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The Book of GIMP by Karine Delvare, Olivier Lecarme

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12.2 Blending Modes

The blending modes apply an additional color plane to an image, either as a layer or as a design created with the painting tools. Figure 12-6 shows 21 of the 23 blending modes available for painting tools. In layers, the Behind and Color erase modes are not available.

The blending modes are arranged in the menu according to their effect. The first four modes (Normal, Dissolve, Behind, and Color erase, or just the first two for layers) leave the pixels intact and change only which pixels are displayed. The next four modes (Lighten only, Screen, Dodge, and Addition) lighten the image and are arranged by impact, from least to greatest. The next three modes (Darken only, Multiply, and Burn) darken the image, and they are also arranged ...

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