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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 order to further deepen our understanding of Blending modes, let's take a look at this scenario. For example, here you can see I have created this little slide, and I have these two different lynda.com logos on different layers. You can see that if I turn on and off the visibility of these layers, I have one that has a black background with a white logo, another one with a white background with a black logo. And what I want to do is take a look at how we can use Blending modes in order to remove specific colors. And one of the reasons why I want to look at this is sometimes this is helpful, say when working with logos or with graphics. Other times it's really helpful when creating composites, or when bringing images together.
You know, a lot of times product shots are shot on a white or neutral background, or a black background. What we can do is start to bring images into other documents with these type of colors in them, whether Black or a White, and then combine them together really easily using Blend modes. All right. Well, let's go ahead and turn off the visibility of the one with the black background, and let's target the layer here which says logo - blend w/ Multiply blend mode. Now you may remember from that demo movie that what Multiply does is it really focuses in on the left- hand side of the grayscale.
It doesn't do anything to white. So if we simply choose that Multiply Blend mode, what's going to happen here is it's going to remove or knock out that White completely, and here we have this logo, and we can reposition it, say to right here, and now we have an interesting slide that we are able to create without a lot of effort. Let's take a look at the other one. We'll go ahead and turn off the visibility of that layer. Turn on the visibility of the other layer. Target this layer, and this one, we're going to take to a Blend mode of Screen, because you remember that Screen really focuses in on the right-hand side of the grayscale, the bright tones.
And it drops Black out completely. So again here you can see that we've dropped that out, so that we could now reposition this logo, so that it looks nice with this particular layout.
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