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Photoshop Blend Modes Explained

Photoshop Blend Modes control how an effect is applied to your image. Each Blend Mode has a different method for blending, and creates different effects when used. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through and explain what each blend mode does and a few of my favorite ways to use them. My explanation is based on the practical ways a photographer might use Blend Modes while editing their images. For a more technical explanation of Photoshop Blend Modes, you can check out this post on Adobe’s website.

In the video, I mention several other tutorials that use blend modes that can help you take your learning even further. Find them in the “Related Posts” section below.

Related Posts:

Using and Understanding Layer Masks
Creating a Matte Effect using Lighten and Darken Blend Mode
Sky Overlay Tutorials using Multiply Blend Mode
Dramatic Dodging and Burning using Soft Light Blend Mode
Fixing Overly Bright Ears using Color Blend Mode
Adding Contrast in Luminosity Blend Mode
How to Use Glitter Overlays in Screen Blend Mode (plus download a free overlay!)

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