Photoshop Blending Modes Explained


Diving deep into Blending Modes in Photoshop with detailed explanations and applications to your images. What are blending modes?

Interestingly, there are 27 blending modes in Photoshop and the only blend modes that you’ll ever need, especially for photography, are just 4.

We’ll attempt to develop a deeper understanding of blending modes in Photoshop. When it comes to layers, blend modes are an indispensable part of the workflow with a plethora of real-world applications. Whether you are retouching, compositing, putting up the logo, creating a photo manipulation art or even simply editing your family photos, blend modes are essential not only to enhance your results but make your workflow more efficient.

In this tutorial, first off, we will learn what are the four most important blend modes and how they work. Then, we’ll have some amazing and awesome examples to show you how to actually apply them to your images. By the way, the 4 most important ones are multiply, screen, soft light and overlay blend modes. Next up, we will mention and touch up on a couple more little important but essential blend modes: linear light, color, and hue.

And at the end, I have something really cool for you guys. We’ll use multiple blend modes to get advanced effects in Photoshop like realistically putting a lipstick and adding paper texture to your images. If you want to master layers, mastering blend modes is a must.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, do leave them down in the comments below and I’ll surely get back to you. Thanks a lot for watching.


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