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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
We saw in the previous movie how we can neutralize whites using the Multiply blend mode; the converse of that is neutralizing blacks using the Screen blend mode. Here I have a picture of Saint Paul's Cathedral at night and I'm going to turn on this layer of fireworks. Now, this would be impossible to make a decent selection or we'd lose too much detail around the firework itself, but thankfully its background is black, so all we need to do is change the Blend Mode to Screen. And if the background wasn't completely black, we could use the same technique as we did before in the previous movie of forcing the background to black.
When it becomes black, it disappears; it's neutralized by the Screen blend mode. So sometimes, these blending modes could be incredibly useful as a way of making certain colors disappear. Multiply neutralizes white, Screen neutralizes black, and Overlay neutralizes neutral gray.
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