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Blend mode shortcuts

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Video: Blend mode shortcuts

Now before we dig in and examine the behavior of the individual blend modes, I want you to know that there are keyboard shortcuts available to you. You can decide right now whether to memorize them or not. I even give you some guidance as to which ones are worth memorizing which one probably aren't and how you might keep track of some of the strange letter combinations that are going on here. Anyway, for starters, you can change the blend mode by pressing Shift+Plus or Shift+Minus . So for example, I still have the Statue layer active and I'm still working inside of the With outer glow.psd image. I of course have my Rectangular Marquee tool active, so that the keyboard focus is locked on the layer. If I press Shift+Plus I'll advance to dissolve it, then Shift+Plus again for darken, Shift+Plus for multiply, color burn, linear burn, darker color lighten and so on, screen, color dodge.

Blend mode shortcuts

Now before we dig in and examine the behavior of the individual blend modes, I want you to know that there are keyboard shortcuts available to you. You can decide right now whether to memorize them or not. I even give you some guidance as to which ones are worth memorizing which one probably aren't and how you might keep track of some of the strange letter combinations that are going on here. Anyway, for starters, you can change the blend mode by pressing Shift+Plus or Shift+Minus . So for example, I still have the Statue layer active and I'm still working inside of the With outer glow.psd image. I of course have my Rectangular Marquee tool active, so that the keyboard focus is locked on the layer. If I press Shift+Plus I'll advance to dissolve it, then Shift+Plus again for darken, Shift+Plus for multiply, color burn, linear burn, darker color lighten and so on, screen, color dodge.

Then I can press Shift+Minus to back up between each one of the blend modes. So this is great for comparing one blend mode to another as you go through the list, it's specially great if you know how to get to a specific blend mode, like you press Shift+Alt+M or Shift+ Option+M for multiply and then you press Shift+Plus to go to color burn, because you can't remember what the heck the keyboard shortcut for that is and so on. I don't recommend using it to go through the entire list however, because you are going to whip out your history states. Notice if I bring up the History palette here, then I have all kinds of Blending Change states and in fact I have exhausted all 20 of my saved states at any one given time. So everything that was into Blending Change state has ruled off the palette.

So good for me, I just totally destroyed my chances of undoing anything that I have done before, that's a big problem. So before you start Shift+Plusing and Shift+Minusing you might want to go ahead and create a snapshot, so that you can come back to the last good state or something along those lines. Or just use sparingly, just use it for a couple of things, like said, Shift+Alt+M will take you to multiply, that's Shift+Option+M on the Mac. Then you could say all right, Shift +Plus to compare it to color burn, Shift+Plus to compare it to Linear Burn, got it, don't want to use any of those. Shift+Alt+N or Shift+Option+N to return back to normal. Some sort of combination of specific keyboard shortcuts and that general Shift+Plus and Shift+Minus will probably do you well.

Now for the specific shortcuts we are going to switch over to a different image here, it's called blend mode keys. psd. Every single one of the keyboard shortcuts in 23 out of the 25 modes have shortcuts. Every single one of them involves Shift+Alt+(Alphabetic key on a PC) or Shift+Option+(Alphabetic key on a Mac). Now notice that normal as N, some of them are very straightforward, like Normal for N, Multiply is M, Screen is S, Overlay is O. Actually, the best modes tend to have the best keyboard shortcuts and then other ones, I give you some rationale for why they are what they are. For example, Dissolve is I, as if you can but, that's a second letter in the word dissolve, K is a big consonant in the word darken, B which for Color Burn, might of might not make sense is the B for Burn. A is the A in Linear, there is no keyboard shortcut for Darker Color which is fine, because you aren't going to be using it very often. G for Lighten there, we got D for Dodge and Color Dodge, Linear Dodge, some of these are just odd, is W. The only way I have come up with remembering that it's just an upside down M.

So M is the keyboard shortcut for the primary darkening mode multiply and Linear Dodge is a lightening mode, so you turn M upside down and you get W or you can think of it as being way light. So we got F for Soft Light there, as you can see, we got H for Hard Light, that makes a lot of sense. V for Vivid Light makes sense actually, but there is not really a big reason to memorize it. J for Linear Light, well, there are two Ls and if you think of J as being a backward L, that makes sense, Pin Light is Z for it zeros up the midtones. Hard Mix doesn't have an L in it, it's so funny that L was not assigned to Linear Light, nor was it assigned to Luminosity. It was assigned to the thing that doesn't have an L in it, and it is the least of all of the modes, however, you can think of it as being that way.

