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Chapter 15. Collage > Blending Sliders

Blending Sliders

The Blending sliders allow you to make certain areas of a layer disappear or show up based on how bright or dark they are. For example, it's very easy to make all of the dark parts of an object disappear.

Sample Use: A “big fish” prospect that you've been trying to snag for months finally throws you a bone. She's desperate because the super-swanky design studio she usually uses can't meet her deadline. You know she's just using you, but what the hey, it's a shot at a new client. She's given you some images that you've loaded into Photoshop. One is a photograph of some big, fat, billowy clouds; the other is of a bunch of whales. She wants you to make it look like the whales are swimming around in the clouds. In some places, she wants the whales to replace the sky that is behind the clouds, but in other places, she wants the whales to actually blend in with the clouds. Very surreal. She impatiently bites her nails and wants to know how many hours it will take to get the effect. You know you can nail this job in a jiffy with the Blending sliders, so while your hands are busy with the mouse, you give her a fearless look and reply, “I'll do it while you wait.” She frowns, “I can't just sit around here for hours!” You smile, “No problem, it's already done.” The look on her face delivers the good news—you've got a client for life.


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