Using adjustment layers with blend modes


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Using adjustment layers with blend modes

You can use an empty adjustment layer. In other words, one in which you haven't set any of the controls, along with a layer blend mode to lighten, to darken or to enhance the tonal contrast in an image. I think you are going to like this technique, because it's a relatively quick and easy fix for exposure and contrast problems in a photograph. This particular image has a couple of tonal problems. First, you can see it's a little bit dark and I think it's also a little flat or lacking in contrast. I think I can improve both its exposure and its contrast with this quick method.

So the first thing I'm going to do is to add an empty Levels adjustment layer here. I can choose a Levels adjustment or a Curves adjustment. It really doesn't matter, because I'm not going to set the controls in this adjustment. So I'll go over to the Adjustments panel, and I'll click on the Levels icon. That gives me my first Levels adjustment layer here. I'm going to nam...

Using adjustment layers with blend modes
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Using adjustment layers with blend modes provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Jan Kabili as part of the Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

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Design Photography
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Photoshop
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