5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 6, 2017 3:44 PM by (d)

    Seeking advice on blending two images

    (d) Level 1



      Per this screen grab of my workspace, I’m trying to blend the rainbow into the sky.


      Sky image (resized for uploading) So far I've used motion blur, curves and the Background Blue layer to modify the cloud background image below into the above look.



      From there, I’m trying to make the rainbow look like part of the sky. The rainbow image was uploaded from an EPS file. I thought the EPS had a transparent background, indicated by the checkerboard background on both the original image and the imported image. But the checkerboard is obviously showing through and blocking the sky. Did I do something wrong in bringing in that original EPS file? If the rainbow image was truly transparent, then it would be easier to blend into the sky image.

      My other question would be the best place in the Layers window to put the Background Blue layer, and the ideal setting for it to tint the entire piece light blue. I'm assuming the cloud and rainbow images should be blended first, and then the blue brought in, all though I'd like to make sure the blue doesn't override the rainbow colors.


      Greatly appreciate anyone's input on this.

        • 1. Re: Seeking advice on blending two images
          Bahaar Khan Level 4

          You need to use a good quality png of rainbow in tthis image like i have done it.The image you are using have broken pixels which is not looking good at all.

          And if you want to put the graph part you have to cut out separately.Let me know the outcome.

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          • 2. Re: Seeking advice on blending two images
            (d) Level 1

            Thanks, Bahaar.


            If I take the EPS doc and convert it to a PNG with a transparent background, then bring that into PS, that should work, correct?


            I'm curious about when you say the image I'm using has broken pixels. I'm not sure what you mean by that.


            Thanks for your help!

            • 3. Re: Seeking advice on blending two images
              Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional

              I'm wondering if you know there is an excellent tool for making rainbows in Photoshop using this Gradient preset?

              Dragging vertically to give you the thickness will produce the straight rainbow, which can be warped with Free Transform.  Then click on the Warp icon (top right) and then the warp options (top left) and choose Arc.  Drag to get the required arc with the centre handle, and give it some Gaussian blur and adjust opacity.


              This will eliminate those nasty aliasing artifacts in your screen shot.

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              • 4. Re: Seeking advice on blending two images
                (d) Level 1

                I did not know that, but thank you for that information. I'm definitely going to try!

                • 5. Re: Seeking advice on blending two images
                  (d) Level 1

                  One more question regarding this. I found a good PNG with transparent background. On my attachment, I've brought in the rainbow PNG and laid it over the clouds with a hard light setting. Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 3.37.09 PM.png


                  Much better than what I had.


                  However, I'm still trying to make the rainbow blend into the clouds more. Have it appear to go behind the clouds at the top right and bottom left.


                  I've added a mask to the rainbow, and am trying to paintbrush over the rainbow mask, revealing the clouds underneath and making the rainbow appear to go behind them.


                  I'm curious what setting you'd recommend for the paintbrush, like brush hardness, diameter, mode, opacity and flow, to best help it blend in with the clouds. I've tried the current settings you see on there, and it's kind of working, but the edges are a little hard, even though I have it set to what I think is a fairly soft edge. I'd like to be able to have a more gradual fade at the bottom, and was thinking a lower opacity might be good, but it doesn't seem to be providing gradual enough changes.


                  Any input anyone can give me here would be great.