Introduction to Blending Modes
Photoshop Elements Blending modes
What Are Layer Blend Modes?
Layer blend modes provide us with different ways for a layer to interact with, or "blend" with, the layeror layers below it. Without layer blend modes, the only real way we have of blending layers together isby reducing the opacity (or fill) of a layer, which usually doesn't give us very interesting results. But withblend modes, not only do they unlock a world of creative possibilities, especially when we combinethem with layer masks, they can also be extremely helpful when it comes to editing, retouching andrestoring photos, and they can save us a whole lot of time.You don't need to know everything there is to know about layer blend modes in order to use and benefitfrom them in your daily work. As of Photoshop Elements 6 there are 24 blend modes in total (includingthe default "Normal" mode). With names like 'Dissolve", "Color Dodge", "Linear Burn", "Difference", and"Exclusion", it's a bit overwhelmingHere's a little secret. You don't need to know everything there is to know about all the different blendmodes. In fact, when it comes to day-to-day photo editing work, there's really only five (well maybe 6)blend modes you need to know. That's right, not 24, just 5!.What are they? Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Color, and Luminosity. Understand how and when to usethese five blend modes and your life of photo editing with Photoshop Elements becomes a whole loteasier.
Elements Editing Mode
To use Element's blending modes you need to be using Element's
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