Blending Edges

August 1st, 2013

This is a technique that blends the background into the main image, instead of the other way around.


Blending Edges - original

Finished result
Blending Edges - finished


Please know how to do the following before using this tutorial.


  1. Open a new canvas and paste the background of your choice on it.

    Blending Edges - #1

  2. Paste the extracted image on top. (Tutorial: Making extractions)

    Blending Edges - #2

    They should be on separate layers.

    Blending Edges - #2

  3. Duplicate the background image (Ctrl+J or right click the layer and select Duplicate Layer).

    Blending Edges - #3

  4. Move the background copy so that it’s the top layer. You can do this by clicking and dragging the layer.

    Blending Edges - #4

  5. Load a selection on your extracted image. (Tutorial: Exercise: Selections, step 6)

    Blending Edges - #5

  6. Go to Select >> Modify >> Feather (or just Select >> Feather in old versions) and use around 30px. (If it gives you a warning, use a lower number.)

    Blending Edges - #6

  7. Select your top most layer (the background copy). Hit Delete on your keyboard. Now the background is fading into the edges of the main image!

    Blending Edges - #7

  8. On mine, I prefer if the face stood out more. I’m going to select the Eraser with a large brush with faded edges. On the top layer (background copy), I’m erasing a little of the top.

    Blending Edges - #8

  9. And that’s it! The reason why I like this way better sometimes is because it gives you some control on what parts should be blended and what shouldn’t. It also works better for skinnier areas, like her arms in this case.

    Blending Edges - finished

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