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I am new to photo manipulation programs in general, and would like to do a sort of double-exposure, one photo over another, and I'm sure I can do this in layers but man I cannot figure it out ...

I'll start with one image, and then import a layer of another photo. Now I have both of them on my screen, the top one has those little lines revolving around its edges.

Now how do I blend the two photos together? I know this is very basic, but please tolerate my abysmal ignorance and let me know how to put the two together to come out with a (somewhat) seamless whole ...

Many thanks for your help and advice!

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I am new to photo manipulation programs in general, and would like to do a sort of double-exposure, one photo over another, and I'm sure I can do this in layers but man I cannot figure it out ...

I'll start with one image, and then import a layer of another photo. Now I have both of them on my screen, the top one has those little lines revolving around its edges.

Now how do I blend the two photos together? I know this is very basic, but please tolerate my abysmal ignorance and let me know how to put the two together to come out with a (somewhat) seamless whole ...

Many thanks for your help and advice!

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Well, that all depends upon the type of composition you want. Sometimes, just lowering the opacity of the top layer to let the bottom layer show through slightly looks good.

If you want a more complicated effect, it gets more complicated. For example:

fisher-cv1-pdnsm.jpg

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For this one, I made a layer mask to cut the smaller Sam out by tracing the contours of both the outline of the smaller image and the outline of the shoulder of the larger image. I blurred the mask to get the fade effect, then imported it using Illnab's plugin. Then a little lowering of the layer's opacity, and the blend was complete.

If you'd like more specific, targeted ideas, you could post the images you're trying to blend and describe the effect you'd like.

I am not a mechanism, I am part of the resistance;

I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

~ Becoming the Archetype

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Well, that all depends upon the type of composition you want. Sometimes, just lowering the opacity of the top layer to let the bottom layer show through slightly looks good.

If you want a more complicated effect, it gets more complicated. For example:

fisher-cv1-pdnsm.jpg

Full Size [1280 / 800]

For this one, I made a layer mask to cut the smaller Sam out by tracing the contours of both the outline of the smaller image and the outline of the shoulder of the larger image. I blurred the mask to get the fade effect, then imported it using Illnab's plugin. Then a little lowering of the layer's opacity, and the blend was complete.

If you'd like more specific, targeted ideas, you could post the images you're trying to blend and describe the effect you'd like.

I am not a mechanism, I am part of the resistance;

I am an organism, an animal, a creature, I am a beast.

~ Becoming the Archetype

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