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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
If this chapter has increased your interest in Blending modes and if you're interested in getting better at working with blending modes, if you want to become a Photoshop power user, well then you'll find this movie helpful, because here I want to share with you a way that you can navigate to your blending modes by way of a shortcut. Let me explain. Well we already know that what we can do is target a layer, and if we have our Move tool selected, well we can press Shift+Plus or Shift+Minus and we can scroll through our blending modes. Yet we can also use a shortcut key combination to change the blending modes.
Here I've listed the most popular blending modes. On a Mac, you press Shift+Option and then a letter; On Windows, that's Shift+Alt plus the letter. So for example, here I'm on this layer. I've duplicated my Background layer, and I want to change this duplicate layer's blending mode. To do so, you want to have the Move tool selected. Next, you can press that shortcut key command. Here I'll press Shift+Option+M or Shift+Alt+M. You can see that that took this to that Multiply blending mode.
You'll see that over here in the Layers panel. If we want to change this to Screen, we'll just press that shortcut key combination with the S key or O for Overlay, F for Soft Light, and then C for Color. And by using these shortcuts, you can quickly navigate to the various blending modes. Now these shortcuts, they aren't for everyone, yet they are for those of you who are interested in really taking your blending skills to that next level. You can always, if you forget these, just simply go ahead and go back to the menu, or in order to teach yourself these blending modes, you just press down Shift+Option on a Mac or Shift+Alt on Windows, and then start tapping all of the different letter keys on your keyboard, and slowly you'll start to pick these up.
Most importantly, I think you want to memorize at least the blending mode for Normal and Soft Light, because for photographers, those are the two blending modes that we use most frequently.
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