July 24, 2011, 5:13 a.m.
posted by noise
Blending Modes in Action
Now that you've got a little practice with blending modes, it's time to explore their creative and production side in greater depth. Blending modes are part of a professional's workflow. The next four sections showcase a few different ways to better integrate blending modes for professional results.
Here's a quick look at how different blending modes can be used to add instant spice to an image.
Blurred to be Blended Image
Fixing a Shadowed Image
If an image is completely thrown into the shadows, you can turn to blending modes to shed a little light. In fact, this is a technique that is often used by law enforcement agencies to enhance security photos or footage.
Fixing a Bad Sky
Applying a Rubber Stamp
You can also use blending modes to make one image appear as if it were applied to another. If we add the Free Transform command, we can make that stamp match the perspective of the photo. Let's give it a try:
Figure provides the keyboard shortcuts to make it easier for you to use blending modes.