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How to Merge Multiple Photos With Photoshop

Updated on January 20, 2013
First photo was merged with the second, to create the third photo
First photo was merged with the second, to create the third photo | Source
I have never been to Russia, but when my friend Lucy Oleinik gave me this photo, I was in Red Square, Moscow, for a while.
I have never been to Russia, but when my friend Lucy Oleinik gave me this photo, I was in Red Square, Moscow, for a while. | Source

Merging photos in Photoshop

If you don’t know how to merge photos in Photoshop here is a step by step guide

1. Open the photos you want to merge.

2. Zoom out (Ctrl +) the photo you want to copy and merge into another. Click Ctrl – to zoom in.

3. Select the Pen tool and click on the edges of the object you want to merge.

4. After you have selected the entire area, left click the mouse. A box will appear. Click Make Selection.

5. Another box will appear. Set the Feather Radius; 1 or 2 is recommended. Click OK.

6. Copy the selected area (Ctrl C) and paste on another photo (Ctrl V). The object will appear in a new layer.

7. Press V to select Move tool. Move cursor to move the object to the right place.

8. Click Ctrl T and move the cursor to the corner and align the object to the desired place by rotating left or right. You can also increase or decrease the size by dragging the edges. Press Enter.

9. Select Eraser tool to delete unnecessary parts of the object, if any.

10. Select Blur tool and blur the edges of the object. Remember to keep the Strength of Blur tool between 40-60 percent.

11. If the tone of the blended photo varies, adjust brightness and contrast.

12. You can also adjust Hue/Saturation (Ctrl U) and Color Balance (Ctrl B). Remember to select the right layer.

13. If you are satisfied with the result, merge the layers (Ctrl Shift E)

14. Save the merged photo. If you don’t want to lose your original photo click Ctrl Shift S to save as a new photo.

Merged Photo


Original Photo

An American friend let me use her photo to create this effect.
An American friend let me use her photo to create this effect. | Source

Merge photos in Photoshop: Points to Remember

Layers and Tools are very important in Photoshop. Remember to select the right layer while working.Learn how to use the right tool.

Zoom out the photo to large size while working. And zoom in to see if you are working correctly.

To give perfect look to the merged photo, use Doge/Burn/Sponge tool and make the second picture match with the first one. Don’t forget to set the Range and Exposure.

You can make the merged photo look real by adjusting brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and color.

Click [ (opening bracket) to increase brush size and ] (Closing bracket) to decrease brush size.

Blend Photos in Photoshop

If you want to blend the entire photo and not just a certain part here is the process.

Open the photos you want to blend.

Click Ctrl A to select the photo, and Ctrl C to copy. (If you want to crop the photo, use Crop tool.)

Paste this image in the photo you want to blend.

Click V and move the mouse to shift the copied photo in the place of your choice. Now you can see the photos in different layers.

Click Ctrl T and move the cursor in corner to rotate the picture to right or left. Drag mouse from the edge to increase or decrease the size.

Use Eraser tool to delete unnecessary parts and Blur tool to blur the edges. If you want to give shadow effect, decrease the opacity of the pasted picture.

Clone tool lets you to blend the background of second photo with the background of the first. Go to the layer of original photo, select Clone tool, and then press Alt Click, cloning area is selected. Then go to the layer of pasted photo and click on the area you want to clone.

If tonal qualities of pictures are different, go to any layer and adjust brightness and contrast.

After adjusting Brightness/Contrast, if the tone still varies, go to Hue/Saturation and adjust the level. You can also use Color Balance to adjust midtones, hightlights and shadow.

Click Ctrl Shift E to merge the layers and then save the photo.


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    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Seema,

      That was also my problem when I was learning Photoshop. This is the reason why in my tutorials I try to be as simple as I can be.

      I'm glad this worked for you.


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      Seema Misra 

      8 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Your Photoshop tutorials are very clear. I usually get stuck when trying out instructions; this one worked out well for me.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      Hi Peggy, I believe you can do this. Thanks for being here.


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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Someday I hope to spend a lot of time and master Photoshop so that I can create images such as the ones you have shown us here. Your video showing the use of the eraser was great. Happy New Year!

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal






      Thank you my dear fellow writers and friends for being with me in 2012. I look for ward to your friendship in 2013.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      I always enjoy looking at merged photos -- don't think I am ready to attempt it, but your instructions will help when the time comes. Happy New year!

    • Angelme566 profile image


      8 years ago

      You got a beautiful lens plus the knowledge on photography makes you a perfect professional photographer .. More power to your lens and sight..

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Vinaya, Been trying to leave a message for you for days, I'm away from my computer and haven't been able to post, except randomly (hope it works here!) will have to catch up with you in the new year, Happy New Year my friend! Your photo manipulation is magic! Regards, snakeslane

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      8 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Vinaya it is so much fun to play with these photo manipulation software packages. Thanks for your hard work in putting this together.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Good stuff, Vinaya! Voted up and shared. :)

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      @unknownspy, I hope this guide will help you.

      @Rosemary, I believe this hub will benefit you.

      Have a wonderful 2013.


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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I am bookmarking this Vinaya, I know I am going to find it very useful. Thank you for the simple step by step instructions.

      Thank you for your friendship and support my friend. Have a wonderful Christmas, (please tell us how you celebrate it) and all the very best for 2013.

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      Life Under Construction 

      8 years ago from Neverland

      i have no idea how to merge , but i hope i can do it someday

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal





      I'm glad your found thus photoshop tutorial useful. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from the beautiful south

      This is a keeper! Have always wanted this knowledge, thank you!

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      I am bookmarking this for my next Photoshop session. I always get confused between layers. The results you have shown us are great!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      8 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Very useful blog for people wanting to do this. Well done.

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Vinaya...It is absolutely amazing what can be done with photo shop! My Daughter-in-law is expecting this as a gift from her she and I have big plans on really getting good at using photo shop! This hub will be such a great help to us!! I thank you for the lesson in how to do this!!....UP+++


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