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Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Advanced Blending

Normal mode vs. Dissolve mode


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Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Advanced Blending

with Deke McClelland

Video: Normal mode vs. Dissolve mode

In this chapter we'll be taking a look at the normal modes. Now the first of the normal modes is Normal, which turns the Blend Mode off, not really anymore to say about that. The other modes are Dissolve, which I'll demonstrate inside this exercise. We also have a couple of other modes behind and clear that are associated with the Brush Tool and the Fill command and we'll see how those work in future exercises. I'm working in a file called Circles. psd found inside the 03_normal folder, and I'm going to start things off by switching the Blend Mode from Normal to Dissolve.
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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 43s
  2. 33m 15s
    1. When in doubt, blend
      2m 20s
    2. Where to find blending options
      4m 10s
    3. 27 blend modes, 6 groups
      4m 23s
    4. Opacity vs. Fill Opacity
      4m 41s
    5. The "Fill Opacity Eight"
      4m 59s
    6. Blending adjustment layers
      4m 43s
    7. Blend mode shortcuts
      7m 59s
  3. 27m 3s
    1. The power of standardized arithmetic
      6m 58s
    2. Photoshop's blending formulas
      5m 27s
    3. Darken formulas vs. lighten formulas
      4m 15s
    4. Contrast mode formulas
      7m 28s
    5. Inversion, cancelation, and HSL
      2m 55s
  4. 17m 50s
    1. Normal mode vs. Dissolve mode
      2m 11s
    2. Making a dynamic Dissolve effect
      2m 21s
    3. Creating a Dissolve text effect
      4m 48s
    4. The Behind and Clear modes
      3m 2s
    5. Filling a stroke with Behind and Clear
      5m 28s
  5. 43m 24s
    1. Darken vs. Darken Color
      4m 25s
    2. Creating filter effects with Darken
      5m 0s
    3. The Multiply and Burn modes
      6m 27s
    4. Cleaning up scanned line art
      7m 30s
    5. Comping line art against a photo
      5m 12s
    6. Colorizing comped line art
      5m 14s
    7. Masking with a darken mode
      3m 59s
    8. Refining a mask with Multiply
      5m 37s
  6. 33m 36s
    1. Lighten vs. Lighter Color
      2m 29s
    2. Creating filter effects with Lighten
      2m 47s
    3. The Screen and Dodge modes
      4m 35s
    4. Blending white type, darkening shadows
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a classic double-exposure effect
      3m 49s
    6. Making dark line art bright
      5m 11s
    7. Masking with a lighten mode
      5m 4s
    8. Refine, filter, and blend
      6m 39s
  7. 35m 18s
    1. Overlay, Soft Light, and Hard Light
      5m 2s
    2. Vivid, Linear, and Pin Light
      4m 2s
    3. The amazing Hard Mix mode
      3m 51s
    4. Two variations on a single mode
      5m 37s
    5. Adding clarity with a contrast mode
      4m 9s
    6. Creating a glowing, soft-focus effect
      3m 38s
    7. Blending an image with a paper texture
      4m 11s
    8. Turning flesh into stone
      4m 48s
  8. 18m 10s
    1. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      7m 7s
    2. Comparing seemingly identical images
      3m 25s
    3. Creating type that inverts any background
      3m 30s
    4. Making inversion type black and white
      4m 8s
  9. 16m 57s
    1. Luminosity, Color, Hue, and Saturation
      3m 29s
    2. Colorizing artwork with layers
      7m 24s
    3. Correcting skin tones with Hue
      6m 4s
  10. 14m 57s
    1. Using the This Layer slider option
      6m 44s
    2. Using the Underlying Layer slider option
      3m 16s
    3. Achieving greater control with Blend If
      4m 57s
  11. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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Photoshop Masking and Compositing: Advanced Blending
4h 3m Intermediate Nov 28, 2011

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Advanced Blending is the second installment in Deke McClelland's series on making photorealistic compositions in Photoshop. The course explores blending options and shows how to use them to create sophisticated effects and seamless compositions, often without masking. Beginning with the basics of blending layered images, the course sheds light on the formulas behind the Photoshop blend modes and shows how to comp scanned line art, create double-exposure effects, correct skin tones, and work with the luminance sliders.

Topics include:
  • Assembling dynamic Dissolve effects
  • Filling and stroking with Behind and Clear
  • Cleaning up and compositing scanned line art
  • Understanding the darken, lighten, and contrast modes
  • Refining a mask with Multiply and Screen
  • Creating a glowing, soft-focus effect
  • Blending images with textures
  • Comparing two seemingly identical images
  • Creating type that inverts everything behind it
  • Colorizing artwork with layers
  • Achieving greater control with the Blend If option
Subjects:
Design Masking + Compositing
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Normal mode vs. Dissolve mode

In this chapter we'll be taking a look at the normal modes. Now the first of the normal modes is Normal, which turns the Blend Mode off, not really anymore to say about that. The other modes are Dissolve, which I'll demonstrate inside this exercise. We also have a couple of other modes behind and clear that are associated with the Brush Tool and the Fill command and we'll see how those work in future exercises. I'm working in a file called Circles. psd found inside the 03_normal folder, and I'm going to start things off by switching the Blend Mode from Normal to Dissolve.

You're not going to see much of a difference I'll go ahead and zoom on in here, so that we can see those edges, and you know what, I'll zoom to 200%, so you can see how things have gotten a little bit ratty along those edges. And what's happing here is, Photoshop is converting those edges to either absolutely opaque or absolutely transparent. So we're losing the anti-aliasing and then anti-alias edge is getting resolved as a dither pattern. Now it doesn't look much more than ratty at this point, let's go ahead and zoom back out by pressing Ctrl+ 0 or Command+0 on the Mac.

If you really want to get a sense of what Dissolve is doing then try pressing for example the 5 key in order to reduce the opacity to 50%, and you'll see that instead of getting the standard expression of translucency which is what we get if we were looking at the circle in the Normal Mode and just for the sake of demonstration I'll press Shift+ Alt+N or Shift+Option+N on the Mac to switch back to Normal and now you can see that we have your everyday average 50% opaque circle. Alright, I'll press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to switch back to dissolve. So that's one way to exploit the Dissolve Mode, I'm going to press the 0 key in order to restore the Opacity to 100%.

Here is something else you can do. Go up to the Filter menu and choose Blur and then choose Gaussian Blur and let's go ahead and increase that Blur value to something like 25 pixels and you can see that the entire blurred area, which is ultimately an expression of translucency turns into a dithered noise pattern. Now I'll go ahead and click OK in order to accept the effect. So that's the basics of what's going on with the Dissolve Mode. In the next exercise I'll show you how Dissolve becomes a more powerful Blend Mode when assigned to a Layer Mask.

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