Could you please post a screenshot taken at View > 100% and with the pertinent Panels (Layers, Channels, Options Bar, …) visible?
When both images display a noticeable structure the mixture resulting in a »flattening« is nothing unusual.
You could either use less soft Layer Masks or touch up the »seams« on a Layer atop them all.
Thanks for the help..but still can't seem to make this right..
I don't fancy taking all photos again. I wont be using a background like this again.
Cheers though guys.
On closer inspection I noticed another issue – the general background and the background of the image of the brushes seem to be at different scaling (or were photographed with different camera positions).
That might prove difficult to address, especially if the montages combine multiple images of differently sized background structure.
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Hi, usually a quick solution to the kind of problem is flat all the layers, add some low noise and scale few pixels down.
If this is not working or u can't do that for some reasons, you have to use the healing brush tool or the clone in order to "heal" those areas. Another solution is to cut out the brushes (selecting them) and re-create their shadow from scratch. Doing this, you will avoid the blending problem you have.
Please let me know it this sounds reasonable to you,
How many images are usually on one spread?
Are they at the same scaling or not?
Can you provide one layer file?
Another option might be extracting a Pattern (desaturate, High Pass) from the blank background, set to to Linear Light, Clipping Mask that to a blank Layer (or a flattened, burred copy of the whole image) and paint on that.
Thanks for your replies. Appreciated.
On average there will be around 3-5 sets per page. I'll will have another go later and post a better example.