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Understanding Blend Modes

Lesson 19 from: Layering in Adobe Photoshop for Digital Scrapbookers

Traci Reed

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19. Understanding Blend Modes

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Understanding Blend Modes

Now, let's, talk about blend modes who does anyone in the online audience used blend mode with toxic in city audience you guys use blend moves a lot in your scrapbooking what do you use them for? I know that people in mount has a different effect from depending on what's underneath, huh? So sometimes, um a particular by mobile make the best darker or it can make it actually lighter like I guess like screen makes it lighter and yeah, linear burn can make it right really dark, so, yeah, we're going to talk about we're not gonna talk about all the blend mode because we want we're not going to use them all, and I'm going to talk about the most popular blend modes for digital scrap bookers. Look, if you're going to do a stamp title, it would pick up the pattern of the papers if you're using what is essentially a pattern paper or not a pattern but textured paper if you were stamping on it, you would see the texture come through, right? Yeah, for sure, so let's talk about blend modes we have ...

the same ounce is really coming from online, lucas mummy says cheeses and combining papers and photos into the background, her fake mama tricia's I use them all the time and playing with paint and photos and text molly scraps I create photo overlays with blends on brenda cases I like to blame modes but I spent too much trying time trying them all well yeah they can be pretty mystifying teo you khun you can have two different photos and trying to blend them into two different things and they will have completely different effects with the same blood mode but let's talk about the way that blend modes work and um just the most popular ones that we're going to use so the blood motor over here in the layers pollitt you can see there are a ton of them and we're not going to talk about all of them the first one that were talked about obviously is normal normal does nothing your photos that look exactly like it does in their straight out of the box and that's what we use most of the time we don't really blend always um multiply okay so multiply what it does is it combines a contrast in luminosity of the top in the bottom layer together and it's always going to darken so there's a couple different things you khun dio with multiply if we were to multiply the photo into the background you know really work out so well but we can multiply papers together or if we multiply the paper into the photo it does the exact same thing so multiply is really for photo editing and we're going to talk about that tomorrow but if you have a paper that's not quite as dark is this one, it can be effective if you want to darken your photo into the background and you can see that on all blend modes you're going to be able to pick up the pattern in this case would green um, into your photo, so color burn is sort of the same thing this is going to get a really dark on dad's contrast and burns the colors and gives the image of very high contrast look, linear burn is the same thing but it's much more intense but what we normally are going to use our things like screen that lightens it or you get the layer for the for rent and lightening yeah, we can do that so let's let's talk about that for a second let's say we don't want tio blend the background into the photo let's say instead that we want to blend the photo to make it a little bit lighter the screen is going to make the photo a lot lighter and in this case the photos already really light so you can drop the opacity down a little bit but it really can lighten things up in your layout okay um overlay, I actually kind of enjoy overlay what you can do instead of having it directly onto the background paper let's duplicate it and use the bottom photo as normal and then drop your pass to be a little bit and you can get a kind of a cool effect with overlay where the photo is still visible but you can start to see the wood grain coming through vivid light. The light adds a ton of contrast, but it also lightened so it's more visible the things that are light in the photo are going to go even lighter and the things that are dark in the photo we're going to go even darker and it's gonna have a ton of contrast to your image and then color let's reverse this order of these for color colors obviously just going to change the color of the in this case the photo because the color overlay style has been applied to the paper so it turned the photo blue and I use that a lot for recovering thing so it's a good way to re color things so let's talk about opacity versus phil they're the exact same thing the only difference between opacity and phil and I will demonstrate is if you have a let's just add a shadow it's making visible enough that we can see it okay, so if you have a layer style applied tio your photo or whatever it is the opacity is going to completely remove everything and the phil is going to leave your layer styles intact so um if you have a stroke on your photo, the stroke will stay if you have an inner shadow, the inner shadow. Okay. And that could be effective in a couple of ways. If you just want, um, let's say you want to frame you want to stroke frame that's at a stroke to this one, just a white stroke ground the inside edge let's make it kind of big so we can see it changes the white. Ok, so let's say that, um we want to do something funky with this photo. I'm going to duplicate the layer and I'm gonna turn off the drop shot on the top layer. And then if you drop the phil down now you just have the stroke on its own layer without anything on the inside, and you can kind of play with it and create an effect where you got kind of an offset frame that can be fun. You would add a shadow back into it so that it looks like a frame or if you put it underneath, it could be more like a doodle something that you drew on the background instead. So I'm the difference between filling opacity? It just depends on whether or not you want to keep the layers, so

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