Shutter blending: how to combine images at different shutter speeds

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Shutter blending step by step – steps 13-15

13 Add a grad

The bottom-right corner looks a little too bright, so we’ll re-edit the layer in Camera Raw. Double-click the cyclist layer thumbnail to send the image back into Camera Raw. Grab the Graduated Filter tool from the Tools panel and drag inwards from the right corner. Set Exposure to -1.65, then click OK.

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14 Desaturate the road

The road from the traffic trails layer looks too yellow compared to the cyclist layer, so double-click the thumbnail on road_before02 to send the image back to Camera Raw. Grab the Adjustment Brush and paint over the road, then set Saturation to -44, Exposure to -0.20 and Clarity to +15. Click OK.

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15 Make a new layer

Hold Alt and click the Create New Layer icon in the Layers panel to access the New Layer options. Name the layer ‘Dodge Burn’ then set the blending mode to Overlay and tick ‘Fill with Overlay-neutral colour’. Click OK, then grab the Brush tool. Set the colour to black and press 1 for 10% brush opacity.

Shutter blending step by step – steps 1-3
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Shutter blending step by step – steps 13-15
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