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Blend mode shortcuts

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Video: Blend mode shortcuts

Photoshop gives you shortcuts for changing the Opacity value, shortcuts for changing the Fill value, so it's no surprise that you have keyboard shortcuts for changing the blend modes as well. In fact, altogether you have almost 30 different keyboard shortcuts to choose from. I'm going to tell you about every single one of those shortcuts inside of this exercise, and you can decide which ones you want to memorize, which ones you want to give the slip, and so on. I have currently selected the Statue layer inside of the Sky & statue.psd image, that's found inside the 15 Blend Modes folder, and that layer is set to the Normal blend mode. Now notice I can press Shift+Plus in order to switch to the next blend mode in the list, so Shift+Plus takes me to Dissolve, then Shift+Plus takes me to Darken, and then to Multiply, and then to Color Burn, and then to Linear Burn, and then Lighten, and Screen and so on. You don't know what a lot of these modes do yet, but I'm going to tell you starting in the next exercise.

Blend mode shortcuts

Photoshop gives you shortcuts for changing the Opacity value, shortcuts for changing the Fill value, so it's no surprise that you have keyboard shortcuts for changing the blend modes as well. In fact, altogether you have almost 30 different keyboard shortcuts to choose from. I'm going to tell you about every single one of those shortcuts inside of this exercise, and you can decide which ones you want to memorize, which ones you want to give the slip, and so on. I have currently selected the Statue layer inside of the Sky & statue.psd image, that's found inside the 15 Blend Modes folder, and that layer is set to the Normal blend mode. Now notice I can press Shift+Plus in order to switch to the next blend mode in the list, so Shift+Plus takes me to Dissolve, then Shift+Plus takes me to Darken, and then to Multiply, and then to Color Burn, and then to Linear Burn, and then Lighten, and Screen and so on. You don't know what a lot of these modes do yet, but I'm going to tell you starting in the next exercise.

But for now, just note that you can change those shortcuts by pressing Shift+Plus. You can also switch back, you can cycle back through the pop-up menu by pressing Shift+Minus. So that'll take you to Lighten, then Linear Burn, Color Burn, Multiply, Darken, Dissolve, and Normal. If you keep pressing Shift+Minus of course. Now the problem with working this way is that every single time you press Shift+Plus or Shift+Minus it gets recorded as an independent history state. So now if I go to the History palette, which I can do by clicking on this icon here or choosing the History command from the Window menu, notice that I have a ton of states that are called Blending Change, and that just shows me that I changed blend modes inside of my image. Now if I press Shift+Plus or Shift+Minus too many times, then I would roll off some of my previous states- which I have actually- making them unavailable to me. So you might not want to work this way.

It's great for just cycling between modes when you're not sure what they're going to do to your image, but if you have a sense of where you want to go, you're better off switching to that mode either manually or by switching to a very specific mode using a shortcut. Let me show you how those shortcuts work. I'm going to press Ctrl+Tab to switch to a different image than I have open here, and it's called Blend mode keys.psd, and it lists all the blend modes that are available inside the Layers palette, as well as the keyboard shortcut, which is Shift+Alt, along with a letter key. On the Macintosh side you press Shift+Option along with a letter key. This of course assumes that you have any of the tools selected except for the painting and editing tools in the midsection of the toolbox here.

So Shift+Alt+N or Shift+Option+N gets you Normal. Shift+Alt+I gets you Dissolve. We have K for Darken, and so on, you can read down this list here. Now sometimes the keyboard shortcuts make sense, like M for Multiply, so I don't provide any additional information inside of my chart here. But B for Color Burn might be little bit of a stretch, which is why I show you a little bit of the rationale. It's B for Burn or A for the A inside Linear with Linear Burn. G inside Lighten, and so on. Sometimes it's a big stretch. For example it's W for the Linear Dodge mode. That doesn't have a W inside any portion of the blend mode name.

