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Hour 20. Making Composite Images > Understanding Blending Modes

Understanding Blending Modes

In the real world, when you place a second brush full of paint over paint that’s already there, the effect depends on the color of the paint you’re applying, how opaque it is, whether the first layer is wet or dry, and so on. In Elements, you can control all these factors by using what are called blending modes. Blending modes apply to layers (controlling a layer’s effect on the layers below it) as well as to all tools that can draw or paint, including the Brush, Pencil, Clone Stamp, and Paint Bucket, just to name a few. You’ll find the tool blending modes on the Mode menu on the Tool Options bar, and the Layer blending modes on a similar menu on the Layer palette, as shown in Figure 20.8.

Figure 20.8. The Tool Options list here shows the Brush blending modes.



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