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Pearson Education The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop is the official definitive resource on using Adobe Photoshop blend modes created by Adobe Press. It features dozens of hands-on examples to give students an edge in technical, personal, and commercial projects.
Blend modes are an essential, if somewhat mysterious tool. 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 everyday language and demonstrates techniques using real-world examples.
Beginning and intermediate students 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 students 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 their own specific needs.
About the Author
Scott Valentine started with Photoshop working on optical and electron microscopy images, becoming a Subject Matter Expert at a national laboratory. With a degree in Physics and dual minors in Music and Theater. Scott has been a featured presenter for RetouchPRO and several Adobe user groups. He’s also a User Group Manager and Adobe Community Professional helping users get the most out of Photoshop for nearly ten years.
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 Fading Effects Adjustment Layers Apply Image Calculations Layer Controls Combining Blends 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 Appendices Appendix A - Color Modes and Bit Depth Appendix B - Table of Blend Modes Reference Appendix C - References & Downloads