Blend modes are an essential, if somewhat mysterious, tool for photographers and digital artists. They can be used to for a wide range of imaging effects and challenges, such as noise reduction, working with high dynamic range (HDR) images, compositing, graphic design, and digital painting. Although blend modes can be easy to use, they aren’t always easy to understand. Scott Valentine translates the technical elements into every day language and demonstrates techniques using real-world examples.
Whether you’re a professional or hobbyist, there’s something here for you. Beginning and intermediate users of Photoshop will learn how blend modes work and get up to speed on the most common techniques. The book will also feature power tips and blend mode techniques from industry experts, including Katrin Eismann, Matt Kloskowski, and RC Concepcion. Advanced and technical users will find indispensable references along with powerful enhancements and corrections. More than just a collection of effects and recipes, The Hidden Power of Blend Modes explains why the techniques work and how to tune them for your own specific needs.
Table of Contents
Part 1 — General Techniques
Ch 1 - Introduction
What are blend modes
What tools use blend modes
Color space and bit depth
Ch 2 - General Techniques
Painting & Paths
Part 2 — Blend Mode Techniques
Ch 3 - Photographic Adjustments
Ch 4 - Photographic Effects & Compositing
Ch 5 - Graphic Design, Painting, & Illustration
Ch 6 - Data & Technical
Part 3 - List of Blend Modes
Appendix A - Color Modes and Bit Depth
Appendix B - Table of Blend Modes Reference
Appendix C - References & Downloads
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