How to Use the Blending Technique to Edit Real Estate Photos

Everyone has their own tricks when it comes to editing real estate photos and after working with real estate agents and photographers, I’ve discovered several techniques to help make it easier. However, one that is often overlooked is the blending technique in editing real estate photos.

The blending technique uses multiple layers of adjustment on one photo so you don’t have to use as many tools or spend as much time editing your real estate photos. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use the blending technique to edit real estate photos…

What is Blending Technique?      

The blending technique is when you take two different photos and you blend them together. So that it looks like one photo. If you are editing a house, for example, you might take a photo of the front of the house and then another photo of the back yard. So that it looks like one seamless image. You can also use this technique to show how a room looks before and after renovations.

It’s important not to go overboard with the blending technique because if you edit too many images. The final product will look fake. A good rule of thumb is not to edit more than three pictures at once. Because otherwise they won’t have any depth or realism.

Using the Blending Technique

You should also be careful about selecting which images will be blended with others. It can affect what viewers see in your final product. When using the blending technique, it is important to select the best photos from both sets, cut into a picture of someone’s living room; this would ruin the illusion.

On the other hand, you could use an image of someone sitting on their couch and make it look like they are standing up. The advantage of this method is that you don’t need to find a new photo but rather just Photoshop the existing one.

Another perk is that if the shot you took isn’t perfect, you can easily remove unwanted details by simply deleting parts of the photo. For instance, if there was a small scratch on your chair in one shot. You can simply delete it and replace it with something else without having to get out a ladder to take another photo.

To do this, take a photo of something else (in case the end result doesn’t turn out right) and insert it over the scratched area. Then erase everything around the scratched area so that all that remains is the replacement. Lastly, keep in mind that everyone has different tastes and preferences—do not try to impose your own standards onto others. Instead listen carefully to what they want and try to deliver while still preserving a sense of authenticity in your photos.

How to Merge / Blend Two Images in Photoshop

Achieving a professional look for your photos doesn’t have to be complicated. With a little finesse, you can use one of Photoshop’s most powerful features: the blending technique. In this post, we’ll show you how.

First, open up your photo in Photoshop. You’ll see there are two layers: Background and Foreground. Select the foreground layer (the person) and choose Layer then Create New Layer. Place it on top of the background layer by holding down ALT + dragging it over.

Next, select both layers by clicking on them with your mouse cursor. Choose Layer then Merge Layers. The result is that both images now reside on one layer, which you can edit as if it were a single image. For example, say the shirt you’re wearing has an obnoxious logo on it.

Change the opacity so the logo becomes faint enough to not distract from your face; or change its color until it matches what you’re wearing. Try using filters like levels or curves, but remember to change their opacity so they don’t take away from your original photo too much! To add some flair, try out Filters → Adjustments → Levels Adjustment: Enter 10% as input to lift blacks and contrast. Filters → Adjustments → Curves Adjustment: Pull the curve down slightly to deepen shadows and contrast (this will help make colors more vibrant). To finalize the job, go ahead and sharpen your photo just a bit before saving it (.jpg) in Photoshop’s format.

Bracketing the Images

The first step is to bracket your images by taking at least three shots of a single object from different angles. This will give you more control over composition and lighting. In Photoshop, click on the layers tab on the right side of your screen. Repeat this process for each additional shot that you took.

Select the image layer with the photo that you want to work with in order to activate it. Next, press CTRL+ALT+J (on Windows) or CMD+OPT+J (on Mac). You’ll see a dialog box asking if you want to make another copy of the layer or create an editable layer via content-aware fill (). Select Content-Aware Fill (), and then fill in any spots in which there are noticeable discrepancies between images using Paint Bucket Tool () or Patch Tool (). Click OK when finished. If you need to resize your image to fit within one specific dimension size, select Image Size () under Image Tools in the left toolbar.

Drag one of the corners outwards until it’s large enough. You can also crop out unwanted elements within one or both dimensions by selecting Crop Tool (). Place your cursor in the corner of where you want to begin cropping and drag towards the opposite corner. Make sure not to go outside of the desired boundaries! Once you’re happy with how your photos look, save them as JPGs (.jpg), which is the most universal file type. And don’t forget to upload them onto your blog post!

White Balance Adjustment

A lot of people think that white balance is only for adjusting colors for a photo but it can also be used as an adjustment layer in Photoshop. The white balance setting on your camera should always be set correctly before you take a picture, but if you took a photo without adjusting your camera’s white balance, then use this technique to get the colors looking right.

In photoshop, create a new layer and fill it with 50% gray. Change your blending mode to overlay. Select you want to adjust and paint it with black or white using a soft round brush. By doing this, you will either make the selected color more cool (blues) or warm (reds). For example, if you have a red curtain in front of a window and the color needs to be cooled down so it doesn’t appear too bright, select the curtain > ok. Then press Ctrl+D to deselect. Press Ctrl+I to change the hue/saturation of your selection by dragging left or right until you’re happy with the result.

Press Delete to remove the selection. Repeat are happy with all their adjustments. You might need to do this step a few times to find what works best for your particular photo. When finished editing, flatten your layers into one layer and save!

Color Exposure Correction

The color of a photo can be completely altered with some adjustments in exposure. This is a great technique when you’re working with photos that are too dark or light. To use this technique, click on the Adjustment tab at the top of your screen and then click on Exposure.

From there, you can either reduce or increase your exposure depending on your desired result. For example, if you want a darker photograph, simply reduce your exposure. If you want brighter colors, increase it. You can also change the white balance of your photo by clicking on that option.

You will see a dialogue box where you can adjust settings for both skin tone and color. Play around with these settings until you find something that looks good to you.

Why is Blending Essential for Editing Real Estate Photos?

Blending is an essential technique in editing real estate photos.  It’s used by most photographers and editors alike. The blending technique works because it’s easier to remove imperfections in your images. For example, if you’re removing a power line from your background, you can do so much more easily if you blend out of the photo.

You can also use it to make foreground objects stand out from the background even more, such as when a dark building has a brighter sky behind it. In this case, what would normally be seen as competing colors will be blended together into one balanced color palette that looks natural and complementary instead of opposing?

With this technique, there are limitless possibilities for how things can look once they are put together on-screen. So next time you’re editing photos for a client, think about using the Blending Technique.

Why should You Outsource Blending Services?

You should outsource blending services because it can be difficult and time-consuming for amateur photographers to do themselves. If you’re not a professional, then it’s best for you to leave this aspect of photography in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing.

A professional can take your real estate photos and create a gallery that is ready for showcasing on any website or brochure without having to do any post-production editing. And if you don’t know how to use Photoshop, hiring a photographer to blend your photos is a better option than trying to do it yourself.

You Save Time

With so many options available at an affordable price, there really isn’t much reason not to hire an expert. But it doesn’t stop there.  Most importantly, by outsourcing your photo blending needs, you’ll avoid wasting precious hours on trial and error until you figure out the perfect technique for creating flawless photographs.

So before going back to square one and starting from scratch, reach out to a professional. Who will have no problem getting your job done efficiently and quickly. Professional Photo Editors are often able to take care of all your image edits, as well as digital retouching and formatting in a matter of minutes.

Some even offer full service packages where clients receive personalized portfolio consultations! Take some time today to explore these incredible services–you won’t regret it.

Final Thought    

Whether you are a professional or a beginner, it is important to know your editing tools and techniques. There are many ways to edit photos, but one of the most effective techniques is blending. Blending is a process where you take two photos and combine them into one.

You can use this technique for lots of different types of photography like real estate, portraits, and fine art. This post gives you some examples and tips on how to use the blending technique in your next photo editing project.


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