This Hindi spoken tutorial will help you to blend two images together via layer mask.Its the simplest way to merge images. You can use masks to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of the layers below. You can create two types of masks:
  • Layer masks are resolution-dependent bitmap images that are edited with the painting or selection tools.
  • Vector masks are resolution independent and are created with a pen or shape tool.Layer and vector masks are nondestructive, which means you can go back and re‑edit the masks later without losing the pixels they hide.In the Layers panel, both the layer and vector masks appear as an additional thumbnail to the right of the layer thumbnail. For the layer mask, this thumbnail represents the grayscale channel that is created when you add the layer mask. The vector mask thumbnail represents a path that clips out the contents of the layer.

 

Note:To create a layer or vector mask on the Background layer, first convert it to a regular layer (Layer -New – Layer from Background).

It doesn’t matter if you are a photographer or a graphic designer, chances are that you have come across the need to fade or blend images in Photoshop. There are many different methods and techniques that will help you to blend images together. One of them is called a layer mask.

Even with layer masks there are different techniques for blending one layer with another.One method is to create a layer mask on a layer, and then use the brush tool to paint over the areas that you want to mask or blend with black. Any positive value other than white will allow you to implement a soft mask. The lightest grey will blend the edge of a mask.The other method is to use the gradient tool to blend an image in a uniform manner. The key phrase to remember is that black conceals and white reveals. This means that anywhere that you paint on the layer mask with black will fade the image on that layer. If you have faded or blended an image too much, simply switch your brush color to white. White will bring back the image for that layer.

Step 1: Bring Your Image Into Photoshop

Step 2: Position Your Image

Position your image layer in the document as you wish. This may mean that you have to crop your image, or move it around. If you move it so that part of it goes off of the canvas that is okay.

Step 3: Add a New Layer Below Your Image

Create a new layer below your photo.

Step 4: Add a layer mask on Your front Image

Add a mask that shows or hides the entire layer

  • Make sure that no part of your image is selected. Choose Select – Deselect.
    In the Layers panel, select the layer or group.

     

    Do one of the following:

     

    • To create a mask that reveals the entire layer, click the Add Layer Mask  button in the Layers panel, or choose Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal All.To create a mask that hides the entire layer, Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) the Add Layer Mask button, or choose Layer – Layer Mask – Hide All.
     

Step 5: Blend Your Image

 You know that a mask is active, when there is a black outline around the layer mask icon. Select the gradient tool, and draw a black to white gradient from the left edge of the photo, to the right.

 

Unlink layers and masks

By default, a layer or group is linked to its layer mask or vector mask, as indicated by the link icon  between the thumbnails in the Layers panel. The layer and its mask move together in the image when you move either one with the Move tool . Unlinking them lets you move them independently and shift the mask’s boundaries separately from the layer.
  • To unlink a layer from its mask, click the link icon in the Layers panel.
  • To reestablish the link between a layer and its mask, click between the layer and mask path thumbnails in the Layers panel.

Apply a gradient fill

 

The Gradient tool creates a gradual blend between multiple colors. You can choose from preset gradient fills or create your own.
Note:You cannot use the Gradient tool with bitmap or indexed-color images.
  • To fill part of the image, select the desired area. Otherwise, the gradient fill is applied to the entire active layer.
    Select the Gradient tool . (If the tool isn’t visible, hold down the Paint Bucket tool.)
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    In the options bar, choose a fill from the wide gradient sample:

     

    • Click the triangle next to the sample to pick a preset gradient fill.
    • Click inside the sample to view the Gradient Editor. Select a preset gradient fill, or create a new gradient fill. 
    Note:The Neutral Density preset provides a helpful photographic filter for sunsets and other high-contrast scenes.
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    Select an option to determine how the starting point (where the mouse is pressed) and ending point (where the mouse is released) affect gradient appearance.

     

    Linear Gradient-
    Shades from the starting point to the ending point in a straight line.
     

     

    Radial Gradient-
    Shades from the starting point to the ending point in a circular pattern.
     

    Angular Gradient
    Shades in a counterclockwise sweep around the starting point.
     

     

    Reflected Gradient-
    Mirrors the same linear gradient on either side of the starting point.
     

     

    Diamond Gradient-
    Shades from the middle to the outer corners of a diamond pattern.
     
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    Do the following in the options bar:

     

    • Specify a blending mode and opacity for the paint.
    • To reverse the order of colors in the gradient fill, select Reverse.
    • To create a smoother blend with less banding, select Dither.
    • To use a transparency mask for the gradient fill, select Transparency. 
Position the pointer in the image where you want to set the starting point of the gradient, and drag to define the ending point. To constrain the line angle to a multiple of 45°, hold down Shift as you drag.
 
 

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