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The Behind and Clear modes

From: Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Advanced Blending

Video: The Behind and Clear modes

In this exercise I'll demonstrate the behind and clear modes. Both of which are part of the normal group, but they're not found inside the Layers panel, instead they're associated with a handful of the Paint and Edit tools as well as the Fill and Stroke commands. I'm working inside a file called Big blue marble.pds, found inside the 03_normal folder. Notice that the marble layer is selected here in the Layers panel and I've gone ahead and assigned a white stroke, just so we can easily keep track of the edges of this layer. I have also set my foreground color to red in advance, I'm going to go ahead and switch over to the Brush Tool, which I can get by pressing the B key, and armed with my walk on tablet, I'm going to go ahead and paint a brush stroke over the Earth like so, and so this is the effect of normal painting on a layer inside a Photoshop, and notice that the program went ahead and automatically traced the stroke around the new contours of the layer.

The Behind and Clear modes

In this exercise I'll demonstrate the behind and clear modes. Both of which are part of the normal group, but they're not found inside the Layers panel, instead they're associated with a handful of the Paint and Edit tools as well as the Fill and Stroke commands. I'm working inside a file called Big blue marble.pds, found inside the 03_normal folder. Notice that the marble layer is selected here in the Layers panel and I've gone ahead and assigned a white stroke, just so we can easily keep track of the edges of this layer. I have also set my foreground color to red in advance, I'm going to go ahead and switch over to the Brush Tool, which I can get by pressing the B key, and armed with my walk on tablet, I'm going to go ahead and paint a brush stroke over the Earth like so, and so this is the effect of normal painting on a layer inside a Photoshop, and notice that the program went ahead and automatically traced the stroke around the new contours of the layer.

Now let's say I want to paint exclusively inside the layer, I want to affect the opaque pixels, respect the transparency, so that I'm effectively painting inside the lines. Well, then I would go over to the top of corner of the layers panel and turn on the first lock icon, which locks down the transparent pixels, you can also by the way invoke that icon by pressing the slash key. So in my case, slash would turn it off and then slash would turn it back on. Now, if I paint somewhere inside the layer, I will paint my brushstroke exclusively inside the Earth or inside the existing red brushstroke.

That's not technically speaking a blending option, I only bring it up, because what if you want to do exactly the opposite, instead of painting inside the opaque region of the layer, you want to paint exclusively in a transparent portion of the layer, then turn off that lock icon, that's very important, and then go up to the Mode option here on Options bar and switch it from Normal to Behind. So you will effectively paint behind the layer even though I should say you're still painting on the layer, you're just expanding the transparent region. What I'm going to do is press the Escape key, so that option is no longer active at the top of the window there, and then I'm going to press the DekeKey in order to make my foreground color black and notice now as I paint, I'm painting exclusively behind the Earth and that red brushstroke that I drew a moment ago.

So that's how the Behind mode works. There is one more, and that's a Clear mode. If I switch the mode option from Behind to Clear, and notice that these two options are part of that first normal group, then I effectively turn my paintbrush into an eraser, so that I can erase lines into the world here. The effect here isn't any different than painting with the Eraser Tool, so it's kind of a duplicate effect. However, if you're using the Brush Tool and you want to erase on the fly, it's a convenient way to go. Remember that you have a keyboard shortcut for the clear mode, which is Shift+Alt+R or Shift+Option+R on the Mac.

That's how the Behind and Clear modes work when combined with the Brush Tool. In the next exercise, I'll show you how to make use of both of those modes using the Fill and Stroke commands.

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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 43s
  2. 33m 15s
    1. When in doubt, blend
      2m 20s
    2. Where to find blending options
      4m 10s
    3. 27 blend modes, 6 groups
      4m 23s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 41s
    5. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      4m 59s
    6. Blending adjustment layers
      4m 43s
    7. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 59s
  3. 27m 3s
    1. The power of standardized arithmetic
      6m 58s
    2. Photoshop's blending formulas
      5m 27s
    3. Darken formulas vs. lighten formulas
      4m 15s
    4. Contrast mode formulas
      7m 28s
    5. Inversion, cancelation, and HSL
      2m 55s
  4. 17m 50s
    1. Normal mode vs. Dissolve mode
      2m 11s
    2. Making a dynamic Dissolve effect
      2m 21s
    3. Creating a Dissolve text effect
      4m 48s
    4. The Behind and Clear modes
      3m 2s
    5. Filling a stroke with Behind and Clear
      5m 28s
  5. 43m 24s
    1. Darken vs. Darken Color
      4m 25s
    2. Creating filter effects with Darken
      5m 0s
    3. The Multiply and Burn modes
      6m 27s
    4. Cleaning up scanned line art
      7m 30s
    5. Comping line art against a photo
      5m 12s
    6. Colorizing comped line art
      5m 14s
    7. Masking with a darken mode
      3m 59s
    8. Refining a mask with Multiply
      5m 37s
  6. 33m 36s
    1. Lighten vs. Lighter Color
      2m 29s
    2. Creating filter effects with Lighten
      2m 47s
    3. The Screen and Dodge modes
      4m 35s
    4. Blending white type, darkening shadows
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a classic double-exposure effect
      3m 49s
    6. Making dark line art bright
      5m 11s
    7. Masking with a lighten mode
      5m 4s
    8. Refine, filter, and blend
      6m 39s
  7. 35m 18s
    1. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      5m 2s
    2. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light
      4m 2s
    3. The amazing Hard Mix mode
      3m 51s
    4. Two variations on a single mode
      5m 37s
    5. Adding clarity with a contrast mode
      4m 9s
    6. Creating a glowing, soft-focus effect
      3m 38s
    7. Blending an image with a paper texture
      4m 11s
    8. Turning flesh into stone
      4m 48s
  8. 18m 10s
    1. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 7s
    2. Comparing seemingly identical images
      3m 25s
    3. Creating type that inverts any background
      3m 30s
    4. Making inversion type black and white
      4m 8s
  9. 16m 57s
    1. Luminosity, Color, Hue, and Saturation
      3m 29s
    2. Colorizing artwork with layers
      7m 24s
    3. Correcting skin tones with Hue
      6m 4s
  10. 14m 57s
    1. Using the This Layer slider option
      6m 44s
    2. Using the Underlying Layer slider option
      3m 16s
    3. Achieving greater control with Blend If
      4m 57s
  11. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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