Chapter 6. Decoding Blend Modes

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Before you begin exploring the blend modes listing in Chapter 7, you’ll need to understand some of the conventions, procedures, and thinking that went into its creation. Along the way you’ll also learn a bit about the math behind the magic of blend modes.

Understanding the Listings

This listing of blend modes in Chapter 7 includes the Adobe Help file entry, my own thoughts and descriptions, and an equation based on observation of blend mode effects. Adobe’s actual blend mode equations are proprietary, so the equations were tested by sampling the result of a blend between known colors and opacities. This is not always ...

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