Exploring Layer Modes


Layer modes are an enigma. Located in a drop-down list at the top of the Layers palette in a very prominent spot next to Opacity, the positioning suggests that modes are one of the most important tools in the Layers palette – and they are. However, few people know modes well enough to use them effectively.

The misunderstood half-sister of Styles and Filters, Modes proffers little more to most users than another means for experimentation. Like winery visitors lining up at the tasting bar after a tour, users swish and sample anything that gets poured in a glass, hoping something will stand out to their palette – and ...

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