March 2021 // The Senior Edition

Each of the modes are sectioned into categories that, in a sense, create a look that reflects what the first mode is in each of the categories. For instance, in the first major section (beyond Normal and Dissolve) is the Darken group. All of the modes in this section will darken the image in some way, utilizing various elements of the data of the image to achieve the look. So if that is the case, then what do you suppose all of the modes do in the section under Lighten?

When we get to the Overlay section, that’s where things get a little more interesting in how Photoshop uses the available layer data to work its magic. Speaking of magic, the Difference and Hue sections are dark and evil and will do wonky things to your image just as your digestive system will react to your shirt after two funnel cakes and a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl. Gross. Back to the Overlay section of Blending Modes. If it stands to reason that the first section makes things darker and the next one makes things brighter, then you need a third option that allows you to make things brighter or darker by standing right in the middle. Let me explain.

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