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Chapter 13. Enhancement > Hue/Saturation/Brightness Blending Modes

Hue/Saturation/Brightness Blending Modes

The next set of modes divides the colors of your image into three components: hue, saturation, and brightness. Photoshop applies only one or two of these qualities to the underlying image. These are wonderfully helpful modes, and the ones that I feel have the most practical and obvious uses.

Hue Mode

This mode looks at the basic colors contained on the active layer and applies them to the brightness and saturation information on the underlying layers. You can think of hue as the pure form of a color. In order to get to the pure form of a color, you have to ignore how dark the color is and how vivid it is, so you can concentrate just on its basic color. It's kind of like when you were a kid and only knew about a dozen words to describe color. Back then, you might have thought of a maroon car, or a pink dress, as being red.


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