Exploring Layer Modes
Layer Modes are an enigma. They are located in a drop list at the top of the layers palette in a very prominent spot, which suggests they are one of the most important tools in the layers palette. The modes have names, but few people really understand how to work with them or what they do from the name alone, unless they read about changing a mode in a tutorial.
Many times people don’t stray from the Normal mode as the rest is mostly a mystery. Other episodes of layer mode use will find people applying modes by trial and error: they experiment till they see something that they like, and either keep the result ...