Shutter blending: how to combine images at different shutter speeds

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Shutter blending step by step – steps 4-6

04 Align the layers

Our images aren’t properly aligned so we’ll need to fine-tune the position manually before we start shutter blending. Lower the layer opacity to 50%. Press Ctrl/Cmd+T for Free Transform, then drag and resize the box to match the two frames (or input X:4155.90px, Y: 2521.19px, W: 107.98%, H: 107.98%, Angle: 0.72°). 

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05 Add a full mask

Press Enter to apply the transformation, then
bring the Opacity of the top layer back up to 100%. Drag the lower layer above the top one. Next, you need to hold Alt and click the Add Layer Mask icon in the Layers panel to add a full black mask that completely hides the top layer. 

06 Reveal the cyclist

Grab the Brush tool from the Tools panel and choose a soft-edged circular brush tip. Press D to set the colour to white, then paint over the area of the cyclist to reveal him. Don’t worry about being too precise at this point: just get a rough idea of which parts of the layer you want to be visible.

Shutter blending step by step – steps 1-3
Shutter blending step by step – steps 4-6
Shutter blending step by step – steps 7-9
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Shutter blending step by step – steps 13-15
Shutter blending step by step – steps 16-18

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