Apply patterns with {{blend-modes}}.

Use {{blend-modes}} to merge colors and patterns between your background and foreground to create cool effects and surprising new images. Starting at PRICE - ABM - Creative Cloud Photography plan with 1TB.

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How to use {{blend-modes}} in {{photoshop}}.

  • Start with layers -
    Make sure there are at least two layers and the top one is hidden.
  • Focus on the subject -
    Use the Quick Selection tool to select parts of the image you want to leave untouched.
  • Get ready to blend -
    Make the top layer visible. It now hides the layer below
  • Show it again -
    Press Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) while clicking the Mask button in the Layers panel to show the selected area.
  • Blend in -
    Mouse over the {{blend-modes}} to see the effect each one has and choose the one you like.

Know your {{blend-modes}}.

Photoshop has over 20 {{blend-modes}} you can use to change the look of one or more layers without changing your original image. They are grouped by the overall effect they have on the image, from darkening and lightening to modifying contrast and saturation. Multiply, for example, darkens colors while preserving the shadows in layers below it.

Work in layers.

When it comes to {{blend-modes}}, layer order is important. A Blend mode will affect the layers below it. To contain an effect to part of the composition, group some layers and apply a Blend mode to the group. You can drag to rearrange the layer hierarchy in the Layers panel at any point in your creative process.

Try before you apply.

Mouse over different {{blend-modes}} to see how the layers interact with each other before choosing the one you like best.

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Change backgrounds

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