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The three kinds of blending in Photoshop


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Video: The three kinds of blending in Photoshop

Before we get too far in this course, I want to take this opportunity to just kind of step back and remind you that there are three different kinds of blending in Photoshop. Yes, we are going to talk a lot about blend modes, but there are two others that we want to cover as well. The first one is Opacity, pretty straight forward easiest to understand. If you have one layer on top of another and you lower the top layer's Opacity, you're going to get a blend of the top pixels and everything underneath it. You can also change the Opacity of your brush as you are painting, you don't have to paint with 100%. That one most people already know and easily understand.
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  1. 2m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
  2. 13m 9s
    1. The three kinds of blending in Photoshop
      1m 49s
    2. Blend modes, blend modes, everywhere!
      1m 38s
    3. Cycling through the blending modes
      2m 1s
    4. Three blending modes you must know
      5m 8s
    5. Blending mode keyboard shortcuts
      2m 33s
  3. 3m 13s
    1. Roughening or pointilizing edges with Dissolve
      3m 13s
  4. 34m 40s
    1. Removing halos with Darken
      2m 26s
    2. Bringing down hot highlights with Multiply
      3m 50s
    3. Tonal correction with Screen and Multiply
      3m 35s
    4. Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
      3m 58s
    5. Creating a composite from a single Camera Raw file
      5m 56s
    6. Creating a cast shadow with Multiply
      4m 50s
    7. Creating artistic edges with Multiply and Screen
      3m 39s
    8. From iPhone to Photoshop: Colorizing line art with Multiply
      6m 26s
  5. 14m 47s
    1. Removing dust spots with Lighten
      1m 36s
    2. Adding lightning to a sky with Screen
      3m 20s
    3. Adding a lens flare effect with Screen
      2m 27s
    4. Reducing halos when sharpening with Lighten
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a faint soft-edged line drawing with Linear Dodge
      3m 29s
  6. 1h 5m
    1. Using Dodge and Burn with Overlay
      4m 34s
    2. Reducing wrinkles with Overlay
      6m 37s
    3. Using graduated neutral density filters with Overlay
      5m 32s
    4. Custom vignettes with Overlay
      3m 30s
    5. High-Pass sharpening with Overlay
      4m 16s
    6. Smoothing skin with High-Pass sharpening and Overlay
      5m 29s
    7. Textured patterns with Overlay
      6m 21s
    8. Textured type with Overlay
      2m 55s
    9. Creating a dramatic diffused glow with Overlay
      2m 49s
    10. Creating a subtle glow with Soft Light
      2m 57s
    11. Creating a medium glow with Soft Light
      4m 25s
    12. Simulating film grain with Add Noise and Soft Light
      3m 54s
    13. Recovering detail in over-saturated areas with Pin Light
      8m 30s
    14. Creating 80's pop art with Hard Mix and Multiply
      3m 15s
  7. 5m 7s
    1. Aligning layers with Difference
      5m 7s
  8. 12m 51s
    1. Reducing color noise with Color
      2m 13s
    2. Avoiding false saturation with Luminosity
      5m 33s
    3. Recovering detail in blown-out highlights with Luminosity
      5m 5s
  9. 26m 27s
    1. Getting better sepia tones
      5m 15s
    2. Using antique color effects
      5m 5s
    3. Combining multiple exposures
      4m 34s
    4. Replacing the sky in an image
      3m 44s
    5. Splitting edges when sharpening
      3m 15s
    6. Displacing type around contours
      4m 34s
  10. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Photoshop Blend Mode Magic
2h 58m Intermediate May 20, 2009

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The blend modes in Photoshop offer incredible creative options for designers and photographers wanting to enhance images. In Photoshop Blend Mode Magic, Michael Ninness shows Photoshop users how to access and apply blend modes efficiently to achieve an aesthetic vision. He explains the building blocks of layer blending and demonstrates how blend modes can be used for color correction, sharpening, blending images together, adding dramatic glow, applying custom edge treatments, and many other creative effects. Michael also introduces advanced blending options for more experienced Photoshop users. Most of all, he demystifies this essential feature in plain, easy-to-understand terms and inspires photographers to use blend modes in ways they may have never considered before. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the three must-learn blend modes
  • Adding texture overlays
  • Recovering detail using Luminosity and Pin Light
  • Enhancing highlight and shadow details
  • Instant dust spot removal
  • Using Overlay to add textured type
  • Simulating film grain
  • Adding antique color effects
  • Combining adjustment layers with blending modes
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Michael Ninness

The three kinds of blending in Photoshop

Before we get too far in this course, I want to take this opportunity to just kind of step back and remind you that there are three different kinds of blending in Photoshop. Yes, we are going to talk a lot about blend modes, but there are two others that we want to cover as well. The first one is Opacity, pretty straight forward easiest to understand. If you have one layer on top of another and you lower the top layer's Opacity, you're going to get a blend of the top pixels and everything underneath it. You can also change the Opacity of your brush as you are painting, you don't have to paint with 100%. That one most people already know and easily understand.

The second type of blending, the primary focus of this course, is the blending modes themselves. In the Layers panel there is a pop-up menu that begins with the word Normal and there's all these different names of things that we are going to cover later on. But the high level is that changes the math of how one pixel blends with the pixels underneath it. Bunch of different algorithms that we'll talk about later on. The third type of blending is the one that's least discovered and we are going to cover it in this course as well. This is the Blend If sliders. Some people call it the Advanced Blending Options as well.

It's a buried feature in Photoshop. It's in a very large dialog that you can get to if you Option+Double-Click or Alt+Double-Click on a particular layer thumbnail that will take you to the Layer Style dialog box and bring you to the Blending options, specifically the Advanced Blending Options and Blend If sliders. The high level cut here is that this separates your tonal values into sliders, dark and light, that you can actually tell Photoshop to ignore. If I drag this slider over to the left, you'll see that at some point the pixel values will actually disappear based on the tonality of the slider.

We'll cover those more in detail later on in the course. The point is that there's three different kinds of blending and we are going to mix and match these throughout each movie to dial in and get the visual effect that we are looking for.

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