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Chapter 8. Creating Great Grayscale Phot... > Using Blending Modes to Create Other...

Using Blending Modes to Create Other Grayscale Effects

Sometimes, you don’t want an accurate grayscale rendition of a color photo. Perhaps you’d like to have an antique look, as if the image were created a long time ago and gradually faded over the years. In this next section, we’re going to use Photoshop’s blending modes to create a particular type of special effect.

If you want to learn more about Photoshop’s blending modes and what they do, check out the section in Chapter 3 titled “Choosing a Brush Mode,” in which I provide a list of the most common blending modes, along with a description of their effects. As you’re learning, Photoshop’s blending modes combine pixels in sophisticated ways. They can be used to combine channels, as we did in this chapter, when you’re merging layers, or when you’re applying “paint” using a brush or other retouching tool, as you learned earlier in this book. In this case, we use the Exclusion mode to produce a weathered, old-timey look to the photograph, taking advantage of the way Exclusion combines pixels.


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