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Chapter 17. Using Blending Modes > Photoshop in Focus

Photoshop in Focus

Several of Photoshop's blending modes are best used with painting tools to enhance images. You can create a layer, set the blending mode, and paint with shades of gray to improve shadows, highlights, or both. Other blending modes can create dramatic effects when used with a pair of color images. To see for yourself how blending modes work, try this:

1.
Open a photographic image in Photoshop. A suitable picture for this experiment has a number of different colors, many of them bright and well saturated. It should also have definite shadows and highlights.

2.
In the Layers palette, click the New Layer button.

3.
On that new layer, make a rectangular selection of the lower third (or so) of the image.

4.
In the selection, drag a black-to-white linear gradient.

5.
Make another rectangular selection, this one across the top third of the image.

6.
In the new selection, drag a linear Rainbow gradient.

7.
Change through the layer blending modes, seeing how the grayscale and color gradients differ from blending mode to blending mode. Keep track of which are most appropriate for correcting an image's shadows and highlights by painting with gray on a separate layer. (And make note of which blending modes make you say “Cool!” out loud.)


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