Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Opacity and blend modes, part of The Art of Photoshop Compositing.
…In order to begin unifying these separate elements, I'm going to start changing both…the opacity as well as the blend mode for some of the individual layers.…I'll start here with the water layer, and because I have the move tool…selected, I will tap the 8 key in order to decrease the opacity to 80%.…I like the resulting effect, where now it looks more like the…clouds or the fog or the steam is actually coming up out…of the water.…In addition, I think that the portal is just too strong of an element.…
So I'm going to click on the window layer But I…don't think I want to decrease the opacity of this layer.…Instead, I actually want it to interact with the pixels below it.…And in order to do this, I would use one of the blend modes.…Now the more popular blend modes,…especially when you're overlaying one image…on top of another, are probably going to be overlay and soft light.…They're both going to add contrast.…Overlay will add a little bit more contrast than, say, soft light would.…If you simply want to go through all of…
- What makes a good composite?
- Refining your story
- Composing using the basic principles of design
- Customizing your Photoshop workspace
- Preparing elements from your source images
- Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
- Mastering the Pen tool
- Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Why Composite Images?
2. Customizing Photoshop for Compositing Images
3. Composite 1: Perception
4. Composite 2: Erosion
5. Working with the Pen Tool
6. Composite 3: Two Birds
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