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Chapter 11. Standard Effects in Action > Using the Blend Effect

Using the Blend Effect

Blend is a compound effect designed to combine two layers together using one of five modes: crossfade, color only, tint, darken, and lighten. Blend can provide an alternative to using the cross-dissolve transition or layer modes to combine images. Used as a cross-dissolve, Blend achieves a slightly different look, especially in the way luminance values mix at the midpoint of the transition. Because transfer modes (covered in Chapter 13) can't be animated, the Blend effect also offers a way to animate the relative blending values over time.

When using the Blend effect, be mindful of the limitations imposed by all compound effects. If the effect source layer needs to be pretreated, use a nested composition. (See "Using Compound Effects," in Chapter 10.)


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