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Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Advanced Blending
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Blending white type, darkening shadows


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Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Advanced Blending

with Deke McClelland

Video: Blending white type, darkening shadows

In this exercise I'll show you a great way to create interaction between white text and the composition using Linear Dodge. We'll also correct the luminance levels for the entire composition, using Multiply. Notice here in the Layers panel that I have this layer called Text. It's actually a text layer that I converted to vector shapes. I'm going to go ahead and click on that layer to make it active. Now whenever you're working with white type, it really doesn't matter whether you have the Normal mode selected or one of the Lighten modes. Notice, if I switch from Normal to say Screen, the text looks exactly the same as it ever did, because you can't brighten beyond white inside of Photoshop.
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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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Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Advanced Blending
4h 3m Intermediate Nov 28, 2011

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Advanced Blending is the second installment in Deke McClelland's series on making photorealistic compositions in Photoshop. The course explores blending options and shows how to use them to create sophisticated effects and seamless compositions, often without masking. Beginning with the basics of blending layered images, the course sheds light on the formulas behind the Photoshop blend modes and shows how to comp scanned line art, create double-exposure effects, correct skin tones, and work with the luminance sliders.

Topics include:
  • Assembling dynamic Dissolve effects
  • Filling and stroking with Behind and Clear
  • Cleaning up and compositing scanned line art
  • Understanding the darken, lighten, and contrast modes
  • Refining a mask with Multiply and Screen
  • Creating a glowing, soft-focus effect
  • Blending images with textures
  • Comparing two seemingly identical images
  • Creating type that inverts everything behind it
  • Colorizing artwork with layers
  • Achieving greater control with the Blend If option
Subjects:
Design Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Blending white type, darkening shadows

In this exercise I'll show you a great way to create interaction between white text and the composition using Linear Dodge. We'll also correct the luminance levels for the entire composition, using Multiply. Notice here in the Layers panel that I have this layer called Text. It's actually a text layer that I converted to vector shapes. I'm going to go ahead and click on that layer to make it active. Now whenever you're working with white type, it really doesn't matter whether you have the Normal mode selected or one of the Lighten modes. Notice, if I switch from Normal to say Screen, the text looks exactly the same as it ever did, because you can't brighten beyond white inside of Photoshop.

So if it was already white in the first place, it's going to stay white, subject to any of the lighten modes. There is an exception however, if you work with the Fill Opacity value. So let's say I press the Escape key in order to deactivate the Blend Mode here on the PC, and then I press Shift+5 to reduce the Fill Opacity to 50%. Notice that I end up with translucent white text. And it looks no different by the way, if I were to switch back to the Normal mode, and the reason is because the Screen mode is not part of the Fill Opacity 8, it doesn't respond any differently to Fill Opacity than it does to Standard Opacity.

But it's not the case however, if you work with one of the Dodge modes. So if I switch for example to Color Dodge, I'm going to end up with an entirely different effect at this low opacity value, I'll get an even better effect, if I press the Escape once again to deactivate the Blend Mode and press Shift+Plus in order to switch to the Linear Dodge mode. And notice that we keep the whites in the bright areas of the background and we end up achieving other colors when the background gets dark, and that to my eye is exactly the kind of text transition I'm looking for.

Now the problem at this point compositionally anyway is that even though we started with some very, very dark images in the first place, we've applied so many helpings of the lighten blend modes that we are starting to lose our intense shadows. So I'm going to click on this hoody layer at the top of the stack, and then I'm going to press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, click the Black & White icon at the bottom of the panel and choose Brightness/Contrast. Now I'm not going to modify the settings of this layer so I'll just call it dummy and click OK, and then I'll collapse the Adjustments panel, bring back the Layers panel, and I'm going to darken up the overall composition by pressing Shift+Alt+M or Shift+Option+M on the Mac to switch to the Multiply mode.

Now even though we're not clipping anything, because once again, Multiply cannot clip our shadows. I do feel like we've gone too far with the effect, so I'll press the 5 key in order to reduce the opacity value to 50%. And now if I turn the layer off, you can see how bright the composition was just a moment ago, turn it back on, and that brightness is settled down. So the moral of the story here is that you can use the when in doubt Darken mode Multiply, in order to correct for a blended bright image. In the next exercise, I'll show you how to use the Screen Mode to create a classic double exposure effect.

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