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Cycling between blend modes

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Video: Cycling between blend modes

In this exercise I'm going to show you the difference between the Normal and Dissolve modes just so that we can get that out of the way and then I will also show you how to cycle between Blend modes from the keyboard. I'm working inside an image called Paper pushers.psd found inside the 28_blending folder. There is actually two pieces to this composition here. One of the images, the one on the wrestlers layer comes to us from Ron Chapple stock and then the underlying parchment image comes to us from Jumping Sack both of the Fotolia Image Library about which you can learn more fotolia.com/deke.

Cycling between blend modes

In this exercise I'm going to show you the difference between the Normal and Dissolve modes just so that we can get that out of the way and then I will also show you how to cycle between Blend modes from the keyboard. I'm working inside an image called Paper pushers.psd found inside the 28_blending folder. There is actually two pieces to this composition here. One of the images, the one on the wrestlers layer comes to us from Ron Chapple stock and then the underlying parchment image comes to us from Jumping Sack both of the Fotolia Image Library about which you can learn more fotolia.com/deke.

All right, so I've got the wrestlers layer selected. So it's my active layer, the one that I'm changing. And let's say you decide to reduce the Opacity value to 50% and I'm going to do that just by pressing the 5 key. So you may recall as long as any of the tools except this middle region of tools, except the painting and editing tools, as long as any other tool is selected, pressing a number key is going to change the Opacity of the active layer. So if I press the 5 key, I get an Opacity of 50%.

If I press the 4 key, I get 40%. If I press 67, 6, 7 in a row I get 67%. So the only percentage you can't get too from the keyboard without selecting the value is 0%. You can't get to 1% by dialing in 01, but if you hit 0, 0 you just going to get a 100%. So if you want 0% for whatever reason, you have the dial that in manually. Anyway, I'm going to set it to 50% once again and notice that we get a 50-50 blend of the wrestlers layer along with the parchment below.

So no big surprise there. Watch what happens when we switch from Normal to the next mode down, Dissolve. Why we get this effect here? And let me zoom in just so that I can make sure that you're seeing the results of this effect up close and personal. We'll go ahead and take a look at this dude and instead of seeing 50-50 blend, that is honest-to-goodness translucency, we're seeing pixels either turn on or off in a random dither pattern. So we're seeing 50% of the pixels opaque and the other 50% of the pixels transparent so that we can see the parchment below.

And if you want more opaque pixels, you would raise the value, for example, I could press the 7 key to raise that value to 70%. So now 70% of the pixels are opaque and 30% of the pixels are transparent. If I press 3 for 30%, I'd get the opposite. Now, I have 30% of the pixels opaque and 70% transparent. What good is it? None. That's the answer to that. I just want you to know how it works. It's an old school effect. It used to be kind of useful for creating shadows for GIF images, that kind of stuff anymore.

I recommend steering clear of it. I don't actually find it to be particularly useful one. Anyway, I'm just going to go ahead and raise the opacity value to 100% by pressing 0 key. The other thing you should know is that when you select any one of these blend modes here on the PC, this is just a PC thing, very irritating PC thing by the way, when you click on one of these modes it sticks. So, for example I'd just selected the Darken mode. I'll explain what's going on with the Darken mode in the next exercise, but for now just notice that the blend mode sticks here on the PC.

And what that means is that you can take advantage of a bunch of other keyboard shortcuts, basically the program will ignore you as long as this option is stuck. And so that means you can exploit the stickiness of the blend mode. again, just here on the PC, by pressing the Down Arrow key or the Right Arrow key to advance to the next blend mode or the Up Arrow key or the Left Arrow key to go to the previous Blend mode. Now, that's not necessarily a way that I relish working because there is a better keyboard shortcut than that. So what you do here, on the PC, is if you notice the Blend mode is stuck then you press the Escape key to un-stick it.

It keeps the Blend mode selected however, and if you're not sure what's going and the program is ignoring you, then just go ahead and press the Escape key and see if that helps. Another thing you can do both on the Mac and the PC is click inside the program just make sure it's active. So often I found Photoshop CS5 just bizarrely stops paying attention to you. And the way to get it's attention again it's just a click. All right, so another way to switch between Blend modes from the keyboard is to press Shift along with the plus or minus keys. So if you press Shift+plus you'll advance to the next Blend mode, in this case, Multiply.

