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Using Opacity in Frame Merge

Using Opacity in Frame Merge
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Copyright: David Phillips (riverfriends) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 907 W: 222 N: 1906] (7569)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-02-28
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Olympus E-10
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Photoshop Tutorials [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-21 9:29
Viewed: 2687
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear TrekLen: Using Opacity with Frame Merge [Photoshop CS2]:
Some time back my work required some imaging for a company that sold Beauty & Spa Products. I had taken the products to the Oregon Coast to throw them randomly in the ocean and then shoot the images. At the end of the day, I just sat and smelled the ocean and took some images of the sunset.

In this work I have merged two such images together. If I did not tell you that, I would imagine that it would have been hard to detect the merge. The two images used are posted in the workshop.
1. Taking the first images that I wanted to use as the Base Image, I worked on it.
2. Using PS Color Correction Technique adjust the colors
3. Opened the second image that I wanted to use, placed it as a
Secondary Layer on top.
4. Simply using
Opacity Option in the Layer Pallet, playing on it by reducing opacity until they both merged with each other.
5. In the Tool,
selected the Erase tool and erased part of that layer that I did not want until both blended giving an illusion of one single image.
Flattened, resized & posted.

Tip: In this case the images must be captured under the same light conditions and similar type of composition & frame.
Thank you for your comments & visits.

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Hi David,
Nice using post process. You have got beautiful result here. Sea, sky with clouds and sun looks wonderful.

Best Regards,

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  • Bianca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 59 N: 285] (1250)
  • [2007-07-21 11:09]

Hi David,

Very good PP-work, and no, I wouldn't have known that they were two images combined if you hadn't told me. Well done with a stunning result! Lovely peaceful and calm atmosphere. TFS! Greetings from Bianca.

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-07-21 12:34]
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Sometimes in life thing can be simple, David ;o). But remember that not all PP programs support opacity/transparency in layers, nor blend modes...
Anyway, the result is terrific. Very moody. I adore sunsets, this golden image has a great mood.

merhaba dear david
wonderful skyline.wonderful colours.
well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

  • rintile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 979 W: 66 N: 2708] (15972)
  • [2007-07-21 14:58]

Hi David, great result, nice photo. TFS


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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-07-21 22:28]

Hi David ,
You got excellent result here. Beautiful dramatic sky, wonderful colors and very good pp work.Excellent golden colour tone.

Hi David,
Interesting PP-work, fine presenntation although the white in the clouds tends to OE. The gold colours are stunning, the reflection superb. Excellent posting my friend!

:) Later...

Hi David
Sunset and reflection superb.Very beautiful color tones and details.good work.TFS.

Hi dear David,
Whata a great sunset capture.Excellent colours, light and reflection.Well done.TFS.


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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2007-07-22 4:04]

Hi David.
The mode, the COMP and POV is excellent,the framing goes so well together whit the photo that it makes it very good. The color in the sky, the sea makes a spec. mode whits I like very much, my greatest compliments and TFS

Hello my friend

Beauitful beautiful work here, superb scene and amazing colour tones.

TFS kind regards Helen

Hello David.
Beautiful colours in the picture, but the framing is imo a bit too heavy. The opacity could have been lower.

Hi David,
This is beautiful and your lessons are great! Wonderful pov, clarity and colors, thanks for sharing,

Some stunning shot here.
Beautiful view and colours.

Great PP work followed by step by step instructions.

Thank you David.

PS. My new Sigma is great! Better aperture range than the older one, and even faster AF.

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-07-22 21:44]

Super nice work David:) - I love PP effects and colour tones here.
Best wishes - Tom

Nice work David. Very good result. Well done, TFS, best regards, Josée

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2007-07-31 18:44]

Hi David. Very pleasant golden glow effect you have created here. I prefer some of your other frames though. Good work. Murray.

Hi David, I always enjoy your in depth notes. A wonderful finished product with none of the galre apparent in one of the originals. Good detail and nicely framed. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Cataract Floods I’

PS check this link, it is our round the world sailor, I thought he looked like you :)


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