This is what I want, the black pixelated effect:
This is what happens after I merge layers:
In the top image, the black "pixelated" effect is what I'm after, once merged. The effect flattens into a solid.
I apologize for my ignorance, I'm still new as I just started with Photoshop maybe 4 months ago. This type of editing is completely new to me, as I usually only post process my raw photos and add layers from time to time.
There are 3 photo layers and 6 adjustment layers. I have tried changing the order of the layers, converting to smart layer, rasterize, added a new blank layer as my first layer, and copied the background layer to add blending effects, making the original background layer hidden. I've merged what layers I could individually, but the effect that I'm after changes when all the layers are merged.
All things I've tried I gathered from reading other questions asked on this site.
The 6 adjustment layers are, in the following order:
.vibrance .exposure .brightness/contrast 1 .hue/saturation .color/balance .brightness/contrast 2
Following are the 3 photo layers
Then last is a hidden background layer
Thank you in advance, again I'm sorry if this is difficult to follow, if any more information is given just ask and I'll do what I can to provide it.
I have not moved files into separate windows and merged one at a time, as it may be pointless but I want to ask before I go that far.
Would getting rid of the two brightness/contrast and readjusting the first make a difference?