best way to cross-fade photos?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by peter, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    I want to put two photos side-by-side with a little bit of overlapped that
    is cross-faded
    Meaning, the photo on the left gradually trasition into the photo on the
    right with no abrupt boundary

    What is the best way to do this so that I can easily adjust the amount of
    overlap region?

    People familiar with adobe premiere would understand this: instead of cross
    fading in the time domain as in premiere, I want to cross fade in the X-axis

    A brute force way is to create a clipping mask for one of the photo and
    gradient fill the mask. However, if I want to change the overlapped size, I
    have to re-create a gradient mask, which is kind of slow. Is there a faster
    way?
     
    peter, Dec 29, 2006
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  2. peter

    ronviers Guest

    Hi Peter,
    There are probably better ways but you might consider trying this:

    Create a background layer evenly graduated from black to white. This
    could be top to bottom, left to right, diagonal or whatever.
    Then above that add a levels layer.
    Then above that add one of your images with a 'multiply' blend
    mode.
    Then above that add your second image with a 'screen' blend mode.

    This way the contrast slider in the levels layer can be used to move
    your blend back and forth.

    HTH,
    Ron
     
    ronviers, Dec 29, 2006
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  3. peter

    ronviers Guest

    And the black and white point sliders can be used to adjust the width
    of the blend.

    Ron
     
    ronviers, Dec 29, 2006
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  4. peter

    Harry Limey Guest

    Is there not a merge function in CS which does just this??
     
    Harry Limey, Dec 30, 2006
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  5. peter

    Harry Limey Guest

    In CS2 File - automate - photomerge
     
    Harry Limey, Dec 30, 2006
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