Chapter 2. General Techniques

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To make full use of blend modes, you should have a handful of methods ready in your toolbox. Combine them, remix them, build on them, and make something beautiful.

Blending In

A main goal of this book is to become so familiar with blend modes that you no longer need to “try it and see,” even though that is a valid approach, especially when you are not sure exactly which look or effect you want. To get started, however, you need to know some general methods for working with blend modes, along with some basic facts.

First, recognize that these layer-based tools are largely nondestructive. You can use any or all of them ...

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