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Opening two images as layers in Photoshop

From: Enhancing a Sunset Photograph with Lightroom and Photoshop

Video: Opening two images as layers in Photoshop

In this movie, we'll take a look at how This will then create a new document in Photoshop.

Opening two images as layers in Photoshop

In this movie, we'll take a look at how we can select two or more photographs, and how we can then open those images up in a single Photoshop document so that each image appears as a separate layer. Yet, before we get to that, one of the things that you want to do is make sure that your color is exactly as you want it. For example, with this virtual copy, one of the things that I want to do is go back to the Split Toning controls. And here, I want to increase the saturation just a little bit more to add a little bit more blue into the photograph. Or maybe you want to go back to the Basic panel and cool off the color temperature even a touch more.

Again, you want to make any needed final adjustments to the photographs. Then next, you need to select the files that you want to open up in a single Photoshop document. In our case, we simply have two images. So, click onto one, hold down the Cmd key on a Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then click on another. Once you have both images selected, we're going to navigate to the Photo pull-down menu, then choose Edit In, and then we'll select Open as Layers in Photoshop. This will then create a new document in Photoshop.

And as you can see, Photoshop's doing some of its magic in the background. And it's building this new document so that each of the photographs will be on a separate or a distinct layer. Here you can see, we have the photograph where we have the cooler tones. And then we also have the image which has the warmer tones. Well, let's go ahead and name these two layers. I'm going to go ahead and double-click into the layer name for the top layer here. I'm just going to name this one warm. And then, double-click the layer name for the bottom one. We'll name that one cool because it primarily has those cool tones.

Now, before we get too involved in our work in Photoshop, what we need to do is to save this file out. So here, we'll navigate to the File pull-down menu and then, select Save. By saving this file, what it will do is it will save the file in a format which we can then have layers in, which is the TIFF file format. And it will also save it so that it's part of our overall Lightroom catalog, so that if ever we need to reaccess this layered file, we'll be able to do so from right inside of Lightroom. Let me skip back over to Lightroom so you can see what I mean.

Notice how, in Lightroom, we have the original raw file, which is warm, the one where we process with cooler tones. And then we also have this new file which we just created, which is Sunset-Surfer-Edit.tiff. This will be our layered TIFF file, which we will continue to work on throughout the rest of this project.

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