Shift+plus again, I get to Color Burn, Shift+plus again I get to Linear Burn. If I want to a backup I press Shift+minus. So when I press Shift+minus now I get Color Burn, and then Multiply, and then Darken, and then Dissolve, and then finally Normal. Now, another keyboard shortcut you should bear in mind. Let's say that I've advanced a little bit here. I'll go ahead and advance to say Color Burn. If you ever want to reinstate Normal which you'll often times will, then assuming, once again, that any tool except this middle group of tools here; the painting and editing tools, if any other tool is selected then you can press this keyboard shortcut Shift+Alt+N, that would be Shift+Option+N on the Mac and that goes ahead and reinstates the Normal mode.

So that's a really good one to remember. Again, it's Shift+Alt+N or Shift+Option+N on the Mac. Now, one thing to bear in mind, a little bit of the caveat there when you're switching between Blend modes if you're fishing around just by pressing Shift+plus and Shift+minus for example, you're going to clutter up your history states. So I'm going to bring up the History panel for a moment just so that we can see. And notice here that I had changed the Opacity value a couple of times right at the onset of things and then after that I've just got a ton of stages that say Blending Change. What that means is if you're experimenting with a bunch of different Blend modes, it's easy to push away old states inside the History panel and there maybe states that you ultimately want to come back to.

So you just have to pay a little bit of attention. What I would suggest is before you go on a big Blend mode adventure, you either save your changes so you save the image or you come here to the History panel and you click a little camera in order to create a snapshot. In that way if you create that snapshot as I just did, then you can come back to it later after you get done goofing around. All right, so now you have a sense of how the Dissolve mode works and how to switch between Blend modes. In the next exercise we'll visit the Darken mode.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

