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Inkscape by Bethany Hiitola

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Blend mode

In the Layers dialog, you may have noticed the Blend mode field, shown as follows:

Blend mode

This field is a shortcut to apply the Blend filter to an entire layer. This means that if any objects overlap on the selected layers, Inkscape will do a pixel-by-pixel blend of the two objects. Here's what each Blend mode option means:

  • Normal: No filter added to the layer
  • Multiply: Objects on the top layer filter the light from the objects on the bottom-most layer. (or from the background if a bottom object does not exist)
  • Screen: The top objects add light to the bottom object
  • Darken: The objects on top darken the bottom objects
  • Lighten: The top objects lighten ...

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