Well you can think of it as being an upside down M, because M is assigned to the primary darkening mode, which is Multiply, and Linear Dodge is the ultimate lightening mode, so it's an upside down M for W. Or you can just think of it as being 'Way Light.' F for Soft Light and so on. We have J for Linear Light, which is really odd, but J is a backward L, and there's a couple of Ls inside Linear Light, so you might remember it that way. Pin Light we have Z because it zeroes out the midtones. Hard Mix we have L, which is really weird because Linear Light and Luminosity have Ls inside of them, but instead L goes to Hard Mix. Well, it's the least of them all, as it turns out. It's probably the last blend mode you'd want to select, and so on going down the list. Now there's no reason to memorize every single one of these, and to this day I've never really gotten around to memorizing all of them, I must say. I just keep track of the most important ones, which I've gone ahead and circled in blue. So N for normal is very handy, and M for Multiply because Multiply is a great mode as we'll see. S for Screen is a really good one to memorize. O for Overlay, H for Hard Light, E for Difference, because Difference is the kind of mode you might want to come back to on a regular basis, C for color, and then Y being the last letter in Luminosity. Finally, in case you're noticing that a few of the letters are going unused, three letters in all, that's because those are the brush-only modes.

In other words, they only appear if you select the Paintbrush. And then you'll see them here inside of the Mode pop-up menu. They do show up elsewhere inside the program, it's just that they're not available from the keyboard except when using one of the painting or editing tools. So notice now that we have this new Behind mode, as well as Clear, and we also have this Airbrush option right here. Now those are available to us by pressing the P, Q, and R keys. All right in a row there, that's how you can keep track of those, if you're so inclined. So P gets the Airbrush, and that's because it's pushing out the paint when you're holding down the mouse button. Airbrush mode pushes that paint out. Q is just the letter after P. I don't know anything else to tell you there, but it does get you the Behind mode, and I'll show you that later when we talk about the brush-only modes. And R gets you the Clear mode.

So notice right here it's telling you at the bottom, these guys are the ones that are worth memorizing. I don't think any of these are particularly worth memorizing as it turns out. So those are all the modes that you have available to you, just remember that you've got Shift+Alt on the PC side or Shift+Option on a Mac, along with these keys that you can memorize or not, totally up to you. In the next exercise we're going to check out how the individual blend modes work starting with the darkening modes.

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Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics

