Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using blending modes for design, part of Practical Motion Background Workshop.
So here's my base layer, here's my next layer, and what I want to do is come down to the bottom here and I'll click this button here called Toggle Switches/Modes, which will show me the blending modes. You see them right there. If you want to leave that up permanently, you can do is right-click and make sure you turn on the Modes column and that'll leave it available, and you can see Switches and Modes side by side if that's easier. All right, don't worry about reading user interface; just select that second layer and use the keyboard shortcut of Shift+Plus to step through your different blending modes, and you'll see that the two layers start to mix.
I'm going to go with Screen here or Lighten, and that's just giving us a nice combination of the two layers blending together. Don't worry about colors or combinations yet; we can even that out in just a moment. But this is just creating the initial composition and mixing the two layers together. That looks good. Let's see if we want to add a third layer to the mix. I'll turn that on. And let's just try a blending mode here like Add, and I'll hit Preview.
That's looking pretty good. We're getting a nice complex image with lots of light and interplay. If it's too bright, I can try other modes such as Soft Light, which is going to be a little bit darker, or look at some of the other categories. Everything in the Overlay group is going to combine the lights and darks. Add and everything below it in that section is going to brighten. And everything in the Darken section is going to darken. So it's really pretty intuitive as you start to mix, that some modes work better than others.
You can also press T for Opacity and adjust the overall mix of the layers if you'd like to blend them a little bit further. So blending modes are super easy, and don't forget about that great keyboard shortcut of Shift+Plus and Shift+Minus so you can step through the Blending modes and try them out. The key is experimentation, and just mix and preview to see what it looks like.
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- Selecting a camera
- Using a turntable to rotate your subject while you film
- Lighting the scene
- Choosing a frame rate
- Creating dancing shadows
- Shooting "through" objects
- Making a loop
- Building the composition
- Retiming clips
- Rendering the background