New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Photoshop Blend Mode Magic
Illustration by

Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply


From:

Photoshop Blend Mode Magic

with Michael Ninness

Video: Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply

All right, this next technique is totally going to give away when I went to high school. I call it the `80s Pop Art technique and if you think back to the `80s, if you were in high school with me back then, think back to some of your old pop groups like AHA or Duran Duran and their album covers had these really posterized black and white art with kind of a color wash over the top. So that's kind of work we are going with this particular technique. We are going to use a combination of duplicate layers along with some blend modes to achieve this effect.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 13m 9s
    1. The three kinds of blending in Photoshop
      1m 49s
    2. Blend modes, blend modes, everywhere!
      1m 38s
    3. Cycling through the blending modes
      2m 1s
    4. Three blending modes you must know
      5m 8s
    5. Blending mode keyboard shortcuts
      2m 33s
  3. 3m 13s
    1. Roughening or pointilizing edges with Dissolve
      3m 13s
  4. 34m 40s
    1. Removing halos with Darken
      2m 26s
    2. Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply
      3m 50s
    3. Tonal correction with Screen and Multiply
      3m 35s
    4. Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
      3m 58s
    5. Creating a composite from a single Camera Raw file
      5m 56s
    6. Creating a cast shadow with Multiply
      4m 50s
    7. Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen
      3m 39s
    8. From iPhone to Photoshop: Colorizing line art with Multiply
      6m 26s
  5. 14m 47s
    1. Removing dust spots with Lighten
      1m 36s
    2. Adding lightning to a sky with Screen
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 27s
    4. Reducing halos when sharpening with Lighten
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a faint soft-edged line drawing with Linear Dodge
      3m 29s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Using Dodge and Burn with Overlay
      4m 34s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Overlay
      6m 37s
    3. Using graduated neutral density filters with Overlay
      5m 32s
    4. Custom vignettes with Overlay
      3m 30s
    5. High-Pass sharpening with Overlay
      4m 16s
    6. Smoothing skin with High-Pass sharpening and Overlay
      5m 29s
    7. Textured patterns with Overlay
      6m 21s
    8. Textured type with Overlay
      2m 55s
    9. Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay
      2m 49s
    10. Creating a subtle glow with Soft Light
      2m 57s
    11. Creating a medium glow with Soft Light
      4m 25s
    12. Simulating film grain with Add Noise and Soft Light
      3m 54s
    13. Recovering detail in over-saturated areas with Pin Light
      8m 30s
    14. Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply
      3m 15s
  7. 5m 7s
    1. Aligning layers with Difference
      5m 7s
  8. 12m 51s
    1. Reducing color noise with Color
      2m 13s
    2. Avoiding false saturation with Luminosity
      5m 33s
    3. Recovering detail in blown-out highlights with Luminosity
      5m 5s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Getting better sepia tones
      5m 15s
    2. Using antique color effects
      5m 5s
    3. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 34s
    4. Replacing the sky in an image
      3m 44s
    5. Splitting edges when sharpening
      3m 15s
    6. Displacing type around contours
      4m 34s
  10. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Photoshop Blend Mode Magic
2h 58m Intermediate May 20, 2009

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the three must-learn blend modes
  • Adding texture overlays
  • Recovering detail using Luminosity and Pin Light
  • Enhancing highlight and shadow details
  • Instant dust spot removal
  • Using Overlay to add textured type
  • Simulating film grain
  • Adding antique color effects
  • Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Michael Ninness

Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply

All right, this next technique is totally going to give away when I went to high school. I call it the `80s Pop Art technique and if you think back to the `80s, if you were in high school with me back then, think back to some of your old pop groups like AHA or Duran Duran and their album covers had these really posterized black and white art with kind of a color wash over the top. So that's kind of work we are going with this particular technique. We are going to use a combination of duplicate layers along with some blend modes to achieve this effect.

So let's get started. We'll Command+J or Ctrl+J and that will duplicate the current layer. I'm going to go ahead and rename this de-saturate, because you want to work with a black and white version of this original, so Command+Shift+U or Ctrl+Shift+U will just be the very quick de-saturate command. We are going to go ahead and duplicate this layer. This time I want to name the duplicate as I make it, so I'm going to add Option or Alt to that shortcut. Command+Option+J or Ctrl+Alt+J. And we are going to call this Invert+Hard Mix+Blur. I'm going to do all three of these things to this duplicate. Go ahead and click OK.

First thing we do is invert it, Command+I or Ctrl+I on Windows. Then we are going to change the blend mode to Hard Mix and what Hard Mix does is it posterizes your layer and blends it down with a layer underneath it. Doesn't look very appealing right now, but it's doing a really harsh posterization between two grayscale images here. But we are going to add a Gaussian Blur to this and you're really going to see this effect start to pop out, no pun intended. We want to be able to control the amount of blur after the fact and we want to fine-tune it, so I'm going to convert this layer to a Smart Object by right-clicking and choosing Convert to Smart Object. And then we'll go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and this is where you're going to start to seeing the posterization be a little bit more like we want, to have this kind of charcoal drawing effect if you will. So what Radius you want is completely up to you.

I'm going to go with, what the heck, 6.8 looks good to me, okay. Click OK. Nice thing is that if you want to go back and fine-tune this at any point, you just double click on Gaussian Blur and it brings it right back. It's non-destructive and you can go do what you want there. Last thing we want to put the color wash on top of this so we are going to go back to our original source layer, the background layer, we are going to duplicate it, Command+J or Ctrl+J, and we'll move it to the top of the stack like so. And then we need to blend these colors back through the big black areas of pixels there.

So we are going to use the Multiply blend mode to do that. And now we have got our final effect. Now if you want to lower the intensity of the color, you just play with the Opacity of that Multiply layer. I want to go ahead and get my Move tool, press V for the Move tool, and I'll stay with say maybe 70%. Just to get a nice subtle pastel-y type color to kind of match that. What I'm remembering of the old Duran Duran or whatever album covers I have somehow got stuck in my brain. All right, so there we have it, play around with all these different variables. But there's your `80s Pop Art Effect using the combination blend modes including Hard Mix and just playing around with Blur and Opacity to achieve your final effect.

There are currently no FAQs about Photoshop Blend Mode Magic.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Photoshop Blend Mode Magic.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.