layer blends

essential skills

• Learn the practical applications of layer blend modes for image retouching and creative compositing work.

• Develop skills using the following techniques:

– blend modes

– layers and channels

– layer masks.


When an image, or part of an image, is placed on a separate layer above the background, creative decisions can be made as to how these layers interact with each other. Reducing the opacity of the top layer allows the underlying information to show through, but Photoshop has many other ways of mixing, combining or ‘blending’ the pixel values on different layers to achieve different visual outcomes. The different methods used by Photoshop to compare and adjust the hue, saturation and brightness ...

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