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Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals by Richard Harrington

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9. Using Blending Modes

Blending modes are both a mystery and a source of great design power. Each blending mode controls how one layer’s pixels are affected by those in another layer (or by a tool from the Tools panel). Most users give up on blending modes because the technical definitions of each mode get very tricky. The secret is to not worry too much about the technical issues and to learn how to experiment. Although you’ll explore the technology and the creativity behind blending modes, there are only a few basics that you must know to make blending modes part of your design toolbox.

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