Photoshop Blend Modes – Quick and Dirty Explanation

in Photoshop, Training

I am sure there are more comprehensive guide to Photoshop blend modes out there.

However, below are the most common ones and a quick and dirty explanation on the practical (rather than technical) usage of each types.

 

Normal

  • Blend the top layer with bottom layer

Dissolve

  • Replace ┬ácertain percentage of pixels with the top layer

Darken

  • Choose the darker pixel between the two layers

Multiply

  • Darken layer. saturation maintained

Color Burn

  • Darken layer, saturation increased

Linear Burn

  • Darken layer, saturation lowered

Lighten

  • Choose lighter pixel between two layers

Screen

  • Lighten, saturation maintained

Color Dodge

  • Lighten, saturation increased

Linear Dodge

  • Lighten, saturation lowered

Overlay

  • Increase contrast, saturation maintained

Soft Light

  • Gentle contrast, saturation maintained

Hard Light

  • Strong contrast, saturation increased

Vivid Light

  • Extreme contrast, saturation increased

Linear Light

  • Strong contrast, saturation maintained

 

 

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