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Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 Blend Tips in 10 minutes

Helen Bradley, Illustrator for Lunch™ & Photoshop for Lunch™

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4 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Blend tips in 10 minutes - Intro

      1:22
    • 2. Photoshop for Lunch™ - Pt 1 - Before We Start

      0:55
    • 3. Photoshop for Lunch™ - Pt 2 - 10 tips (and a bonus tip)

      9:34
    • 4. Photoshop for Lunch™ - Project and Wrap Up

      1:09

About This Class

Photoshop for Lunch™ is a series of short video courses you can study in bite size pieces such as at lunchtime. In this course you'll learn ten layer blend tips in 10 minutes or less. You'll learn to adjust under and overexposed images and how to extract lines from an image. You will see how to apply non destructive dodging and burning and noise. You'll learn to sharpen with the High Pass filter and more. Here is an example of another tip - isolating smoke and fire for creating composites:

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More in the Photoshop for Lunch™ series:

10 Photoshop Pattern Tips and Techniques - A Photoshop for Lunch™ Class

Circle Patterns - Step by step seamless repeat patterns - A Photoshop for Lunch™ class

Creative Layer Styles in Photoshop - A Photoshop for Lunch™ Class

Make Patterns from Sketches & Digital Art - A Photoshop for Lunch™ Class

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 Blend Tips in 10 minutes 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Brush Tips in 10 Minutes or Less

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - Ten Top Photoshop Tips in 10 minutes (or less)

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 Selection tips in 10 minutes (or less)

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 3 Exotic Patterns - Shapes, Paths, Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - 4 Most Important File Formats - Choose & Save As: jpg, png, pdf, psd

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Abstract Glowing Backgrounds

Photoshop for Lunch™ - B&W, Tints & Isolated Color Effects - Adjustment Layers, Masks & Opacity

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Bend Objects with Puppet Warp

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Clean & Color Scanned Line Art

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Color a Scanned Sketch - Blends, Brushes, Layer Styles

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Color a Sketch with a Texture - Masks, Dodge/Burn, Hue/Saturation 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Complex Pattern Swatches

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Complex Selections Made Easy - Master Refine Edge & Select and Mask

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create a Color Scheme Graphic

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create a Custom Character Font

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create a Mandala - Template, Rotation, Texture, Gradients, Pen, and Shapes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create a Reusable Wreath Design

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create an Award Badge and Ribbon - Shapes, Warp, Rotate  

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Backgrounds for Projects - Halftones, Sunburst, Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Complex Half Drop Repeating Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create HiTech HUD Rings - Repeat transform, Filters & Textures

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Mockups to Use and Sell - Blends, Smart Objects, Effects

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Organic Patterns - Pen, Offset Filter, Free Transform and More

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Plaid (Tartan) Repeat Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create Text on a Path - Paths, Type, Pen tool

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Create the Droste Effect with Photoshop and an Online Tool 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Critters with Character - Pen Free, One Color Designs

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Curly Bracket Frames - Shapes, Paths, Strokes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Cutout & Frame Photos - Clipping Mask, Layer Mask, Rotation, Shapes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Demystifying the Histogram - Understand & Correct images with it

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Double Exposure Effect - Masks, Blends, Styles

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Draw a Fantasy Map - Brushes, Patterns, Strokes & Masks

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Emboss and Deboss Text and Shapes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Folded Photo Effect - Gradients, Guides, Stroke, Drop Shadow 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - From Ho Hum to WOW - Everyday Photo-editing Made Easy

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Get Your File Size Right Every Time - Size Images for Web & Print 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Glitter Text, Shapes and Scrapbook Papers

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Grab Bag of Fun Text Effects - Fonts, Clipping Masks, Actions & More

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Grid Collage for Social Media - Clipping masks, Shapes & Layer Styles

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Hi-tech Mosaic Effect - Brushes, Patterns & Pixelization 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - In the Footsteps of Warhol - Create Awesome Animal Images