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  1. 1h 15m
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics
      2m 5s
    2. Selecting glass and water
      5m 23s
    3. Establishing a base layer
      4m 0s
    4. The Color Range command
      6m 45s
    5. Selecting sparkles
      3m 19s
    6. Setting sparkles to Screen
      4m 19s
    7. Selecting and compositing hair
      2m 59s
    8. When Color Range falls short
      7m 25s
    9. Selecting a base channel
      4m 25s
    10. Enhancing the channel's contrast
      4m 4s
    11. Dodging the highlights
      5m 55s
    12. Putting the mask in play
      3m 20s
    13. Reducing the edge fringes
      4m 21s
    14. Adding a layer mask
      4m 53s
    15. Creating a gradient quick mask
      5m 26s
    16. Blurring the layer mask
      5m 51s
    17. And that's just the beginning...
      1m 15s
  2. 1h 13m
    1. Edge-enhancement parlor tricks
      1m 30s
    2. The subterfuge of sharpness
      3m 14s
    3. The single-shot sharpness
      3m 47s
    4. Unsharp Mask
      5m 17s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      4m 31s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 14s
    7. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 25s
    8. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      6m 23s
    10. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 4s
    11. Leave More Accurate off!
      2m 29s
    12. Turn More Accurate on
      2m 58s
    13. The Advanced options
      5m 17s
    14. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 18s
    15. Accounting for camera shake
      6m 0s
  3. 1h 24m
    1. Why the heck would you blur?
      1m 20s
    2. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      7m 16s
    3. The Linear Box Blur
      2m 58s
    4. Median and its badly named progeny
      6m 3s
    5. Surface Blur and the rest
      5m 36s
    6. The Motion Blur filter
      3m 2s
    7. The Radial Blur variations: Spin and Zoom
      5m 55s
    8. The Captain Kirk-in-love effect
      6m 50s
    9. Averaging skin tones
      6m 2s
    10. Addressing the stubborn patches
      6m 0s
    11. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      4m 8s
    12. Blurring surface details
      7m 2s
    13. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      7m 52s
    14. Reducing digital noise
      8m 22s
    15. Smoothing out JPEG artifacts
      6m 1s
  4. 45m 28s
    1. Behold, the layered composition
      1m 13s
    2. The Layers palette
      5m 8s
    3. Enlarging the hand
      4m 40s
    4. Erasing with a layer mask
      6m 28s
    5. Moving a layer
      4m 3s
    6. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      4m 42s
    7. Hair and stacking order
      6m 12s
    8. Adding a frame and expanding the canvas
      6m 2s
    9. Adding a vignette
      7m 0s
  5. 42m 27s
    1. Organization: It sounds dull, but it rocks
      1m 8s
    2. The terrible battle
      3m 3s
    3. Assembling the base composition
      5m 46s
    4. Adding adjustment layers
      4m 55s
    5. Creating a layer group
      2m 24s
    6. Grouping selected layers
      3m 13s
    7. Making the TV lines
      4m 17s
    8. Introducing layer comps
      5m 52s
    9. Saving your own layer comps
      6m 40s
    10. Final footnotes
      5m 9s
  6. 1h 23m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 4s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 44s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 35s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      5m 38s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      5m 52s
    7. The darkening modes
      6m 12s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with the Fill value
      3m 53s
    9. Saving a blended state
      2m 54s
    10. The lightening modes
      4m 55s
    11. The contrast modes
      7m 13s
    12. The comparative modes
      7m 25s
    13. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 2s
    14. The brush-only modes
      8m 11s
    15. Blending groups
      7m 10s
  7. 1h 27m
    1. At this point, there is a great shift...
      59s
    2. Messing with the masters
      2m 28s
    3. Scaling a layer to fit a composition
      6m 39s
    4. Merging clock face and cardinal
      2m 2s
    5. Rotating the minute hand
      7m 42s
    6. Replaying the last transformation
      3m 50s
    7. Second hand and shadows
      5m 0s
    8. Series duplication
      3m 23s
    9. Skews and perspective-style distortions
      6m 43s
    10. The envelope-style Warp function
      7m 32s
    11. Introducing the Liquify command
      5m 9s
    12. Adjusting the brush settings
      4m 2s
    13. Viewing layers and the mesh
      4m 18s
    14. Incrementally undoing undesirable effects
      4m 5s
    15. Twirl, pucker, and bloat
      2m 2s
    16. Push, mirror, and turbulence
      4m 37s
    17. Protecting regions with a mask
      3m 41s
    18. Applying a digital facelift
      10m 53s
    19. Saving and loading mesh settings
      2m 31s
  8. 1h 18m
    1. Planes and perspective
      1m 7s
    2. The Blue Gallery
      2m 47s
    3. Introducing Vanishing Point 2.0
      5m 30s
    4. Drawing out perpendicular planes
      6m 54s
    5. Exporting the gridlines to a layer
      4m 45s
    6. Cloning an image from one plane to another
      7m 58s
    7. Blending the image into its new home
      6m 31s
    8. Healing away the sockets
      7m 48s
    9. Importing a new image
      6m 20s
    10. Masking and shading the image
      7m 27s
    11. Flat in, perspective out
      5m 57s
    12. Adding perspective type
      4m 50s
    13. Swinging planes to custom angles
      6m 2s
    14. Wrapping art around multiple surfaces
      4m 35s
  9. 1h 15m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      54s
    2. Creating an independent text layer
      6m 39s
    3. Editing vector-based text
      6m 38s
    4. Working with area text
      6m 15s
    5. Resizing the text frame
      6m 4s
    6. Obscure but important formatting options
      7m 25s
    7. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      9m 38s
    8. Adding a ghostly cast shadow
      6m 19s
    9. Backlighting the text
      2m 48s
    10. Creating type on a path
      7m 37s
    11. Pasting text along the bottom of a circle
      3m 50s
    12. Flip and baseline shift
      3m 15s
    13. Warping text
      3m 58s
    14. Scaling the warped text to taste
      4m 18s
  10. 1m 11s
    1. See ya for now
      1m 11s

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