Photoshop Blending Modes
Photoshop Blending Modes

Photoshop Blending Modes: Beginner’s Tips and Tricks

Today we will discuss the blending modes of Photoshop and how you can make distinctive photo effects by utilizing these options. The Photoshop blending modes option is at the top of the Layer panel. By blending layers, you are changing the way pixels on the various layers blend in with one another and this gives us some amazing and great outcomes. This is why blending modes of Photoshop can be an incredible method to create different pictures of artwork.

Steps of Photoshop Blending Modes

I will start with similar two layers in this tutorial, and I’ll begin with the Stairs or top layer in this picture which is selected in the Layers board. 


  1. Click on the option that says ” Normal”. It is located on the top of the Layers panel. Then you’ll see a drop-down menu that has more than 20 blending mode choices. Naturally, all layers show up with a blending mode of Normal. 

2. Select the “Hard Mix” option from the drop-down menu. Then you will see a significant change in the picture.


3. Take a couple of moments to evaluate using other blending modes. Then observe the different effects on your pictures. In this way, you can discover various types of blending options and create a nice effect.


Keyboard Shortcuts of Photoshop Blending Modes

The most ideal approach to comprehend or figure out the blending modes is to utilize your keyboard. When you have lots of work but you are running out of time, then you can use the blending mode shortcuts. The easy method for using blending mode is to choose a layer, then select a blending mode, next hold down Shift and press (+) to go ahead or Shift and press (–) to step in reverse through them.

Multiply Blending Mode

The Multiply mode is likely one of the best blending modes used by lots of designers. It brings about a darker and more extravagant shading. So it can be used all the time for your design and illustration work. It additionally has an uncommon mystery use for removing the white pixels on a layer. Where there are white pixels on a layer, those pixels will get taken out and vanish. This is an incredibly, valuable stunt and very useful trick. For this reason, numerous photographers and designers like to use multiple blending modes. 


You can also use this option through the keyboard shortcuts. Just press Shift+Alt+M for Windows and Shift+Option+M for Mac. For example, create a Photoshop document with two layers. On the top layer is an image of a mime artist that has a lot of white or light shading pixels. Another layer that is at the bottom layer is a close up picture of a flower.


Now, when you will convert the blending modes to Multiply, the entirety of the white pixels is taken out. So you can see underneath that line the dim pixels in the meme artist’s face and in the folds of his outfit are retained. These dark pixels appear darker as well.

Final Words on Photoshop Blending Modes

This is the beginner’s level guide to use Photoshop Blending Modes. The most ideal way to learn blending modes is to work practically and try all the different effects in your photo. In this way, you can explore new design ideas.

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