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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 61 of 118

Dissolve Mode


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 61 of 118

Dissolve Mode


Lesson Info

Dissolve Mode

right now, we're going to get into blending modes. Blending modes is a menu you're gonna find in many areas of federal shop. The primary area that you see it is at the top of your layers panel, where if you have multiple layers in your document, whichever layer you have active, you can find a menu at the top that usually says normal and has a long list of choices. You'll find the same menu when used a paint brush tool and many other tools. And if we can get you a general understanding of that menu, then you're gonna be able to do a lot more and Photoshopped. So let's jump right into photo shop and get started. So I'm gonna create a brand new empty layer here. So click on the new layer icon at the bottom of my layers panel, and I'll choose a paint brush tool and with a soft edged brush, I'm just gonna paint on my image. Just have something to work with. Then I'll go to the top of my layers panel, and that's where you gonna find the blending mode menu. That menu will be great out if you'...

re working on the background layer because that menu determines how the layer you're working on is going to blend in with the layers that are below it, and you can't have any layers below the background, so it doesn't appear when the background layer is active. But when you have a layer above, then it should be active. I click here and we get this long list of choices. Well, that list, if you take a look at it, is divided up into various sections. You see those horizontal lines that break it up well, The reason why it does that is because each blending mode that is found within a section is they're all related to each other. They have some common qualities, and it's more important to understand the common qualities of each section than it is to understand the individual choices found within a section. Because if you understand the way one works, then you will find that the others are just variations on that theme, and therefore, if one choice in a particular category would be useful, you can probably try all the choices that are in there for the same type of a purpose. So at the very top. We have normal mode in a normal mode. There's nothing special done to cause the layer you currently working on to blend with the layer that's underneath nothing special. So that's what every layer starts out as below that is a choice called dissolve. It's not one that he used very often, but let's take a look at it in dissolve mode. The contents of the current layer can either be completely opaque, meaning that you cannot see through it at all or could be completely transparent, meaning missing or gone. You can't have anything that's partially transparent. You might call that translucent. So if there's anything you can partially see through, that area is going to change when we change it to dissolve mode. So take a look at the paint you can see just near the right edge my screen and notice that the edge of it has a soft edge where it slowly fades out than in that fadeout region. You can start seeing through it more and more and more well. That's where dissolved mode is going to kick in and let's see what happens when I change it to dissolve. Now it's still trying to simulate that edge fading out, but it's doing it by to see here, Frank Zoom where I need to, but it's doing it by using solid pixels. Here we go, and that's dissolving out, and you can paint when it's in that mode. You might want to try lowering the opacity of your brush because that should make it to your brushes. See through. And then when you paint, you're gonna find it has a dissolved appearance. Now the problem with this is that I might like that dissolved appearance for certain things. But it's a temporary function of that layer. I can't do things like, for instance, blur that and have those little specks take on a soft edge because all blurring does to the contents of a layer like this one is it would cause that fade out to be more gradual, that's there, and then dissolved mode would kick in right afterwards and make it look like this. I wouldn't be able to get a soft appearance, so let me show you how I could make this a little more usable. What I'm gonna do here is I'm gonna create a brand new empty layer by clicking on the new layer icon. And then I get a position that layer below the one that's in dissolved mode. I'll click on the one that's in dissolved mode, and now what I'm going to do is choose merge down. If I choose merge down, the contents of the current layer are going to be deposited on the layer below. The layer below is in normal mode. That's how all layers began. And so it's going to attempt to retain this visual look but doing it in normal mode. And so what that's gonna end up doing to this layer is any areas that have been temporarily hidden because we're in dissolved mode will actually be thrown away. And so let's try it out. I'll go to the layer menu. I'm gonna choose merge down, and now, if you look at my Layers panel, we still have the same appearance in my document. But this layer is now in normal mode, and that means there's nothing special causing it to have this effect. That effect is native to the layer now in, so I could come appear to my filter menu, for instance, maybe do a little motion blur and get a different look in my image. Now. You might not having a great idea of when you would want that, because all I did was paint on a layer. But what I might be doing instead, I'll throw that layer away is that might be using the text tool to put some text on my image. And here I'll be creative and use just the default text. Then I could go to the bottom of my layers panel, click on the letters F X and add something like maybe an outer glow, which would create a glowy thing behind this. Bring my opacity up. I'll bring up the size. She'll make it fade out a bit and that type of stuff click. OK, well, what if I take that glowy thing that represents the shape of this text? I can somehow get it into dissolve mode, so it looks like little speckles, so it'll look different. And if I merge it into an empty layer, then I'm able to do things like apply filters to it. Maybe that little motion blur, So then I can create a glow around my tax that looks quite different than normal. it has texture to it now. It's not as easy to do that as you might think, because this is a setting attached to a layer. But I can go to the layer menu and there's a choice in there called layer style and right there is my outer glow. If I chose that, I would go into the settings I was just using to, um, create that outer glow. But what I'm gonna do in here is there is a choice called create layer. And what that means is take any effects that are attached to this layer. It could be a drop shadow. Could be an outer glow. Could be anything that you've added from that FX menu at the bottom of your layers panel and watch what happens in my layers panel when I choose, create layer instead of being a setting attached to this layer, where you can see it over there with an eyeball that says Outer glow. When I choose create layer, it becomes its own independence layer, and so, therefore, because its own layer, I can now change its blending mode, and I might choose to use something like dissolve. So now I have that glow around my text that looks a bit different. I can further modify it by running a filter, maybe a blur it. Or maybe I come down and distort it using something like Ripple. In this case, I think the ripples a little too Ah, basic. So let's go for a motion blur instead. Oh, it's still in dissolve mint. I was wondering why it wasn't looking right. I got the A fact onto its own layer. I set it to dissolve, but its remaining in dissolved Modi did not do the final little trick we needed to dio. Then that was gonna create a brand new empty layer, put it underneath it and then merge that down. That's what got it to be in a normal layer. So let's go to the layer menu. Choose. Merge down its wondering why, like Ripple didn't really have a visual effect. Well, I need to have that layer in normal mode, and that's how I could get it that way. Now it can come here and try something. Let's see if Ripple actually produces ah result. Yes, it gave me, um, or randomised edge. Or I could come up and motion blur to get a completely different look. So on occasion, I find that choice of dissolve to be useful mainly when I want a speckled appearance to something. So I lower the opacity of something so you could usually see through it. But in dissolved node, it won't be able to be ableto BC through instead of will be defused these little specks. Ah, and then I just have to merge it into an empty layer so that I can further enhance it. Eso that's dissolved mode, not a mode that I use every day.

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
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  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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