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Play with blend modes Photoshop

Playing with blend modes provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Tim Grey as p… Show More

Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

with Tim Grey

Video: Play with blend modes Photoshop

Playing with blend modes provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Tim Grey as part of the Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters
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  1. 1m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 24s
  2. 16m 23s
    1. Adding a single filter
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Filter Gallery
      4m 51s
    3. Using Smart Filters
      4m 2s
    4. A flexible filter workflow
      4m 9s
  3. 36m 0s
    1. Creating an ethereal effect with Clarity
      2m 13s
    2. Creating a black-and-white interpretation of an image
      3m 12s
    3. Adding a monochromatic tint effect
      2m 27s
    4. Using a gradient map preset
      2m 42s
    5. Creating a gradient map preset
      7m 48s
    6. Adding a vignette
      3m 17s
    7. Adding film grain
      5m 25s
    8. Oversharpening
      3m 17s
    9. HDR tone mapping
      5m 39s
  4. 37m 47s
    1. Creating a filtered edge effect
      4m 6s
    2. Producing a dreamy look with Surface Blur
      3m 4s
    3. Iris Blur with a twist
      4m 32s
    4. The Tilt-Shift blur effect
      3m 52s
    5. Creating an oil paint effect
      4m 36s
    6. Adding selective motion blur
      4m 36s
    7. Adding lens flare
      5m 21s
    8. Adding a lighting effect
      5m 6s
    9. Adding an ethereal glow
      2m 34s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Applying a wild curve
      3m 1s
    2. Playing with blend modes
      4m 0s
    3. Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
      2m 41s
    4. Creating a sketch effect
      5m 26s
    5. Crystallizing pixels
      3m 6s
    6. Getting extreme with Mezzotint
      3m 42s
    7. The Solarize filter
      2m 25s
  6. 38m 38s
    1. Smearing with Liquify
      7m 0s
    2. Going fish-eye with Polar Coordinates
      3m 38s
    3. Using the Spherize and Pinch filters
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Ripple, Twirl, Wave, and ZigZag filters
      5m 45s
    5. Getting blocky with Mosaic
      2m 44s
    6. Creating huge pixels with Pointilize
      3m 0s
    7. Creating tiles
      3m 42s
    8. Creating blocks with Extrude
      4m 29s
    9. Mapping the image with Trace Contour
      2m 44s
    10. Creating a stylized wind-blown effect
      2m 18s

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Playing with blend modes
Video Duration: 4m 0s 2h 34m Intermediate


Playing with blend modes provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Tim Grey as part of the Photoshop Creative Effects and Filters

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In this one of-a-kind workshop Tim shares his favorite techniques for using Adobe Photoshop's effects and filters to create imaginative, out-of-the-ordinary images. He starts with simple things like black-and-white interpretations, monochromatic tints, vignettes, and film grain, then moves on to more dramatic effects like Surface Blur, Tilt-Shift Blur, Oil Paint. From there, head into "wilder territory," as Tim explores some experimental ways to stylize and distort your images.

Topics include:
  • Working with the Filter Gallery
  • Creating a black-and-white effect
  • Applying a vignette
  • Adding motion blur
  • Creating a painterly effect with Find Edges
  • Smearing with Liquify
  • Mapping the image with Trace Contour
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Playing with blend modes

Blend modes are a rather interesting feature in Photoshop. They allow you to take multiple Image layers and blend them in a variety of different ways. And the effects can be rather interesting in many cases. Let's take a look at how we can experiment around with blend modes, and possibly find some ways to utilize them as an interesting interpretation of our photos. I'm going to start off by creating a copy of my Background Image layer. In large part, because blend modes require that we have more than one image layer to work with, because they're creating blending between those layers.

So I'll drag the thumbnail for my Background Image layer down to the Create New Layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. That will create my background copy, and I could then change the blend mode if I wanted to. But most of the blend modes require some level of difference between the pixels that you're blending into the underlying image. So what we would be doing is taking the pixel values for the Background Copy layer, and combining them in some way with the underlying background image layer. Now certain of the blend modes will create a different effect even if the pixel values are identical. For example, I could switch to the Overlay blend mode and that will give me a little bit more contrast because it's one of the contrast blend modes. And there are certainly other examples, but let's take a look at some other possibilities.

I'll set the blend mode back to the default of normal, and then I'll invert my Background Copy layer by choosing Image > Adjustments and then Invert from the menu. That creates an inverted version of the image, so yellow becomes blue for example, and black becomes white. But if I change the blend mode, then I can get some interesting results. I'll start off with the darken blend mode, but let's take a look at the various effects. In some cases, the effect will not be all that interesting. In some cases, it will be entirely black.

But you'll also get some creative interpretations of your photo. Some things that you might have never thought of achieving on your own, and that's part of the fun of working with these various blend modes, is that you can create results in a variety of ways that are sort of difficult to anticipate. This is certainly an interesting result for example, I'll go ahead and cycle through the rest of the blend modes here, and we'll see a variety of different possibilities. Some very interesting and some not so much. We can take things a step further by also flipping the image or otherwise changing the arrangement of pixels. Again keep in mind that blend modes operate based on differences between pixel values.

They're using math to compare the value of one pixel with another on individual layers, and that can create some interesting results. So the more difference, the more change there is within the pixels, the more interesting the effects might be. I'll go ahead and switch the blend mode back to Normal, and then I'll go to the Edit menu and choose Transform followed by Flip Horizontal. And that causes the image to be flipped of course, so now my pine cone on the upper layer, is on the left, whereas on the lower layer it's on the right. Let's go ahead and cycle through the various blend modes, and see he interesting sorts of textures and patterns, we can get as a result of this change.

So obviously these have been just a few of the various options. The key is to keep in mind that the more you change the individual pixels on the duplicate layer you've created, or the more different the pixel layers you're using. For example, you could blend completely different images in a layer document, and then use blend modes and other adjustments in order to create interesting results. The point is that the more difference there is between pixel values, the more interesting the results are likely to be. And so I encourage you to play around with inverting the image, applying adjustments to one of the layers. Flipping or otherwise rotating one of the layers, just all sorts of different ways for changing the contents of the layers you're working with, and then experimenting around with different blend modes.

I think you'll be surprised at the wide variety of unanticipated results, you'll be able to achieve.

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