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Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature by Matt Co-host of the top-rated video podcast Photoshop User TV Kloskowski

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The Three Blend Modes You Need Most

START HERE FOR A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO BLEND MODES AND WHICH THREE BLEND MODES YOU NEED MOST

I mentioned in the introduction to this chapter that there are a lot of blend modes—25 in the Layers panel, to be exact, plus a few more hidden in some other places in Photoshop. If you had to know what all of them did, you’d probably never get anything done (not to mention you’d be a geek and all of your friends would make fun of you). That’s where this tutorial comes in. Forget about the 25 blend modes and concentrate on just the three of them you need most.

Step 1: Open a Photo to Experiment With

Start off by opening a photo to experiment with. It can be a photo of anything at this point. It doesn’t matter. We ...

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