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Intro to Photoshop Actions

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Isometric Cube Patterns - Shapes, Repeat patterns, Smart Objects

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Layered Paper Collage Effect - Layers, Layer Styles, Gradients,

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Layers and Layer Masks 101 for photographs and photographers

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make & Sell a Shapes Collection

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make & Sell Photoshop Brushes - Brushes, Templates, Preset

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make & Sell Scrapbook Designs - Formats, Files, Marketing Materials

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make & Use Photo Brushes - Brushes, Masks, Watercolors

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make a Photo Collage for Social Media - Masks, Selections & Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make and Sell Geometric Overlays for Social Media - Shape, Transform, Fills

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Make Custom Shapes - Combine, Exclude, Intersect & Subtract

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Making Kaleidoscopes - Rotation, Reflection & Smart Objects

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Metaball Patterns - Structured and Organic

Photoshop for Lunch™ - More Patterns - Diagonal Stripes, Chevrons, Plaid, Colorful Polkadots 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Overlapping and Random Circles Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Paint a Photo in Photoshop - Art History, Color, Texture

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Pattern Bombing Effect - Patterns, Selections, Mask, Warp, Vanishing Point

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Pattern Making - Seamless Repeating Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Patterns as Photo Overlays for Social Media 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Photo Texture Collage - Gradient Map, Blending & Textures

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Photoshop Inking Techniques

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Preparing images for Social Media, Blogs and eBooks

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Recolor Objects without Making Selections - Master Color Change Tools

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Recolor Pattern Techniques

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Remove Unwanted Objects & Tourists from Photos

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Reusable Video Glitch Effect - Use Channels, Shear, Displacement Map & Noise

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Seamlessly Blend Two Images - Masks, Content Aware Fill

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Set up Colors, Tints and Shades for Working Smarter in Photoshop

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Sketches & Brushes to Whimsical Patterns

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Snapshot to Art - 3 Photo Effects - Faux Orton, Gradient Map, Tritone

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Surreal Collage Effect - Paths, Cloning, Warp, Blend 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Text Over Image Effects - Type, Glyphs & Layers

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Turn a Photo into a Pattern - Selection, Filter, Pattern Swatch

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Upside Down Image Effect - Masks, Selections, Flip Images

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Using Illustrator Objects in Photoshop - Files, Smart Objects, Shapes

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Using the Scripted Patterns Tool in Photoshop

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Valentine's Day Inspired Hearts

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Vintage Image Cutout Effect - Selections, Drop Shadows, Transparency

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Whimsical Rotated Patterns 

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Whimsical Scrapbook Paper Designs using Displacement Maps

Photoshop for Lunch™ - Whimsical Textures for Drawings

Photoshop Type Basics - Tips Tricks and Techniques - a Photoshop for Lunch™ class

Using Textures in Photoshop - A Photoshop for Lunch™ class

 

 

