I am not certain whether this is the effect you are aiming for. If it is:
Drag the diamond plate version over the color image.
Choose both Layers, then Edit > Auto-Align Layers
Change the Mode to Lab Color and with the diamond plate layer chosen, create a new L channel.
It will read Lightness Copy
Select the entire new channel and Edit > Copy
Return to RGB, Layers panel and Paste the Lightness channel copy
Change its Opacity to 50% and the Blending Mode to Multiply. (Or adjust Opacity level if desired.)
This is the L channel
This is the Layers panel
This is the result
I omitted a step. After returning to RGB you may delete the diamond plate layer.
that is exactly what I want however I need it to show the original color of the diamond plate that I pasted over the read. Is that possible?
You may want to give this a try. Note that image contrast is controlled most by the layer.
Choose a blue from the diamond plate file. Choose another if you prefer or adjust the Saturation of the chosen color.
As shown in the Layers panel below, Edit > Fill with the Foreground color and its blending mode set to Color. It will produce a dark image.
Add a Curves Adjustment Layer, as shown to increase the contrast of the image.
This is one result:
Note that you must mask the Curve so that the buttons maintain their original colors. I showed two, as an example.
In my rush to get back to you before closing down for the evening, I erred. You must drop in the controller buttons from the original -- the red version of the image. Ignore the work on the curve mask. Whew!
Yeah I have a layer set up with all the trim to drop back over the top. If I have any other questions are you on Skype at all?
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I understood all the way up to the fill layer that produces the dark image. I filled it and got the dark image now how do o make it look like your final product with the diamond plate so I can drop the parts layer back over it and get a finished image?
Thanks for all your help btw!
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This alternate and more efficient setup will allow you to return the buttons to their original color with a mask instead of out copying. Regarding the dark version you see: apply the curve and it will do the lightening. Note that my curve setup goes from light to dark. To duplicate that, before you begin, go to Image > Adjustment > Curves and choose Pigment Ink % radio button,