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  1. 40m 45s
    1. Welcome
      2m 45s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 5s
  2. 1h 11m
    1. Your creative range continues to expand
      1m 46s
    2. The Avatar project so far
      2m 38s
    3. Painting on a photograph
      7m 50s
    4. Adding texture and depth
      6m 14s
    5. Simulating chalky white paint
      7m 23s
    6. Masking and placing an image
      7m 20s
    7. Upsampling and Lens Blur
      5m 9s
    8. Blending blurry elements
      3m 48s
    9. Making a Smart Object
      6m 46s
    10. Placing an image as a Smart Object
      3m 22s
    11. Blending away a background
      5m 56s
    12. Applying Smart Filters
      4m 34s
    13. Creating a glow with Lens Flare
      3m 45s
    14. Blending and masking a glow
      5m 3s
  3. 1h 26m
    1. Using the image to select itself
      1m 53s
    2. Introducing masking
      6m 32s
    3. Making an alpha channel
      6m 54s
    4. Using the Calculations command
      6m 48s
    5. Add, Subtract, Offset, and Scale
      5m 54s
    6. Prepping an image with the Dodge tool
      6m 55s
    7. Fixing mistakes before they get too big
      6m 32s
    8. Painting in the Overlay mode
      5m 51s
    9. Exaggerating and selecting flesh tones
      7m 39s
    10. Smudge, Median, and the Blur tool
      6m 59s
    11. Masking low-contrast details
      6m 7s
    12. Creating a flesh-and-clothing mask
      5m 45s
    13. Masking and compositing the foreground
      5m 27s
    14. Finessing the final composition
      7m 39s
  4. 2h 24m
    1. Connecting the dots
      1m 40s
    2. The Pen tool and the Paths panel
      6m 32s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided outline
      6m 25s
    4. Editing a path outline
      6m 36s
    5. Adding and editing smooth points
      5m 35s
    6. Creating vector masks with the shape tools
      4m 59s
    7. Building a complex outline from shapes
      4m 26s
    8. Subtracting and transforming shapes
      6m 45s
    9. Cloning, flipping, and combining shapes
      8m 58s
    10. Roughing in non-symmetrical paths
      7m 41s
    11. Finessing a complex outline
      9m 15s
    12. Masking a layer effect
      8m 26s
    13. Isolating an image element
      6m 8s
    14. Smooth points and control handles
      9m 3s
    15. Stretching curved segments
      7m 49s
    16. Using the Rubber Band option
      9m 33s
    17. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      6m 59s
    18. Shading an isolated object
      3m 45s
    19. Drawing cusp points
      7m 14s
    20. Setting points in the pasteboard
      9m 57s
    21. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 42s
  5. 2h 57m
    1. Everything you need to know about blending
      1m 45s
    2. Photoshop CS5's blend modes
      7m 21s
    3. Cycling between blend modes
      6m 15s
    4. Darken and Lighten and their derivatives
      6m 3s
    5. The blend mode shortcuts
      8m 6s
    6. The Multiply and Burn modes
      4m 28s
    7. The Screen and Dodge modes
      6m 0s
    8. How opposite blend modes work
      8m 24s
    9. Why Multiply darkens and Divide lightens
      5m 23s
    10. Cleaning up a client's bad art
      5m 3s
    11. Dropping out a white background
      5m 56s
    12. Blending inside blend modes
      8m 3s
    13. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      6m 26s
    14. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light (and Hard Mix)
      6m 35s
    15. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 34s
    16. Great uses for the Difference mode
      6m 18s
    17. Promising uses for the Divide mode
      9m 6s
    18. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      7m 0s
    19. Blending an inverted layer
      3m 32s
    20. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      7m 25s
    21. Making bad blend modes good
      5m 16s
    22. Making a knockout layer
      6m 53s
    23. Blending in the CMYK mode
      8m 3s
    24. Overprinting black text
      8m 29s
    25. Using the Luminance slider
      5m 24s
    26. Parametric luminance masking
      6m 21s
    27. Adjusting the behavior of luminance effects
      10m 8s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Smart Objects = protective containers
      1m 35s
    2. Placing an Illustrator graphic
      6m 30s
    3. Vector copy and paste options
      6m 56s
    4. Applying Puppet Warp to vectors
      8m 9s
    5. "Gluing" vector art for Puppet Warp
      5m 50s
    6. Warping art onto the surface of an image
      8m 7s
    7. Blending a Smart Object
      4m 30s
    8. Blurring and blending a Smart Object
      6m 8s
    9. Making changes in Illustrator
      5m 57s
    10. Creating "true clones"
      7m 18s
    11. Double-flipping text
      4m 44s
    12. Applying effects to multiple layers
      3m 24s
    13. Updating true clones in one operation
      7m 36s
    14. Editing JPEGs as Camera Raw objects
      5m 49s
    15. Creating a double-exposure effect
      7m 15s
