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Lesson 4. Painting and Editing > Blending the lily image with the background

Blending the lily image with the background

The blending mode controls how pixels in an image are affected by painting and editing tools. It's helpful to think in terms of the following types of colors when visualizing a blending mode's effect:

  • The base color is the original color in the image.

  • The blend color is the color being applied with the painting or editing tool.

  • The result color is the color resulting from the blend.

Throughout this lesson, you will learn how to specify a blending mode for a layer in the Layers palette and for a tool in the tool options bar.

Note

For complete information on the blending modes, see "Selecting a blending mode" in Photoshop 6.0 online Help.


Setting layer blending options

The blending options in the Layer Style dialog box (Photoshop) and the Layer Options palette (ImageReady) let you change a layer's opacity and blending with the pixels underneath.

Keep in mind that a layer's opacity and blending mode interact with the opacity and mode of the tools you use to paint and edit the pixels on the layer. For example, suppose you are working on a layer that uses the Dissolve mode and an opacity of 50%. If you paint on this layer using the paintbrush tool set to Normal mode with an opacity of 100%, the paint will appear in Dissolve mode with a 50% opacity because this is the maximum the layer can display. On the other hand, suppose you are working on a layer created using Normal mode and 100% opacity. If you use the eraser tool with an opacity of 50%, only 50% of the paint will disappear as you erase.

—From Adobe Photoshop 6.0 online Help


You'll use the Multiply blending mode to blend the white background of the Lily Image layer with the green background of the Background layer.

1.
In the Layers palette, select the Lily Image layer.

2.
Choose Blending Options from the Layers palette menu to open the Layer Style dialog box.


Choosing a blending mode option in the Layer Style dialog box



Choosing a blending mode option in the Layers palette


Double-clicking the layer in the Layers palette will also open the Layer Style dialog box.

3.
In the Layer Style dialog box, select Preview, then choose different options from the Blend Mode menu and observe the effect that they have on the image. (You may need to move the dialog box to see the image better.)

Note

You can also choose a Blend Mode option and enter the Opacity at the top of the Layers palette.

4.
Choose Multiply from the Blend Mode menu and click OK to close the Layer Style dialog box.


The Lily Image layer with the normal blending mode



The Lily Image layer with the Multiply blending mode


The Multiply blending mode looks at the color information in each channel and multiplies the original color in the image by the color being applied. The resulting color is always darker. Multiplying any color with black produces black. Multiplying any color with white leaves the color unchanged. When you're painting with a color other than black or white, successive strokes with a layer set to the Multiply blending mode produce progressively darker colors.

Note

You'll learn about channels in the next lesson. For more information on channels, see Photoshop 6.0 online Help.

5.
Choose File > Save.

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