Tips 4 Designers, Layer Blending Modes in Adobe Photoshop

The best way to check how a blending mode works is to experiment it. Because it’s nearly impossible to expect the final result, you always end up trying each and every mode until you get what you want. As you begin, remember how different sets of blending modes affect your image.

Here are the various groups of blend modes:

1. Darken Modes

  • Darken
  • Multiply
  • Color Burn
  • Linear Burn

2. Lighten Modes

  • Lighten
  • Screen
  • Color Dodge
  • Linear Dodge

3. Contrast Modes

  • Overlay
  • Soft Light
  • Hard Light
  • Vivid Light
  • Linear Light
  • Pin Light
  • Hard Mix

4. Comparative Modes

  • Difference
  • Exclusion

5. Composite Modes

  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Color
  • Luminosity


Description of the six essential layer blend modes:

  • Normal: The default blending mode, it hides the pixels below the top layer.
  • Multiply: Doubles the luminance levels of the selected layer with the layers below.
  • Lighten: It replaces the pixels in the underlying layers with the pixels in the top layer when the top layer pixels are lighter.
  • Overlay: Multiplies the colors based on the brightness of the layers below the chosen layer. The base color is mixed with the blend color to reflect the darkness or lightness of the primary color.
  • Luminosity: Creates a result color with the hue and saturation of the base color and replaces only the luminance of the underlying colors with the luminance of the top color.
  • Difference: Subtracts darker colors from the lighter colors.

To know more about Adobe Photoshop blending modes click HERE


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