share this

Share This Search
Blog
View full story newgundfinal1157951robertmullermedium3.jpg

Story: Jan 09, 2015

Time-lapse video shows completion of major construction on n...

View details 35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition

CIA Exhibition: Jan 15, 2015

35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition

View full story croppedmadesurrealfinalleahandericfinalbestrobertmuller.jpg

Story: Jan 08, 2015

Recognition, milestones were highlights of 2014 for CIA

View details CIA Freshman Mail Art at MOCA

Events: Jan 19, 2015 @ Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

CIA Freshman Mail Art at MOCA

View Link

Social: about 12 hours ago via Facebook

High school students: There are only a few days left to register for CIAs 2D3D national art + design contest. Deadline: January 30! Enter today by submitting u...

View full story dscabingtonarms5382-2medium.jpg

Story: Dec 23, 2014

Printmaking project links students with seniors and their st...

View details 69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015

69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

View full story unknown.png

Story: Nov 03, 2014

CIA video shows off new Uptown Residence Hall

View details CIA Campus Connection: Presidents' Day

Events: Feb 16, 2015

CIA Campus Connection: Presidents' Day

View full story bestregmidwest.jpg

Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

Blog . Blending Modes Demystified

Blog

Blending Modes Demystified

12/10/13  |  Posted by Leah Yochman  |  Posted in Digital Creativity

If you ever wonder how the blend modes function in Adobe Photoshop, this tutorial will shine some light on the possibilities! Today I will be selecting a few and explaining them as well as showing you how they work in a piece I have made from my own photos.

There are 26 blending modes total, the ones I will talk about are:

  • Darken
  • Overlay
  • Soft Light
  • Vivid Light
  • Pin Light
  • Hue

Darken

If the pixels are darker in the layer selected than the pixels in the layers below, they are kept in the image. It takes any pixels that are lighter and replaces them with tones from the layers beneath it. Basically, this mode keeps the darker tones and replaces the lighter ones with tones from your other layers.

Overlay

This mode is a combination of Screen and Multiply because it affects the lighter and darker pixels by applying them half-strength to the layer. It turns all of the mid-tones transparent. In this mode the layer selected is transformed by the layers below.

Soft Light

This mode is similar to Overlay, but it has a more natural/soft effect resulting in semi-transparent lights and darks.

Vivid Light

This mode is a combo of Color Dodge and Color Burn. It uses both at half-strength, making the brights brighter and the darks darker.

Pin Light

This mode is a combo using Lighten on pixels that are lighter and Darken on pixels that are dark at half-strength. If the pixels on the active layer are darker or lighter than the pixels on the layers below, they will remain visible. If they are not darker or lighter they will disappear. This mode removes all of the mid-tones while it can also result in large noise areas within the image.

Hue

This mode keeps all the colors from the active layer selected and blends the saturation and luminance from the layers below. The result is an image from the layers below and only the colors from the top layer.

I used all of these blending modes in my example piece, and took a screen shot to show how the layers interact with each other once the blending modes are selected.

  • Comments
    0
  • Print

Leave a comment

Back to blog listing

YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Flickr Pinterest Instagram

Social Feed

HS students: only a few days left to register for CIA’s 2D3D national art + design contest. Deadline: Jan. 30! http://t.co/tlb0CFgHRP

about 12 hours ago via Twitter

Read More

Community Works

Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

Read More

SPECTRUM CIA 2015

Save the date. Four celebration events.

Read More

Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.