Although, it's a tough call, because really Darker Color and Lighter Color which were introduced in Photoshop CS3 are really itching to bee the least of the modes themselves, and the Dissolve mode is not too great either. So but you can't think of it at least of them all. It looks pretty bad the first time you apply it. We got E for Difference, the last letter in difference. X for Exclusion, U Hue, T for Saturation, C and Y for Color and Luminosity of the last letter in luminosity. Now if you wonder what the big balls being right there, the big blue balls, those are the ones that are worth memorizing. So I suggest you memorize if nothing else, N for Normal, M for Multiply, S for Screen, at least those three, because those are your three power modes and the next good one is Overlay. And then after that Hard Light is a good one to remember, E is a really great one, because even though you are not going to be using the Difference mode that often, it can come in handy for very specific operations and it's the first of the Inversion modes. It's the primary inversion mode, and then C for Color and Y for Luminosity, those are opposites of each other and incredibly useful.

And I would say the next mode I would memorize is U for Hue, because I use that a lot too. Now there are some Brush Only modes that only appear, because if you notice by the way if you take a look at that list, 23 out of 25 modes get keyboard shortcuts, what's with that, especially, since last I checked the alphabet, there were three more alphabetic letters still left. There is 26 mere alphabets in other words. Well, the three that are left are P, Q, R and they are the ones that go unused in the Layers palette. However, they are useful for the brush. So if I go ahead and grab the Brush tool right here, then you will notice that we have all the modes that I just showed you, those 23 modes plus we got a couple of others. We got Behind and Clear, and then we also have this Air Brush option right there.

All right, so let's go ahead and make the brush a little smaller, why don't we? Shift+Alt+P or Shift+Option+P on a Mac activates the Air Brush mode, when the Brush tool is active, it doesn't work for all of the tools and you could think of it as being P for push, because the pushes out the paint. Behind is Q, which is the letter after P. I don't know what to tell you there. There is no Q in Behind. And then R is the last letter in Clear. Now I'll tell you how the Behind and Clear modes work in the later exercise when we discuss the Brush Only modes, but for now those are your shortcuts. I don't think any of them is worth memorizing. So that's just me and that's them, that is all the modes my friend and all the keyboard shortcuts there for your viewing pleasure. So you can print out the list if you want to, you can keep it up on screen, you can do your best to memorize then, you can decide they are not worth memorizing, totally up to you.

In the next exercise we are going to take a look at the darkening modes, a really bunch, stay tuned.

