Sharing a recent tutorial. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions! XOXO Angel
Blending Mode Basics
A simple technique to add continuity and visual appeal to the digital portion of your project is the use of blending modes.
Just like the name implies, changing the blending mode on a layer literally adjusts the way a layer blends with the layer(s) underneath it. You can find a list of available choices in a drop down box located at the upper left hand side of your layers palette. As you can see they’re arranged in groups all creating similar effects.
To give you an idea of what each one does, we’ll take a look at examples of some of the most commonly used blending modes. Keep in mind many of the actual results will vary based on the layer you’re blending and/or the layer(s) underneath it.
Tip: There are more technical explanations for each mode listed under the Help menu in PS.
The default setting for each layer is Normal.
For example take a look at the solid color fill inside the title letters Splish Splash on this layout. While the color coordinates with the project, I’d really like it to look more watery and let the paper show through. I could adjust the layer transparency but that makes the letter color look much too light. What I really want is to make the color transparent while maintaining its vibrancy.
Changing the blending mode will allow me to do just that.