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If ever something was considered magic in Photoshop it would have to be blend modes. There is so much we can do with these and they are, without a doubt, the fastest way to create special effects. The best results are often achieved purely by experimenting with blend modes. I recommend approaching them with the attitude of “what would happen if . . . ?”.

Unless you have an incredibly scientific mind like my friend and digital artist Olaf Giermann from Germany, who totally understands the inner workings of blend modes, don’t concern yourself with ...

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