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  1. 22m 32s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS4 One-on-One Advanced
      1m 43s
    2. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 17s
    3. Resetting the function keys on a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Installing the CS4 color settings
      4m 37s
    5. Setting up the CS4 color settings
      6m 4s
  2. 2h 43m
    1. Highlights, shadows, and midtones
      49s
    2. Low contrast, bad meter
      5m 57s
    3. Auto tone, contrast, and color
      8m 1s
    4. Cache levels and the Histogram palette
      7m 16s
    5. How the auto commands work
      10m 15s
    6. A first look at Levels
      6m 11s
    7. Target colors and clipping
      9m 6s
    8. Modifying input levels
      9m 44s
    9. Adjusting the gamma value
      7m 34s
    10. Previewing clipping
      7m 17s
    11. The futility of output levels
      4m 56s
    12. Channel-by-channel edits
      11m 54s
    13. When levels fail
      4m 34s
    14. A first look at Curves
      8m 46s
    15. Static Curves layer tricks
      7m 45s
    16. Dynamic Curves layer tricks
      7m 25s
    17. Correcting the composite image
      8m 30s
    18. Neutralizing a color cast
      6m 52s
    19. The Target Adjustment tool in Curves
      8m 29s
    20. Correcting an image in Lab
      10m 7s
    21. The Shadows/Highlights filter
      4m 18s
    22. Radius and tonal width
      8m 11s
  3. 1h 48m
    1. Edge-enhancement tricks
      1m 13s
    2. How sharpening works
      3m 48s
    3. The single-shot sharpeners
      4m 29s
    4. The Unsharp Mask filter
      7m 57s
    5. Understanding the Radius value
      6m 25s
    6. Gauging the best settings
      7m 47s
    7. Previewing how sharpening will print
      3m 37s
    8. Measuring and setting screen resolution
      6m 56s
    9. Tweaking the screen resolution
      4m 28s
    10. Sharpening the luminance data
      8m 23s
    11. USM vs. Smart Sharpen
      4m 23s
    12. Smart Sharpen's Remove settings
      5m 50s
    13. High-resolution sharpening
      6m 16s
    14. When to leave More Accurate off
      3m 48s
    15. When to turn More Accurate on
      4m 23s
    16. The advanced options
      7m 57s
    17. Saving Smart Sharpen settings
      4m 23s
    18. Accounting for camera shake
      7m 7s
    19. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      9m 8s
  4. 2h 16m
    1. Why would you blur?
      1m 8s
    2. Fading after an undo
      3m 27s
    3. The "bell-shaped" Gaussian Blur
      5m 43s
    4. The linear Box Blur
      3m 6s
    5. Add Noise vs. Median
      4m 50s
    6. Despeckle vs. Dust & Scratches
      6m 31s
    7. Smart Blur vs. Surface Blur
      8m 13s
    8. The Motion Blur filter
      4m 33s
    9. Radial Blur's Spin and Zoom variations
      5m 48s
    10. Mixing filtered effects
      3m 56s
    11. The "Captain Kirk in Love" effect
      5m 4s
    12. Diffusing focus with Blur and Overlay
      8m 50s
    13. Simulating Vaseline and film grain
      8m 2s
    14. Filling a layer with a neutral color
      2m 55s
    15. Old-school contrast reduction
      3m 39s
    16. Three steps to diffused focus
      7m 36s
    17. Averaging skin tones
      9m 45s
    18. Addressing the stubborn patches
      5m 26s
    19. Combining Gaussian Blur and Average
      6m 1s
    20. Blurring surface details
      3m 2s
    21. Smoothing blemishes while matching noise
      8m 6s
    22. Reducing digital noise
      8m 47s
    23. Striking a smooth/sharpen compromise
      4m 36s
    24. Smoothing over JPEG artifacts
      7m 38s
  5. 2h 31m
    1. Independent layers of color adjustment
      1m 7s
    2. Undersea color channels
      4m 2s
    3. Inventing a Red channel with Lab
      8m 20s
    4. Mixing color channels
      6m 55s
    5. Making shadows with Levels
      7m 5s
    6. Applying small color adjustments
      6m 0s
    7. Further modifying Levels in Lab
      8m 50s
    8. Creating a dynamic fill layer
      4m 38s
    9. Brushing and blending color
      4m 42s
    10. Working with "found masks"
      7m 31s
    11. Saturation, sharpen, and crop
      8m 9s
    12. Mixing a monochromatic image
      7m 2s
    13. Masking an adjustment layer
      4m 45s
    14. Working with Opacity and blend modes
      3m 39s
    15. Adding a black-and-white adjustment
      5m 53s
    16. The Target Adjustment tool in black and white
      6m 12s
    17. Tinting a monochrome photo
      3m 19s
    18. Introducing Gradient Map
      4m 17s
    19. Adjusting both color and luminance
      5m 44s
    20. Infusing elements with different colors
      6m 22s
    21. Adjustment layers as creative tools
      4m 33s
    22. Inverting and brightening the background
      5m 14s
    23. Blurring live, editable type
      5m 43s
    24. Hue, saturation, and darkness
      6m 51s
    25. Filling type with a color adjustment
      3m 24s
    26. Using one adjustment to modify another
      3m 21s
    27. Breathing color into the title
      3m 38s
    28. The Hue/Saturation humanoid
      3m 44s
  6. 1h 48m
    1. Parametric operations
      1m 23s
    2. The power of blend modes
      6m 16s
    3. Changing the Opacity value
      5m 46s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 37s
    5. Meet the blend modes
      6m 4s
    6. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 8s
    7. Darken, Multiply, and the Burn modes
      6m 33s
    8. Tempering a Burn effect with Fill
      4m 43s
    9. Saving a blended state
      4m 18s
    10. Lighten, Screen, and the Dodge modes
      8m 22s
    11. Linear Burn = Add minus white
      5m 31s
