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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.
I get a kick out of watching designers learn Photoshop because they have this tendency to play with every single menu command just to see what it does. Many of you may have spent eight hours in the Filter menu choosing every single filter just to see what it would do, right? Kind of the same thing with blend modes. You may have seen these talked about before, you have seen a demo or maybe seen them in a book or something like that, and you pop up in this list of blend modes and you have no idea what these things are. You haven't memorized them and who does, right? That's why you are watching a course like this. So most of the time you just know that you want to do a different blend of this say flower layer down to underlying layer.
So you go to the Blend Mode list and you do something like this. Was it that one? No. Was it that one? No. Uh. And you just keep using that pop-up menu until you figure out which one you like. So that's you and you have no idea what these things actually do and you are just going visually, then I'm going to give you a different way to experiment. When you just want to cycle through your blend modes until you get to the one that you like. You're going to start out by having your Move tool selected, so I'm going to press V on my keyboard to make sure the Move tool is the active tool and then you just hold on the Shift key and then Plus and Minus. So if I do Shift+Plus, it goes to the next blend mode in the list. So here's Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn and it really doesn't matter what blend mode you are actually going to. You are just looking at your image document here and seeing if you like that particular appearance.
If you do Shift+Minus, it goes to the previous blend mode in the list. So this is a much faster way. Save your wrist, save your having to go up to that pop-up menu and use the pop-up menu every single time you want to change to different blend mode. The same shortcut works for when you have Painting tool selected as well. So if I do B for the Brush tool, you'll see that there's that Blend Mode list in the Options bar as well. And Shift+Plus and Shift+Minus will cycle you through the different blend modes for the actual Painting tool as well. So we'll just all the way back to Normal to get back to the beginning. So cycling through your blend modes, great trick with the Move tool for layers.
Hold down your Shift key, Plus and Minus to go previous and backwards and you'll have a lot quicker way of cycling through you blend modes.
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