March 2021 // The Senior Edition

The Five Most Useful Blending Modes in Photoshop | David Byrd

The first experiment is to switch this circle layer to Multiply, the first of the five most popular Blending Modes. When we do this, the white circle disappears, the black circle stays the same, and the gray circle now looks a lot darker. In this section of modes, Photoshop will ignore the absolute extreme of light and focus on using anything that is 99% or less in color and light values to darken the layers beneath it. When it gets to 0% it does not do anything—hence why the black circle is still visible. It can’t make anything darker than 0%. We see the change with the gray circle because now that color and luminosity value has been allowed to interact with the layers beneath. This is why Blending Modes are so incredibly powerful—it gives you the option to have layers and have elements interact with the others in the layer stack.


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