Shutter blending: how to combine images at different shutter speeds

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Shutter blending step by step – steps 7-9

07 Check the mask

You need to continue painting with white over the foreground to reveal parts of the top layer. We’ve painted with white up to about the middle of the road. Hold Alt and click the Layer Mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to toggle a view of the mask to check where you’ve painted.

08 Blend the shadow

If you mistakenly paint over any areas you want to remain hidden, press X to switch the colour to black, then paint over parts of the layer to hide them behind the mask. The shadow of the bike is a little distracting, so press 3 for 30% brush opacity, then paint over the area with black to gradually hide it.

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09 Select the figure

Highlight the image thumbnail on the top layer (rather than the mask), then grab the Quick Selection tool from the Tools panel. Paint over the head and body to make a selection. The tool will snap on to the edges of the figure as you paint. Use ] and [ to resize the brush tip.

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