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Chapter 17. Using Blending Modes > Working with Blending Modes

Working with Blending Modes

You can use Photoshop's blending modes while working with painting tools or when applying them to a layer. When applied to a layer, every pixel on the layer is affected. (Each blending mode is explained individually later in this chapter.) Keep in mind, too, that layer blending modes are live, meaning they can be changed at any time, as long as the image's layers are intact.

Layer Blending Modes

When a layer's blending mode is changed from Normal to another mode, the relationship between the layer's pixels and those below changes. In Normal mode, each pixel interacts with those below according to the pixel's color and the layer's transparency. If, for example, a group of pixels is filled with a solid color, the layer's blending mode is Normal, and the opacity is set to 100%, the pixels block those below. On the other hand, if the layer is set to most of the other blending modes or the opacity is reduced, the lower pixel is likely to be at least partially visible.


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