Sean Duggan explains the functionality of the Blend If sliders in the Layer Style dialog, and how they can be used to selectively hide, or show, areas of a layer based on tonal brightness values. He shows how to use the sliders for This Layer to control the visibility of the active layer, and the sliders for Underlying Layer to hide or show areas on layers beneath the active layers. He also shows how to split the Blend If sliders to create a more gradual transition between the visible and invisible parts of the layer.
- [Voiceover] Although blend modes are probably the most…common way to use Photoshop magic to blend images together,…there is another option for blending that…is definitely worth exploring.…This feature is controlled by the blend if sliders,…and they can be found in the blending options…of the layer style dialogue.…In this file, I have the image of the yellow door…surrounded by white,…placed over a shot of a lonely road in the desert in Nevada.…
So to access the blend if sliders, you can do this two ways,…you can come up to the layer menu and choose…layer style blending options,…or the easiest way is just to double click on…the empty gray part of the layer here in the layers panel,…just to the right of the layer name.…So I double click there, it's going to bring up…that layer style dialogue and in the center of the dialogue…are the blending options.…And then down below we have the blend if sliders.…
Let me move this off to the side here,…and move my image off to the side so we can see…it a little bit better.…So we have two sets of sliders here.…
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 01/11/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: smart selections. In addition, new videos were added that cover combining a precise mask with a gradient, and using blend modes to create a composite.