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Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply

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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.

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.

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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic

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  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

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