Photoshop Blending Modes Explained

Diving deep into Blending Modes in Photoshop with detailed explanations and applications to your images. What are blending modes? Interestingly, there are 27 blending modes in Photoshop and the only blend modes that you’ll ever need, especially for photography, are just 4.

We’ll attempt to develop a deeper understanding of blending modes in Photoshop. When it comes to layers, blend modes are an indispensable part of the workflow with a plethora of real-world applications. Whether you are retouching, compositing, putting up the logo, creating a photo manipulation art or even simply editing your family photos, blend modes are very essential not only to enhance your results but make your workflow more efficient.

In this tutorial, first off, we will learn what are the four most important blend modes and how they work. Then, we’ll have some amazing and awesome examples to show you how to actually apply them to your images. By the way, the 4 most important ones are multiply, screen, soft light and overlay blend modes. Next up, we will mention and touch up on a couple more little important but essential blend modes: linear light, color, and hue.

And at the end, I have something really cool for you guys. We’ll use multiple blend modes to get advanced effects in Photoshop like realistically putting a lipstick and adding paper texture to your images. If you want to master layers, mastering blend modes is a must.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, do leave them down in the comments below and I’ll surely get back to you. Thanks a lot for watching.

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32 thoughts on “Photoshop Blending Modes Explained

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  4. I feel like Add is a blend mode that should have been mentioned too. Add is used a lot in VFX compositing FX and also sometimes as an alternative to Screen when trying to composite bright lights or lens flare effects over and image. Screen is usually the best solution, but if your image has very bright areas, Add can sometimes give the blend a better pop in the bright areas.

  5. Talk less and zoom in on the icons u are selected …. also it would be easier for someone to follow if u didn’t rush through the video

  6. Love this video, love the energy, and the simplicity of it. Your tutorial is going to save me so much time as an amateur user. Subscribed!

  7. As always an amazing tutorial. High pass though is desaturating also the color, so we have to adjust the saturation again after applying high pass.

  8. thanks for sharing your knowledge. Even though photoshop is complex, I try and learn something small everyday. You have great enthusiasm and are never boring. Keep up the great work buddy. Fantastic Job!

  9. Best explanation of Blend Modes ! Thank you for taking time to do these videos …. You should be given a Medal of Honor by Adobe.

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