Photoshop Tip: Load Several Images as Layers

Photoshop Tip: Load Several Images as Layers

I have a small Photoshop tip for you today.

Have you ever wanted to load several image files into one as layers (e.g. to blend them)? Unfortunately the option to do so is a bit hidden in Photoshop, so here is how you can do this:

  1. Go to File -> Scripts -> Load Files into Stack… menu.
  2. Select Browse and choose your files.
  3. Click OK button.

Optionally you might want to select “Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images” checkbox in case you suspect that the images might be not correctly aligned (what can happen when shooting hand-held or during windy conditions).

If you’re using Lightroom, you’re lucky as it’s much easier:

  1. Select photos you want to open in Lightroom.
  2. Right-click them and select Edit In -> Open as Layers in Photoshop…

Featured photo – Durdle Door

Today I would like to share my long exposure image taken in Durdle Door, England. The sea was rather rough so by using exposure of 20 seconds I got completely blurry water. In fact the water almost looks fake, like painted or drawn with crayons, something like that. It’s one of the cool things about using long exposure – the image you get is something completely different from what you see when taking the picture.

Durdle Door And finally EXIF info for this image:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 16 mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure time: 20 s
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 1
E.V. Step: n/a
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: ND400 neutral density filter
Technique: long exposure
Software: Magic Lantern, Capture One 8, Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Detail, Topaz Clarity

2017-01-17T19:42:31+00:00 July 27th, 2015|Posted in: landscape, long-exposure, Lulworth Cove, photoshop, tutorial|