Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: PS 7 Layers and Blending question

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Guild Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    55

    Post PS 7 Layers and Blending question

    I have a small but annoying problem with some of my layers in a map I am working on. I want to merge two layers. Layer one consists of a town and and layer two consists of the plow fields with blending options enabled. When I merge the two layers, the visual effects of the blending options on the second layer change. I haven't figured out why this was happening.

    Sometimes I am able to work around this by merging the layer with blending options with an empty layer but that trick is not working this time around. Anyone know what I am doing wrong or what is going on here?

    Using Photoshop 7. Layer 1 is a png image. Layer 2 is a hand drawn plow field drawn with pencil tool.

  2. #2
    Professional Artist Facebook Connected Coyotemax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,972

    Default

    One of the things you could try is to make all the layers invisible except the two you want to merge, then tell it "Merge All Visible". sometimes that will overcome the issue you're describing.. I've had weird merging effects myself. The quick way to do that if you don't know already, hold Alt when you click on the little eye to make all the other layers invisible, then make the second one visible again (i think that's how you do it if i remember correctly)

    My finished maps
    "...sometimes the most efficient way to make something look drawn by hand is to simply draw it by hand..."

  3. #3
    Community Leader Facebook Connected Ascension's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    St. Charles, Missouri, United States
    Posts
    8,325

    Post

    The issue is that PS merges things down but doesn't take into account the blending on the upper layer...it takes whatever pixels are on that layer and put them into the lower layer and acquires the new layer's blending. So if both layers have blending then you'll need to merge both layers to a separate empty layer and then finally merge them together. Put an empty layer under the upper layer, merge it down, put an empty layer under the lower layer, then merge it down, then finally merge the upper and lower layers.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
    -J. Robert Oppenheimer (father of the atom bomb) alluding to The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 11, Verse 32)


    My Maps ~ My Brushes ~ My Tutorials ~ My Challenge Maps

  4. #4
    Guild Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Posts
    55

    Post

    Thanks for the input but I still have not solved the problem. I tried merging the layer with the blending options with empty layers both above and below and I even moved into its own file and tried but same results.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Before copy.jpg 
Views:	40 
Size:	39.4 KB 
ID:	20261   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	After copy.jpg 
Views:	34 
Size:	33.2 KB 
ID:	20262  

  5. #5
    Guild Journeyer philipstephen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts
    195

    Post

    i have found if i have only the layers visable that i want to merge, and then choose Merge Visable rather than Merge Down... the appearance of the new merged layer does not change as much.

    phil

  6. #6
    Community Leader Facebook Connected Ascension's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    St. Charles, Missouri, United States
    Posts
    8,325

    Post

    Ok, try this. I had some funky merge-blending problems last year and it just came back to memory. Turn off where I circled the red.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	screenie.jpg 
Views:	41 
Size:	163.8 KB 
ID:	20267  
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
    -J. Robert Oppenheimer (father of the atom bomb) alluding to The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 11, Verse 32)


    My Maps ~ My Brushes ~ My Tutorials ~ My Challenge Maps

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •