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So, what’s interesting about blend modes? Well, one of my favorite features is that they’re non-destructive. You can cycle through them and change blending on any existing layer without changing the file size. In my book, I explain why this is, and how to exploit it. I’ve also given you some pointers about the limitations and how to get around them.

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Guest Authors

Here are the wonderful people who contributed their favorite blend mode tips. Each has a unique perspective on art and photography, and this list represents a very diverse set of talents. I’m very proud to have gotten participation from some of the best people in the Photoshop world.


Additional Resources


Special Articles and Tutorials

The following technique has been prepared exclusively for you. It’s a wonderful example of using blend modes to enhance texture in a digital painting. Be sure to check out M2 Media’s site for more great information.


Reference files

These PSD files were built in Photoshop CS6. Simply download and unzip. These are the files I used for the index of my book, with minor modifications. Please share them with full attribution, but do not modify them. You may, of course, build your own using mine as reference.


Errata & Corrections

Hey – we all make mistakes. Here are mine in a nicely ordered list. If you find others, please use the form below to inform me!

  1. The appendix incorrectly lists shortcuts for direct access to blend modes as Cmd (PC:Ctrl) + Shift + X where X is a letter designation for each blend mode. The correct shortcut is Opt (PC:Alt) + Shift + X.
  2. Mark Heaps’ recipe – missing step (pending resolution)
  3. Calvin Hollywood’s recipe (page 99) says to use Smart Blur, but the correct tool is the Surface Blur, as shown in the screenshot.


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