Blend mode summary and uses

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by ronviers, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. ronviers

    ronviers Guest

    Hi,
    I have done a screen cap of a spreadsheet style summary of the CS2
    blend modes and their uses. You can download it here:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/ronviers/BlendModes/photo#4985140852514029586
    You will need to download the image to view it because the Google
    viewer resizes.

    I learned a lot by working through each blend mode but most important,
    since I am a novice, is that blend modes are grouped by PS by how they
    work with neutral masks. I can already do a lot with blend modes, not
    because I understand all about them but because I know to start with a
    mask of what I want to save and what I want to change. Once I have a
    mask, I can add it to the layer, then I can scroll through the modes to
    see if one approaches the changes I need. If none do I can invert or
    rotate (shift from gray to white to black) the mask values then scroll
    through the modes again. It sounds like a monkey approach but I have
    been able to restore reality to several photos with this simple method.
    Not only that but I learn more about how to use each mode every time I
    stumble on to something new.
    If anyone will provide me with corrections or additions I will make it
    better and repost it or redo it all together. Thanks

    Good luck,
    Ron

    This is a synthesis of better and more accurate work from:

    Generally here:
    http://www.ronbigelow.com/articles/articles.htm
    Specifically here:
    http://www.ronbigelow.com/articles/blend1/blend1.htm
    And his summary here:
    http://www.ronbigelow.com/articles/blend4/blend4.htm
    In case anyone doesn't know, Ron Bigelow at www.ronbigelow.com, is
    the man.

    Also here:
    http://www.pegtop.net/delphi/articles/blendmodes/
    Jens Gruschel -
    Bio here: http://www.pegtop.net/delphi/aboutme.htm

    And:
    http://www.samspublishing.com/articles/article.asp?p=26131&rl=1
    Sean Duggan
    Bio here:
    http://www.samspublishing.com/authors/bio.asp?a=bfdf3758-210c-41f7-a10e-c49276460ca7&rl=1

    And finally here:
    http://www.uwec.edu/help/PhotoshopCS2/blendmodes.htm
    http://www.uwec.edu/help/PhotoshopCS2/blendmodes-ex.htm
     
    ronviers, Oct 13, 2006
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