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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
In Photoshop, Blending modes are quite fascinating, and they are ton of fun, and what they do is they allow us to blend multiple things together in order to come up with some functional and creative effects. Let's start to think about Blending modes. Let's take, for example, two images. Well, what we can do in Photoshop is blend these two images together so that we can come up with a third image that's completely different, and you could think about this in regards to working with layers; for example, we could take these two layers here, blend them together with a particular mode and then again come up with a completely different result.
Now, the interesting thing about Blending modes is that they don't only exist in layers; rather, we're going to see this dialog in a number of different places, whether in our Layers panel, or whether we're working with one of our Brush tool, or the Clone Stamp, or the Healing Brush. We want to look for this dialog. By default, it's always set to Normal; yet if we click on it and expand it, we're going to see that we have this huge range of options. Now, at first glance, this may be a little bit overwhelming and even intimidating.
How does all of this make sense? Let's deconstruct this and then take a look at a few examples of how we can use these Blending modes. For starters, you'll notice that these are grouped together, and that we have these different groups here. Let's begin to kind of oversimplify the menu and distill these different groups. Well, the first group is really all about darkening something. So if you're going to combine or blend something together with one of these options, it's going to make something darker. On the other hand, the next group is all about lightening.
The third group is really about contrast, and then the next group down here is really for comparison or special effect, and then the final group is all about color. Now, this is definitely one of those things you want to take notes on; yet if you forget, it's kind of nice because Darken and Lighten are the first in these two groups. And you'll soon become familiar with Overlay and Soft Light, those really focus in on Contrast, and then Difference, that makes sense, right, comparing something or perhaps having some kind of a different effect, and then down here, Color.
That one's easy to memorize as well. Hue Saturation, Color, again, focusing in on different ways to blend with Color. All right. Well, now that we know a little bit about Blending modes, let's dig a little bit further and deconstruct this even more, and we're going to do that in the next movie.
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