Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Understanding Photoshop Blend Modes
When I first found this blog post (courtesy of the amazing Subtraction design blog) I thought, "I don't need to know about Photoshop Blend Modes. I already know what they do." But then I thought about it for a moment and realized that, really, I just know the basics of what effect I will achieve from only a handful of these layer blending modes. And even though I "know" what those do, I couldn't really explain it in English—which means maybe I don't fully understand exactly how they work. And what about the ones I just click and test to see what will happen? Thankfully Angie Bowen has written a detailed, plain English explanation of all of Photoshop's blend modes on her My Ink Blog. Plain English explanations are helpful for understanding how each blend mode works, and illustrations show you results as well. It's a great place to start if you'd like a better understanding of these powerful layer adjustments.