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The blend modes in Photoshop offer incredible creative options for designers and photographers wanting to enhance images. In Photoshop Blend Mode Magic, Michael Ninness shows Photoshop users how to access and apply blend modes efficiently to achieve an aesthetic vision. He explains the building blocks of layer blending and demonstrates how blend modes can be used for color correction, sharpening, blending images together, adding dramatic glow, applying custom edge treatments, and many other creative effects. Michael also introduces advanced blending options for more experienced Photoshop users. Most of all, he demystifies this essential feature in plain, easy-to-understand terms and inspires photographers to use blend modes in ways they may have never considered before. Exercise files accompany the course.
One of the things that you're going to discover throughout this course once you kind of get a better understanding of what blend modes are, you are going to start noticing that they are everywhere inside Photoshop. You can take advantage of them in many different locations. The one that we'll spend the most time on of course is the Layer Blending Mode list here at the top of the Layers panel. You can see that the texture layer is right now set to Soft Light and if you go to this pop-up menu you can see all the other different blend modes. But that's not the only location where you can access blend modes. For instance if I type B on my keyboard to get the Brush tool, the options for the current Painting tool also have this Blending Mode list. So you can actually paint in different blend modes.
If you were to run a filter, let's say we ran a Gaussian Blur filter on this layer, click OK and then we go to the Edit > Fade command, you'll see that there's the Blend Mode list here, you can fade the last thing you did, not only it's Opacity, one type of blending, but also choose the blend mode of that Fade and OK there. If you go into the Layer Style dialog, I'll double-click on this layer and you will see that within each given effect like if I click on Drop Shadow, there's a blend mode for the Drop Shadow effect. If I go to say Pattern Overlay there's a Blend Mode list there. Eee, ugly bubbles but let's blend those away so that we can barely see them, right, and you guys get the idea.
So blend modes exist in lots of different locations. Once you learn the basics and how they work, you'll be able to apply them to all sorts of different tasks and special effects. Anytime you see that word Normal or any other type of blend mode look for that little pop-up menu and start playing around for those options.
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