    16. Masking and shading transitions
      7m 47s
    17. Applying and repeating Camera Raw edits
      6m 9s
    18. Copying vs. cloning a Smart Object
      5m 18s
    19. Flipping a Smart Object and its mask
      3m 42s
    20. Adjusting multiple Camera Raw clones
      3m 53s
    21. Text that inverts everything behind it
      5m 34s
  7. 1h 59m
    1. This time, "smart" means dynamic
      1m 37s
    2. Introducing Smart Filters
      6m 28s
    3. Traditional High Pass sharpening
      5m 17s
    4. Smart High Pass in the Lab mode
      7m 57s
    5. Sharpening a high-frequency image
      7m 46s
    6. Retroactively reducing noise
      7m 31s
    7. Which filters are Smart Filters?
      6m 20s
    8. Shadows/Highlights as a Smart Filter
      4m 37s
    9. Nesting one Smart Object inside another
      7m 11s
    10. Drawing a mask from a nested Smart Object
      8m 7s
    11. Better Shadows/Highlights inside Lab
      9m 16s
    12. Tempering saturation values in Lab
      7m 0s
    13. Filtering live, editable text
      9m 2s
    14. Enhancing filters with layer effects
      4m 33s
    15. Applying a filter multiple times
      5m 0s
    16. Creating a synthetic star field
      7m 7s
    17. Making a stucco or drywall pattern
      6m 28s
    18. Land, sea, and clouds
      8m 30s
  8. 2h 50m
    1. Photoshop's advanced painting tools
      2m 3s
    2. Canvas texture and brush libraries
      6m 40s
    3. Painting with a predefined custom brush
      9m 21s
    4. Dissecting a custom brush
      11m 9s
    5. Designing and using a custom brush
      4m 54s
    6. Saving and loading brush presets
      5m 27s
    7. The ten styles of bristle brushes
      9m 47s
    8. Size, Spacing, and Angle
      7m 2s
    9. Using the Bristle Brush preview
      7m 53s
    10. Bristles, Length, Thickness, and Stiffness
      6m 53s
    11. Stylus tilt and mouse behavior
      5m 25s
    12. Stroking a path outline with a brush
      4m 0s
    13. Troubleshooting a stylus
      5m 49s
    14. Introducing the Mixer Brush
      7m 22s
    15. The Load, Mix, and Wet values
      5m 1s
    16. Cleaning and loading a brush
      6m 26s
    17. Shading a piece of graphic art
      6m 34s
    18. Shading with color
      7m 53s
    19. Mixing a photographic portrait
      6m 11s
    20. Tracing the fine details in an image
      5m 52s
    21. Crosshatching and brush size
      5m 53s
    22. Covering up and augmenting details
      7m 36s
    23. Painting in hair and fabric
      5m 54s
    24. Painting and scaling very fine hairs
      8m 7s
    25. Adding texture with the Emboss filter
      8m 31s
    26. Exploiting a "happy accident"
      2m 46s
  9. 1h 40m
    1. Artificial intelligence that works
      1m 22s
    2. The Auto-Align Layers command
      7m 25s
    3. The Auto-Blend Layers command
      3m 54s
    4. Masking auto-aligned layers
      4m 50s
    5. The Geometric Distortion setting
      6m 44s
    6. The Seamless Tones and Colors checkbox
      4m 8s
    7. Creating the best possible layer mask
      9m 18s
    8. Auto-blending depths of field
      5m 54s
    9. Finessing masks, accepting imperfections
      6m 29s
    10. Shooting and downsampling panorama images
      5m 54s
    11. Introducing the Photomerge command
      6m 40s
    12. Evaluating the Layout settings
      6m 47s
    13. Loading, aligning, and blending with Photomerge
      5m 36s
    14. Tracing and extracting seams
      7m 18s
    15. Adding a masked element into a panorama
      5m 55s
    16. Simplifying and correcting a panorama
      5m 58s
    17. Smart Filters and nondestructive cropping
      6m 43s
  10. 1h 18m
    1. The most mysterious of mysterious topics
      2m 29s
    2. Introducing HDR Toning
      6m 43s
    3. Reigning in clipped highlights
      5m 54s
    4. The Local Adaptation options
      9m 5s
    5. Nondestructive editing with HDR Toning
      8m 22s
    6. Using the HDR Toning Curve
      7m 2s
    7. HDR Toning vs. Shadows/Highlights
      6m 0s
    8. Merging multiple exposures
      7m 14s
    9. A first look at HDR Pro
      6m 24s
    10. Removing ghosts, correcting backlighting
      7m 11s
    11. Generating and editing an HDR comp
      7m 0s
    12. HDR rendered to completion
      5m 19s
  11. 1h 27m
    1. Processing hundreds of files in no time
      1m 43s
    2. Creating an action set
      6m 37s
    3. Making an action
      7m 7s
    4. Stop, Delete, and Record
      7m 12s
    5. Add, Undo, and Rerecord
      6m 40s
    6. Playing and testing an action
      6m 31s
    7. Playing and editing a specific operation
      6m 39s
    8. Permitting the user to change settings
      4m 58s
    9. Explaining an action with a custom stop
      5m 0s
    10. Batch-processing multiple images
      7m 22s
    11. Adding a Save As operation
      6m 34s
    12. Creating an action to save web graphics
      7m 59s
    13. Batching two actions into one
      7m 15s
    14. Saving and loading actions
      5m 30s
  12. 1m 19s
    1. See ya
      1m 19s

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