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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
I hope that you're getting excited about Blending modes, because these are a ton of fun, and here we're going to focus in on how we can blend two images together. You'll notice in my tabs here that I've two images open, this first one, no_parking.jpg, and then this other one, brighton.jpg. Well, the first thing that I want to do is change my view, so that I can see these two images side-by-side. To do that, navigate to your Window pull down menu, then choose a Arrange, and then select one of these options, like 2-up Vertical.
This just shows me both of these images. Well, I want to bring the one of these images into the other. To do that, select the Move tool, and then just Click Drag and Drop. Once the image is in, you'll see in your Layers panels that you now have two layers. Press the F key to go to Full Screen mode, so we can focus in on what we have here. Now in order to Blend these two layers together. We can access the Blending modes in the Layers panel. You want to target or click on the layer that you want to Blend.
Next, from this pull down menu we can try some of these options which I mentioned in the previous movie. Maybe you want to try Multiply. that would then Darken the image. It looks good. but perhaps it's a bit too muddy. Well, what about Screen? Will Screen allow us to see through the image, but it also brightens it up. You know the Screen Blending mode is kind of like having two projectors projecting the same image at one screen. It shows you double the brightness value. In this case that just doesn't work. Well, how about if we go down to the Blending mode, which I had mentions that photographers like to use a lot? That one is soft light.
Well, when we select that, this looks kind of interesting, but I want even more, I want this to be even stronger. Well, Stronger Version of soft light is Overlay. If we select that option you can see it gives us a little bit more of a punch here. Well, we have seen that what we can do is click and select the Blending mode, yet here what I want to do, is share with you a really useful shortcut for trying to find the Blending mode, which will work for your project or your images.
If you have the Move tool Selected, you can use the shortcut. So press the V key to select the Move tool or click on it in the tools panel. Next, rather than going to this menu, I want you to press Shift+Plus or Shift+Minus key. By pressing Shift+Plus, you can move forward through these different Blending modes. By pressing Shift+Minus, you can scroll backwards through these modes. And by doing this, this can help you become to get familiar with how these Blending modes work and also it can help you find the right Blending mode for the project at hand.
So here I'm, just keep tapping that plus key, going all the way through, until I get back to overlay. The last thing that I want to highlight here is that as you work with Blending; always know that you can do more than one Blending mode. You can also stack these up. In other words, I can go ahead and click on this layer and Duplicate it. To do that, press Command+J on Mac or Ctrl+J on Windows or click and drag this to the New layer icon. Well now I've two layers with Overlay Blending, you can see how it's really built up that effect, or I could change this to a different Blending mode.
Now it's on soft light. Now if I move this off to the side, you can start to see that had this really interesting effect, where I have all of these Blending modes combining together. So you can start to use Blending modes for creative purposes like this. Or in other situations, you're going to use these modes in order to correct or maybe even enhance your photographs. There are so many different uses with Blending modes, it's amazing. So let's go ahead and continue to talk about these modes, and let's do that in the next few movies.
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