Use Blend modes to merge colours and patterns between your background and foreground to create cool effects and surprising new images. Starting at £9.98/mo.
Apply patterns with Blend modes.
Use Blend modes to merge colours and patterns between your background and foreground to create cool effects and surprising new images.
How to use Blend modes in Photoshop.
1. Start with layers
Make sure there are at least two layers and the top one is hidden.
2. Focus on the subject
Use the Quick Selection tool to select parts of the image you want to leave untouched.
3. Get ready to blend
Make the top layer visible. It now hides the layer below.
4. Show it again
Press Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) while clicking the Mask button in the Layers panel to show the selected area.
5. 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 colours 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.
See what else you can do with Photoshop.
More to explore.
Blur. Layer. Colourise. Swap. Combine. Blend.
With Photoshop, everyone can.