Transcripts

1. Photoshop for Lunch™ - 10 in 10 - 10 Blend tips in 10 minutes - Intro: Hello, I'm Helen Bradley. Welcome to this episode of Photoshop for Lunch: 10 Blend Mode Tips In 10 Minutes. Each Photoshop for Lunch class teaches a small number of Photoshop techniques, and you get an opportunity to reflect on your new skills when you're completing your class project. Today we're looking at how you can use blend modes in Photoshop to do things like rescuing an underexposed or overexposed image, extracting lines from an image, non-destructive dodging and burning, lining up layers, adding adjustable noise, re-coloring, high-pass sharpening, adjusting brightness and not color, and isolating smoke and fire, and a whole lot more. As you're working through these videos, you'll see a prompt which lets you recommend this class to others. Please, if you're enjoying the class, do two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up, and secondly, write in just a few words why you are enjoying the class. These recommendations help other students to say that this is a class that they too might enjoy. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question for me, please do so. I read and I respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and respond to all of your class projects. So if you're ready now, let's get started on our 10 blend mode tips in 10 minutes. 2. Photoshop for Lunch™ - Pt 1 - Before We Start: Before we get started on this class, I'm assuming you know how to do a few things in Photoshop that you can open an image and duplicate a layer. I'm also assuming that you know how to get to the last pallet by choosing window and then layers, and that you've possibly used a blend mode in the past. You may also know that blend modes need to be applied to the topmost layer because they impact how this layer interacts with the layers below. Sometimes, blend modes will do nothing. I've just selected the darken blend mode for this layer and it's done nothing to this image because the darken blend mode doesn't do anything when you're working with two images that are identical, but as we go through the course, you're going to learn some other blend modes that will have impact on an image even when applied to the topmost of two identical layers. 3. Photoshop for Lunch™ - Pt 2 - 10 tips (and a bonus tip): It's easy to rescue an underexposed image using Blend Modes. Open up the last pallet and drag and drop the background layer onto the new layer icon to make a duplicate. From the Blend Mode's drop-down list, select Screen. Screen is a lightening Blend Mode and it will always lighten an image. If this is not light enough, take the layer you just created and drag and drop it onto the new layer icon, you get another duplicate layer with the screen Blend Mode already applied. If this is too much, you can always back off the opacity of this topmost layer. In a similar way, you can also use Blend Mode to save an overexposed image. If you want to add a little bit more detail and darkness to an image, you can use Blend Mode to do it. Open the image and then the last palette, take the background layer and drag and drop it onto the new layer icon. This time, use the multiply Blend Mode. The Multiply Blend Mode always darkens an image when it's applied to the topmost layer of two identical layers. If this effect is too much, back off the opacity of the topmost layer to suit. You can use a Blend Mode technique to extract lines from an image. For this image, I'm going to drag and drop the background layer onto the new layer icon. I'll choose image, adjustments, desaturate to make it black and white. I'm going to take a further copy of this black and white layer, and I'm going to invert it by choosing image adjustments, invert. Now I'll blend this in using Linear Dodge Blend Mode. The image should go pure white. Now we'll apply a blur to this topmost layer to extract the lines. Filter blur, you could choose Gaussian blur, but you can also use motion blur. You want to use a blur where you can see the results on the image. Adjust the distance and angle to suit until you get lines that you like and click Okay. To make these lines permanent, right-click the topmost layer and choose merge down. You now have a layer with the lines on it. If you want to make them darker, choose image adjustments levels and adjust the levels until you get the image that you want. Here I'm going for just the lines with no gray in the middle, I'll click Okay. I can now use these lines for editing the image, for example, if I blend them into the image using the Multiply Blend Mode. I'm going to dark and the darkest areas of the image, this is a before and here's the after. Dodge and Burn are handy ways to highlight and add shadows to an image. We're going to do it non-destructively by adding a new layer to this image. I'm going to hold Alt or Option as I click on the New Layer icon. This gives me the opportunity to select the Blend Mode of the new layer which will set to overlay and because I chose overlay or soft light, I can now choose to fill this with an overlay neutral color of 50 percent gray which I want to do, I'll click Okay. That's a nice shortcut way of filling a layer with 50 percent gray. I'm going now to the Burn tool. This will darken areas of the image. I'm using mid tones with a fairly low exposure and now I can just paint on this layer in the areas where I want to darken the image. The reverse of course, is dodging the image. I'll select the Dodge tool, set my range to mid tones, going to reduce my exposure to about 39-40 percent and now I can just brush on in the areas that I want to add highlighting effect to the image. This is on now a removable