The Basics of Blending—Video Tutorial

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The Basics of Blending
by Linda Sattgast

Give an ordinary photo, or even a less than inspiring photo, an artistic look with blend modes.

In this video tutorial I’ll demonstrate the basics of blending that will give you a good foundation when conquering more advanced blending effects.

Skills practiced and learned in this video:

  • blend a photo with itself
  • blend a photo with a texture
  • blend mode shortcuts




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7 Responses

  1. Fran
    | Reply

    This is such a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much!

  2. LindaMarie
    | Reply

    I wonder why I’ve never seen anyone say that you can scroll through the blend modes by using your right (move down the list) and left (move up the list) arrow keys? I think I just learned that by accident, and I believe it works with whichever tool you have open.

    • Linda Sattgast
      | Reply

      Yes, that’s true for Windows but not for a Mac. In Windows you must first click on a blend mode to activate it and then you can use the Arrow keys to scroll up and down. It’s a great method for Windows users, but there’s one down side. When you click on a blend mode it “activates” that mode and highlights it. If you’re not aware that you have an active “selection” you may try to do something else and wonder why the program isn’t responding. You must click somewhere else on your program to deactivate the selected blend mode. For this reason, and because it doesn’t apply to a Mac, I don’t mention it in my training.

  3. Nina Graff
    | Reply

    YAY!! I am so happy this popped up again! I KNEW I had seen your
    shortcut for the blend mode a while ago…couldn’t remember it, or know where I could find it. This will be so useful to pop through those options! Thank you!

  4. Judit
    | Reply

    super informative love the details and simple explanations with the video.
    makes learning much easier at any age. This great granny just beggining.

    • Linda Sattgast
      | Reply

      Anytime is a good time to start learning new things, so more power to you!

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