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Using the Blend If blending option

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Video: Using the Blend If blending option

Down at the bottom of the Layer Style panel, we have the Blend If sliders and I've tried many times to make these work, only with limited success I have to say. They never quite work as well as you might like them to and usually when you do get them to work, there is often an easier way of achieving the same and that pretty much I can say is the case here. The result I am trying to get is I would like to combine this blue sky with the more dramatic sky of this background layer that we have here, this Layer 2.

Using the Blend If blending option

Down at the bottom of the Layer Style panel, we have the Blend If sliders and I've tried many times to make these work, only with limited success I have to say. They never quite work as well as you might like them to and usually when you do get them to work, there is often an easier way of achieving the same and that pretty much I can say is the case here. The result I am trying to get is I would like to combine this blue sky with the more dramatic sky of this background layer that we have here, this Layer 2.

And the result that I end up with is this. So, this is my starting point, this is my finishing point, combining the blue of the original sky with this more dramatic sky of Layer 2 beneath it. So, I am going to turn off Layer 1 and Layer 3 and just re-create this on Layer 1 copy. Double-click to the right off the layer name and then go to the Blend If sliders. And let's just make my image a little bit smaller so that we can see this working.

And what I want to do is I want to change this to blue since I am working on the blues and I am going to come over here to the highlights of the blues and start moving the slider to the left. And as I do so, when I get to a certain point, the blue just starts falling away. We just peel it back. Of course, what's also happening is that other blues that we want to retain are also falling away and that's the shortcoming of this technique.

But when we get to about there, that's as far as we need to go to get rid of all of the blues that we don't want. We can now separate the two parts of this slider by holding down the Option or Alt key and dragging on the right-hand side of it, so that's going to try and reclaim some of the blues. So, we don't get any hard choppy breaks where we've dropped out the blue. Now, as I'm doing this, what you're seeing is the shadows of the layer beneath coming through.

So, how far do I want to go? Well, I am going to go to about there I reckon. That's not so bad but what I did in the final version was I just copied that part of the image on to a layer all by itself and then might show that there was no Blend If happening with that one so I will just re-create that. So, in order to make a reasonably good mask here, I'm going to need to duplicate this layer and I will turn off the Blend If options and then I will come to my Quick Selection tool and go to over the sky like so and then I will inverse that and I will hold down the Alt key and just go over the bits of the image that are still remaining selected.

So, I have that as my selection now and I'm now going to copy that to a new layer, Command+J. I can get rid of this one and with this one I will double-click to the right of the layer name and there is no Blend If going on there, so that's fine. So, this one is now combined on top of Layer 1 copy, effectively restoring the blues in the foreground that we lost by using the Blend If sliders.

Now, I can turn on Layer 2 and there is our finished result. It was a lot of work to get there and maybe there are easier ways to do it but it's nice to revisit with the Blend If sliders every once in a while.

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Photoshop for Designers: Layer Effects

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 13m 22s
    1. What are layer effects?
      3m 9s
    2. Using the Layer Style dialog box
      2m 25s
    3. Moving, copying and removing layer effects
      2m 20s
    4. Working with preset styles
      5m 28s
  3. 29m 46s
    1. Shadow effects 1: Drop Shadow
      7m 11s
    2. Shadow effects 2: Inner Shadow
      1m 2s
    3. Glow effects 1: Outer Glow
      3m 41s
    4. Glow effects 2: Inner Glow
      1m 35s
    5. Bevel and Emboss effect 1: Structure
      2m 9s
    6. Bevel and Emboss effect 2: Shading
      2m 46s
    7. Bevel and Emboss effect 3: Contour
      1m 44s
    8. Bevel and Emboss effect 4: Texture
      1m 29s
    9. Overlay and stroke effects 1: Satin
      1m 1s
    10. Overlay and stroke effects 2: Color Overlay
      1m 27s
    11. Overlay and stroke effects 3: Gradient Overlay
      1m 58s
    12. Overlay and stroke effects 4: Pattern Overlay
      1m 43s
    13. Overlay and stroke effects 5: Stroke
      2m 0s
  4. 25m 37s
    1. Blending modes
      2m 55s
    2. General opacity vs. fill opacity
      1m 16s
    3. Creating a knockout layer
      2m 37s
    4. Blending interior effects
      1m 35s
    5. Blending clipped layers as a group
      1m 18s
    6. Transparency Shapes Layers
      2m 34s
    7. Converting a layer style to image layers
      1m 45s
    8. Blending with the Layer Mask and Vector Mask Hide effects
      1m 56s
    9. Using the Blend If blending option
      3m 53s
    10. Working with contours
      5m 48s
  5. 29m 22s
    1. Placing multiple files as Smart Objects into the type poster
      1m 29s
    2. Creating offset outlines with Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, and Fill Opacity
      6m 19s
    3. Using Fill Opacity to create "ghost" text
      2m 19s
    4. Creating live (editable) blurred type with Drop Shadow
      1m 56s
    5. Creating an extruded shadow
      4m 42s
    6. Customizing a drop shadow
      5m 53s
    7. Reflecting a shadow and applying a displacement map
      6m 44s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Inflating type by softening a smooth bevel
      3m 7s
    2. Creating a chiseled bevel
      6m 14s
    3. Embossing a stroke
      2m 31s
    4. Creating a soft bevel and customizing the contour of the inner shadow
      5m 20s
    5. Combining a smooth bevel with transparency effects
      2m 34s
    6. Embossing the contour of a bevel and adding an outer bevel with texture
      4m 13s
    7. Set in stone: Customizing a bevel with diffused light
      2m 22s
    8. Creating an embossed stamp
      2m 35s
  7. 19m 45s
    1. Working with texture: Pattern Overlay or Layer Mask?
      6m 25s
    2. Creating depth with Pattern Overlay and Inner Shadow
      1m 23s
    3. Creating and applying a custom pattern
      5m 57s
    4. Layer effects and Smart Objects 1
      1m 21s
    5. Layer effects and Smart Objects 2
      4m 39s
  8. 26m 7s
    1. Using Inner Glow to create interior shapes and neon
      7m 6s
    2. Choking an Inner Glow effect to create inline effects
      2m 4s
    3. Adapting an Inner Glow using the Contour, Range, and Jitter controls
      1m 30s
    4. Creating a stencil effect with Outer Glow and Shallow Knockout
      7m 41s
    5. Customizing contours to create multiple outlines
      2m 11s
    6. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 1
      1m 51s
    7. Combining Gradient Overlay and a gradient stroke 2
      1m 24s
    8. Using Satin with a custom contour
      2m 20s
  9. 9m 3s
    1. Building a type poster
      4m 26s
    2. Adding paper behind the letters
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      18s

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