layer which can be turned on or off but you can also adjust the opacity of the layer to reduce the effect if desired. The high-pass filter allows you to quickly sharpen a image based on the edges in the image not the softer detail. To do this, we'll drag a duplicate of the Background layer onto the New Layer icon with it selected, choose Filter, Other, High Pass. What you're looking for here is for the data to be brought back into the image. We want to stop before you start getting color back in the image. I'm thinking here, a radius of about nine or 10 is going to give me the best results. I'll click Okay. Now if I blend this layer into the underlying image using the soft Light Blend Mode, I'll get the desired sharpening effect. Let's zoom in here. This is the before image and this is the sharper version of the image. Using Blend Mode, you can very easily recolor elements in an image. I already have selected this orange macaroon. I'm going to click to create a brand new layer in this image. I have purple selected as my foreground color, I'm going to select a nice soft brush, so I've got a nice circular soft brush. It's going to make it a little bit bigger and I'm going to paint over my orange macaroon with the purple. I'll deselect the selection by pressing Control or Command D. Now, I'll blend the color paint effect in with the underlying layer using one of two Blend Modes, choose the one that looks best to you, either hue or color. You can add adjustable noise to an image using a Blend Mode. I'm going to Alt or option click on the New Layer icon. I'm going to set the Blend Mode to soft light and choose to fill this new layer with neutral color, I'll click Okay. At this point you should see no change at all in your image. I'll choose filter noise, add noise, and then I can select the kind of noise that I want to add to my image. I'm going to add quite a bit just so you can see it clearly and click Okay. This noise can be blended back into the image using either soft light or overlay Blend Mode and if it's too much, you can reduce the opacity on this layer. It's also fully removable by just turning off the layer visibility. Use a Blend Mode to line things up. I have an image here with two pieces of content from a website. I've got part of an image here and part of the image here. There's an overlap, but neither of these is a perfect rendition of this image. I'm going to select the topmost layer here, going to set it's Blend Mode to difference, now I'm going to start moving it down. What I'm looking for here is when the area that is black goes totally black. Because when you're working in difference Blend Mode and you put two layers on top of each other that are identical they will go black. I know that these two layers are now perfectly aligned. I'll set the Blend Mode back to normal, and this is now the entire image, the overlap is perfectly lined up. A Curves Adjustment layer is a good way to add a little bit of contrast to an image. I'll drag up on the top end of the curve and down on the bottom end of the curve, that adds contrast but as you can see, it's also added some unwanted color. If I blend this curves adjustment in using luminosity as the Blend Mode, I get the contrast enhancement but not the color. You can use Blend Modes when you're creating composites that involve smoke and fire. Here I have an image of smoke that I want to blend into the image underneath. Making a selection would be hours of work. However, if I select this layer and apply the Screen Blend Mode, the black disappears and I'm left just with the smoke. The same approach would work if you're working with fire that's been photographed against a black background. The bonus tip for this class is that the same Blend Modes that you've been using on layers in Photoshop also work with brushes. I've got some red paint here and a brush. I've got it set to normal Blend Mode and an image with some dots on a black background, and they're all on a single layer. Not unsurprisingly, if I paint with red this is what happens but if I set the Blend Mode to darken and then start painting with red, something very different happens. The red is isolated to the shapes where it's going to darken the colors, but it doesn't affect the black. Other blend most like screen will also give you different effects. Here when I paint with red in the screen Blend Mode, it's having no effect at all on the white circle, but it certainly is affecting the black background. I suggest that you experiment with Blend Modes and brushes to see what effects you can create. 4. Photoshop for Lunch™ - Project and Wrap Up: Your project for this class is really simple. What I'd like you to do, is to head over to the class project area and just post tonight telling me which of these tips you think is going to be the most benefit to you. I hope that you've enjoyed this class and that you've learnt something that you didn't already know about blend modes in Photoshop. As you're watching these videos, you will have seen a prompt which lets you recommend this class to others. Please, if you enjoy the class to two things for me. Firstly, give it a thumbs up and secondly, write in just a few words why you enjoy the class. These recommendations help other students to say that this is a class that they too might enjoy. If you'd like to leave a comment or a question for me, please do so. I read and I respond to all of your comments and questions, and I look at and I respond to all of your class projects. My name is Helen Bradley, thank you so much for joining me for this episode of Photoshop for Lunch, 10 blend mode tips in 10 minutes. I look forward to seeing you in an upcoming episode of Photoshop for Lunch soon.