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Blending Modes in Photoshop and other Graphics Software

Blending Modes Illustrated Tutorial

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Blending modes, or Blend Modes, are a feature of Adobe Photoshop and most other graphics software. Blend modes allow you to adjust how one layer or color mixes with the colors in the layers below. Blending modes are most often used with layers in your graphics software, but they can also come into play with painting tools where the blending mode of the painting tool affects how the colors mix with the existing colors on the same layer where you are painting.

Most bitmap-based programs, and even some vector based programs, include a blending modes feature. Most graphics programs offer a common set of blend modes, but these can vary between programs. Since Photoshop is the most commonly used photo editor, this gallery contains all the blend modes available within Photoshop. If you are using different software, your program may have a few more or less blend modes than those described and shown here, or they may be named differently.

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Choosing a Blending Mode from the Layers PaletteBlending Mode IntroductionThe Normal Blending ModeNormal Blending ModeThe Behind Blending ModeThe Behind Blending ModeThe Clear Blending ModeThe Clear Blending Mode
The Dissolve Blending ModeThe Dissolve Blending ModeThe Darken Blending ModeThe Darken Blending ModeThe Multiply Blending ModeThe Multiply Blending ModeThe Color Burn Blending ModeThe Color Burn Blending Mode
The Linear Burn Blending ModeThe Linear Burn Blending ModeThe Lighten Blending ModeThe Lighten Blending ModeThe Screen Blending ModeThe Screen Blending ModeThe Color Dodge Blending ModeThe Color Dodge Blending Mode
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