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A Detailed Explanation of How Photoshop Blend Modes Work - Photoshop Blend Modes Explained

A Detailed Explanation of How Photoshop Blend Modes Work - Photoshop Blend Modes Explained
Working with blend modes is almost always an experimental process. Because it’s nearly impossible to predict the results, you always seem to end up experimenting with different modes and Fill Opacities until you get the results you’re looking for. In this article I’m going to give you a high-level view of what the various blend modes do, and then I’ll dig deeper into the nuts and bolts of the blend modes by explaining some of the math involved, and their interrelationships with each other. I’m not going to “show” you how the blend modes work—I’m going to “explain” how they work. How Blend Modes Work The Opacity slider in the Layers Panel allows you to blend the active layer with the layers below by making the active layer translucent, which in turn allow the layers below to show through. Blend Mode Groups While the blend mode names don’t make all that much sense, Adobe did group the blend modes into logical groups. Keyboard Shortcuts The majority of blend modes have keyboard shortcuts.

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The Complete Guide To Photoshop Blending Modes Photoshop blending modes are one of those areas in Photoshop that a very few people understand in full detail. Everyone has a general idea on how they work and what some of the modes do specifically. Much of it has always seemed to be understood through experimentation. I found a great write up that explains everything in detail for those that do not know. This guide from Photoshop Blog Stop goes over it all. My favorite part was the section called ‘Luminance Blending’ that allows for fine tuned control. Here are the topics that it covers: How Blend Modes Work Blend Mode Groups Keyboard Shortcuts Commonly Used Blend Modes Blend Mode Opposites Commuted Blend Modes The “Special 8” Blend Modes Blend Mode Math Blend Mode Math Examples Blend Mode Descriptions Additional Blend Mode Math Tips Brush Tool-Specific Keyboard Shortcuts Pass Through Mode Luminance Blending Luminance Blending Example [Via Photoshop Blog Stop] Related

Creating a Colorful Light Effect with Pixelmator We have already published tutorials on how to create a really cool light effect in Photoshop and GIMP, now In this tutorial, I will show you how to create this super, simple light effect inspired by a design that I saw recently in a Sony advert. Step 1 Open Pixelmator and create a new document. Step 2 Next, add another layer and select Filter>Generator>Clouds. Step 3 Choose options Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. Step 4 Use the Eraser Tool (E) to delete most of the layer, leaving just a little of the middle. Step 5 Create a third layer and fill it with black. Step 6 Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and change the Radius to 25 . Step 7 Add a new layer and fill it with black. Step 8 Create a new layer on the top of the others and use the Gradient Tool (G) to create a gradient in purple, red, yellow, and green. Step 9 Add a further layer and select Filter>Generator>Stripes. Step 10 Select the stripped layer and choose Filter> Distortion> Twirl. Step 11 Conclusion Download Pixelmator File Pixelmator file

Quick Fix To Making Your RAW Photos Look Better Shooting photos in RAW is the choice of most professionals. Unfortunately, we all know that once you import those photos into Lightroom, the vibrant images viewed on your camera LCD suddenly look flat. What if there were a quick fix that would make your RAW images better replicate what you see on your camera? One of the keys to running a more efficient business as a photographer is to find the tasks that we repeat most often and find the most effective ways to do those. Before I share the information below, I must caution everyone. I simply call it my “Dayley Booster Shot”, and I apply the preset to every RAW image when importing my photos into Lightroom. Here are my exact settings I apply to every image through my preset. [Download Dayley Booster Shot Preset] If you decide to use these settings and make your own preset, make sure you only check these 8 settings to change. As I mentioned above, I apply this preset to all my RAW images when importing them into Lightroom. Related

Captain Awesome - English - Group Layer Renaming (Script) Hey! I made a script. Again. This time (I hope) it will help you with group layer renaming. Script can append, prepend or replace layer name with entered text. Should be useful if you are layer organization geek or if you use applications like Slicy or new Photoshop CC feature called Image Assets, that can export layers using tags in their names. Download and Install Download Latest Version of the Script Put downloaded file into Photoshop/Presets/Scripts/ and restart Photoshop. And as always you can setup a custom hotkey for the script in Edit → Keyboard Shortcuts…. How it works Basically, all you need is select target layers, run the script, enter new text and choose renaming method: Methods are: Append — add text at the end of the layer name; Prepend — add text at the beginning of the layer name; Replace — completely replace layer name by entered text I also added special keyword %n, that will be replaced by layer's index while renaming process. For example, if you enter Item #%n: Yup

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How to Remove Artifacts and Avoid Istock Rejection (Part 2) | Photos4u2c Just in case you didn’t read the title – this is part 2 of this photoshop tutorial. Here is a link to part one. Read part one first or else you’ll have no idea what we’re talking about here. Ok, you read part one and you have a photoshop action named “create two edge masks” saved on your computer. The first step is to convert your photo to the LAB colorspace. Now it’s time to run our “create two edge masks action”. At this point your photo might look all black with a few white lines. The next step is the easiest. Now we’re going to reduce the noise in Layer 1. At this point it is time to load a channel as a selection, and then convert it to a mask. Your photo now should be covered in ants marching selection lines. Your layers pallet should now look like this. For those of you that have no understanding of what layers and masks do let me try to explain very briefly what’s going on at this point. If we weren’t submitting our photos to istock I’d say we’re done at this point. .

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50 Most Outstanding Photographers’ Portfolio For Inspiration As aspiring photographers, we always wonder how the professional photographers take photography to a whole different level, how their photography stands out from the rest, how their lenses seem to get the right angles, and just how they seem to capture all the perfect moments. Photography is an art, and art needs passion. With passion, there’s learning. These 50 most outstanding photographers’ portfolio reflects the true passion of some of the world’s top photographers towards what they do best. Each of these portfolios contains some of the most amazing photos perfect for inspiration. 1. Simple, interactive, and easy-to-navigate portfolio website containing a very beautiful photography. 2. A very direct portfolio website. 3. His photographs capture the emotion and joy of the moment whether it is of the happy wedding couple, your family or the natural world. 4. 5. 6. Simple and effective portfolio with white background showcasing the photographer’s artistic combination of different styles.

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40 Great Photographer Portfolio Websites for Inspiration Inspiration by Bill Jones 38inShare Here is a collection of fantastic portfolio web design. I think this will be worthwhile for anybody who wants to create an online portfolio for their photography and is looking for some inspiration. As an added bonus you get to look at some amazing photography. Jeremy Cowart Koen Demuynck Mitchell Kanashkevich Joon Brandt Frederik Clement Brent Stirton Les Forrester Alberto Ovied Ashley Lebedev Jill Greenberg Paolo Boccardi Eric Ryan Anderson Lara Jade Corey Arnold Andrew Gransden David Hill Gavin Gough Your Beautiful Photography Dimitris Theocharis Robert Dann Chase Jarvis Jonathan Glynn Smith Jan Sochor Lisa Bettany Denis Reggie Christian Oth Levon Biss Little Hellos Mark Velasquez Daniel Kennedy Photography Rinze Van Brug Emmanuel Rouzic Raven Photography Carlos Alonso Bodas Kenn Reay Jason Bell James Day Photography Evaan Kheraj David Vasiljevic What’s your favorite portfolio site? Like Our Site? 104 Comments

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