Quick Tip—Multiply Blend Mode

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Quick Tip—Multiply
by Jen White

Wood embellishments are all the rage right now. I’m seeing them in my local craft stores and in the digital kits of designers I follow. One great perk to going digital with your scrapbooking is that the wood stain on these embellishments can be easily altered. Let me show you what I mean.

Here are two versions of a star from Stories: 365 by Kristin Cronin-Barrow. The one on the left is in its original form. The star on the right has been given a slightly darker stain simply by adding a Blend Mode adjustment in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

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Here’s how to achieve this look:

• Open an embellishment, create a duplicate, and then close the original.
• Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J). You should now have two identical layers in the Layers panel.
• Change the Blend Mode (in the Layers panel) of the top layer to Multiply.

Too much or too little? No problem.

• To make the stain a little lighter: In the Layers panel, lower the Opacity of the top layer.
• To make the stain darker still: Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to create a copy of the top layer.

Here is a snip of my scrapbook page before applying this tip:

Page/Photo--Jen White; Paper/Embellishments--Spirit of Christmas by HGD by Laurie Ann; Font--5th Grade Cursive
Page/Photo–Jen White; Paper/Embellishments–Spirit of Christmas by HGD by Laurie Ann; Font–5th Grade Cursive

 

And, here is the same snip after applying several Multiply layers to the wooden tree. I think it looks MUCH warmer and inviting.

Page/Photo--Jen White; Paper/Embellishments--Spirit of Christmas by HGD by Laurie Ann; Font--5th Grade Cursive
Page/Photo–Jen White; Paper/Embellishments–Spirit of Christmas by HGD by Laurie Ann; Font–5th Grade Cursive

 


 

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That was just a teeny tiny tip demonstrating the power of blend modes. Interested in digging in deeper?

Whether you’ve just dabbled with blend modes or you feel pretty comfortable using them, I invite you to step up to a new level of blending where you create powerful imagery and art from your photos.

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jenwhite-48x48Author: Jen White | jen@digitalscrapper.com
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3 Responses

  1. Barbara Schladitz
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    Me, too! I’ve taken lots of DS classes and benefited from all of them. I really enjoyed the Blending class.

  2. france
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    wow! your class looks awesome!!! Totally out of my budget, but wow!!! The samples are breathtaking! I’m definitely bookmarking it for one day…. maybe I’ll win the lotto! 😀
    Good work!!!!

  3. farmwife
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    I took the Art of Blending class in 2014–what a blast! The lessons are fun, and easy to understand and do, producing wonderful images. It made me look at my images in a new way, as I tried to anticipate which ones would most benefit from blending. And it was so cool to view other people’s transformations in the gallery. I recommend this class to everyone!

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