    12. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 52s
    13. Fill Opacity takes priority
      6m 19s
    14. Difference and exclusion
      5m 21s
    15. Using difference for golden highlights
      4m 2s
    16. The composite (HSL) modes
      6m 8s
    17. The brush-only modes: Behind and Clear
      10m 31s
    18. Layer groups and the Pass Through mode
      8m 54s
  7. 1h 53m
    1. It's all about the presentation
      58s
    2. Moving a layer a specific number of pixels
      6m 59s
    3. Adding a pixel mask to a layer
      5m 48s
    4. Editing a layer mask
      7m 19s
    5. Combining layers into a clipping mask
      6m 19s
    6. Introducing the Advanced Blending options
      4m 45s
    7. Using the luminance blending sliders
      7m 26s
    8. Forcing through underlying luminance
      4m 32s
    9. Masking with a path outline
      5m 45s
    10. Refining a mask from the Masks palette
      7m 18s
    11. Creating and modifying a layer group
      3m 29s
    12. Establishing a knockout group
      5m 29s
    13. Fixing last-minute problems
      6m 23s
    14. Introducing layer comps
      6m 40s
    15. Exploring layered states
      6m 43s
    16. Deleting layers and updating comps
      6m 18s
    17. Saving a basic composition
      6m 21s
    18. Assigning and saving appearance attributes
      7m 15s
    19. Layer comps dos and don'ts
      7m 27s
  8. 1h 56m
    1. Type: The great imaging exception
      56s
    2. Establishing default formatting attributes
      4m 5s
    3. Saving formatting attributes as a preset
      8m 5s
    4. Making a point text layer
      6m 18s
    5. Editing size and leading
      6m 44s
    6. Working with vector-based text
      6m 12s
    7. Formatting area text
      4m 16s
    8. Creating a layer of area text
      3m 20s
    9. Resizing the text frame
      4m 34s
    10. Changing the anti-aliasing setting
      3m 58s
    11. Obscure but important formatting options
      6m 31s
    12. Text editing tricks and shortcuts
      8m 44s
    13. Creating a cast shadow
      6m 1s
    14. Blurred shadows and beveled text
      7m 16s
    15. Drawing a path outline
      4m 51s
    16. Creating type on a path
      6m 39s
    17. Flipping text across a circle
      3m 18s
    18. Vertical alignment with baseline shift
      4m 16s
    19. Warping text
      4m 57s
    20. Scaling your text to taste
      3m 33s
    21. Applying a custom warp
      6m 24s
    22. Creating an engraved text effect
      5m 11s
  9. 2h 17m
    1. Bending an image to fit your needs
      53s
    2. Creating a canvas texture
      6m 48s
    3. Masking objects against a white background
      5m 42s
    4. Scaling an image to fit a composition
      8m 9s
    5. Aligning one layer to fit another
      3m 51s
    6. Changing the Image Interpolation
      8m 10s
    7. Merging faces
      5m 32s
    8. Rotating the first clock hand
      7m 17s
    9. Adding hands and pasting styles
      6m 40s
    10. Series duplication in Photoshop
      4m 35s
    11. Masking objects against a black background
      6m 34s
    12. Skews and perspective distortions
      7m 57s
    13. Envelope-style warps
      9m 2s
    14. Old-school distortion filters
      8m 50s
    15. Introducing the Liquify filter
      4m 9s
    16. Reconstructing an image
      6m 55s
    17. Using the Warp tool
      5m 16s
    18. The Pucker and Bloat tools
      5m 53s
    19. Push, Turbulence, and Twirl
      6m 41s
    20. The Freeze and Thaw mask tools
      5m 45s
    21. Saving and loading a mesh file
      3m 59s
    22. Creating and applying a texture layer
      8m 30s
  10. 1h 28m
    1. Effects vs. styles
      1m 11s
    2. Of layer styles and masks
      4m 37s
    3. Everything about drop shadow
      8m 2s
    4. Adding a directional glow
      4m 39s
    5. Colorizing with Color Overlay
      5m 18s
    6. Stroke and fill opacity
      5m 48s
    7. Creating a multicolor Outer Glow
      9m 22s
    8. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      7m 48s
    9. Contour and Texture
      4m 35s
    10. Simulating liquid reflections
      6m 28s
    11. Saving layer styles
      6m 18s
    12. Applying and appending styles
      4m 36s
    13. Saving and swapping style presets
      3m 16s
    14. The five effect helpers
      3m 47s
    15. Blending the effect before the layer
      5m 1s
    16. Colorizing a signature
      3m 30s
    17. Clipping an effect with a mask
      4m 5s
  11. 1h 50m
    1. Welcome to the digital darkroom
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw in the Bridge
      5m 44s
    3. The Camera Raw 5 interface
      4m 39s
    4. Adjusting the white balance
      5m 0s
    5. Finessing and saving changes
      7m 55s
    6. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 43s
    7. Working with the Exposure controls
      7m 34s
    8. Straightening and cropping a raw image
      5m 53s
    9. Applying automatic exposure adjustments
      6m 6s
    10. Exposure warnings
      5m 44s
    11. Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation
      4m 47s
    12. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 33s
    13. Dodging with the Adjustment brush
      9m 24s
    14. Tone Curve adjustments
      6m 54s
    15. Using the Spot Removal tool
      2m 48s
    16. Removing noise and sharpening detail
      4m 5s
    17. Adjusting HSL values
      4m 18s
    18. Adjusting luminance, color by color
      4m 14s
    19. Black and white and split toning
      5m 16s
    20. Camera Raw tips and tricks
      7m 32s
    21. Correcting JPEG and TIFF images
      4m 42s
  12. 57s
    1. Until next time
      57s

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