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July 22nd, 2008, 12:05 PM
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(If you're in SSSC you should see a pattern here )
I love blending modes there is so much you can do with them to edit a photo and help it go with your page. Plus, they come with all programs so it saves on buying overlays and such. There is just so so much you can do with them! Here's two examples of pages that I used noticable blending modes on the photos:



Now, even though they are really noticable in those photos I use them on almost ALL of my photos in the editing process. Here are some tips and examples of the different types.
• Most important tip: always make a duplicate layer of your picture before applying modes. Blending modes tend to work by using several things, the biggest of which is lowering the opacity of the picture. You are going to want the original not just to have a back up, but also so that once the opacity has been lowered it doesn’t show any of the elements or designs behind your picture.
• USE TINTS. Make two duplicates of your picture and apply a color tint to the first copy. Then use the blending modes on the second. (make sure the tinted pic is under it). Different color tint scan give different feelings to a pic. Blue, will give it a calmer brighter look, also a summery or underwater appearance. Yellow will give it a really bright, slightly antiqued look. Using different reds, oranges, and browns give you pic different levels of oldness and warmth. Black and white photos under a picture with blending modes tend to brighten the colors and increase the shadows.
• PLAY WITH LEVELS. Play with the color, lighting, and contrast in your picture. You will find that increasing or decreasing these can cause different blending modes to look completely different.
• HAVE FUN. Have fun with playing with the blending modes. As long as you have your original you can’t hurt your photo, and as long as you remember to make duplicates you can build on the blending modes you use. Make several duplicates of your photos and use several different modes. Blending modes give you a way to have more fun and edit and play with your photos even more!
PS and PSE Users these can be found right above your layers area in a drop down menu that should say NORMAL. GIMP users this is called Layer Modes in your program. PSP users I don't know where your's is, sorry.

Just a few examples!

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this is a good one, I tend to stick with the same things and this is not one of them. I will give this a whirl as soon as I can
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July 25th, 2008, 04:29 PM
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I'm sorry but I am a bit confused. What is a mode? What is overlay and how do you get it?
Quote: "...as long as you remember to make duplicates you can build on the blending modes you use. Make several duplicates of your photos and use several different modes."
what do you mean by "build on the blending modes"? do you mean doing different layers of the same picture but having a different mode on each one?

I can't wait to learn more on this; I think this will be fun to experiment with!
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stealing one of trish's siggy school screenshots (for a different lesson, lol)

at the top of your layer pallete, you should see something like this (may look slightly different, depending on what program you use). the circled drop down is used to adjust the opacity, the other drop down (on the left -- says "normal" by default) is used to change your blending mode.



and yes, you understood the other part correctly... just duplicate the photo layer and change the blending mode on the top photo layer.
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July 25th, 2008, 06:39 PM
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thanks Linz.
can I make the same effect by doing a light opacity eraser over the entire image ?
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July 26th, 2008, 08:07 AM
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hey! I think I found "modes". It pops up when I use the brushes. I've played a tiny bit with these before and remember I told myself I wanted to learn more about them. Here's my chance!
I'm excited about this
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July 28th, 2008, 08:12 AM
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thanks linz for answering that. and steal all the screen shots you want.

Julie, to answer your new questions...
You don't HAVE to keep re-duplicating your images over and over, you can apply as many modes as you want to one, but once i get mine to something, and really like it, i duplicate it before adding any more in case i really mess up and ruin the picture. Here's an example.
This is the original photo in my siggy:


i didn't do much actual editing except to change the lighting and coloring.
i then duplicated the pic, and applied the overlay mode to the duplicate. (Always have a copy of the original after you do your regular editing) Next I added a blue tint, and used color burn on it. Finally (not a blending mode) I added an inner glow to just the bottom right corner and changed the color of the glow to a dark brown. I hope that helps some, and yes, I duplicated each layer before adding the next bit. I just go back and delete all the duplicates when I'm done.



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Thanks guys. I love this place You are so kind and quick to help
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