Getting a “Layer Feeling” without Using Layers

You can simulate some layer effects (opacity, blending mode, or selective correction) without actually using Layers. The key to this approach is the Fade command. We use this a lot for print sharpening, but it can also be applied to most other types of corrections.

First, we apply a strong correction (e.g., using Image ▸ Adjustments or a filter such as Unsharp Mask) and then navigate to Edit ▸ Fade before making any other corrections. The Fade dialog is shown in Figure 7-95.

Edit ▸ Fade allows us to reduce the effect of the previous correction and to apply a new blending mode.

Figure 7-95. Edit ▸ Fade allows us to reduce the effect of the previous correction and to apply a new blending mode.

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