3. I tried doing this a few weeks ago and somewhat failed. If this were on here I would’ve done it sooner! Great job!

    I specifically liked how you introduced one method and provided an additional one in case the user didn’t like that appearance. Now the user has two methods to use under their belt!

  4. This post looks really helpful. If I decide to overlay images at any point for our photo project, I’ll definitely come back to take a look at this. The screenshots are sized well and allow readers to see what tools you’re using based on the toolboxes you have open in the workspace. I also like that, in addition to the directions, you include descriptions of what worked for you. It provides more background information on the topic and will help even very inexperienced users be able to do this.

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