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How to Use Photoshop Blend Modes Like a Pro

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Class Introduction

Jesús Ramirez

How to Use Photoshop Blend Modes Like a Pro

Jesús Ramirez

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

My name is Jesus Ramirez, and I'm just gonna put up this slide right away, so that you can see it. It's got my email. If you guys have any questions, feel free to email me about blending modes or any Photoshop related things. That's my website, my handle on all social media. Feel free to write those down if you like. I always start with whatever my latest composite is. This is one of my latest composites. That's mostly what I'm known for. I'm known for my compositing work. I've worked as a graphic designer for about 15 years now almost. But, recently I've been doing a lot of teaching for places like Creative Live. I've done events for Adobe, all over the world, including Australia, Latin America, all over the U.S. That's actually what takes up most of my time these days, just teaching people how to use Photoshop. Also recently, I like to start with that photo right there. That is my very first composite ever. (audience laughing) I like to show people that I started where everybody else...

starts, from the beginning, and I just have to keep practicing and learning the tools, the techniques, just to improve, just like everybody else. I always like to show the very first one, because if I just show this one, people assume that I was born knowing how to do all of that.

Class Description

Blend Modes are perhaps the most powerful and misunderstood features in Adobe® Photoshop®. In this information-packed class, Jesus Ramirez will demystify these seemingly scary options and show you Blend Modes in a whole new light. You’ll discover exactly what Blend Modes are, how they work, and how you can find the right one to use for your project. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on several real-life examples so you can learn how to use Blend Modes in your retouching, compositing and other creative projects.


Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

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CreativeLive has many excellent instructors for whom I have nothing but high praise, and some have classes or segments on blending modes, but Photoshop Week 2017 was the first time that I finally "got" blend modes. Kudos to Jesus Ramirez for covering a lot of ground. In this class, Jesus explained the rationale behind how blend modes are grouped and how each group affects pixels. His methodology - applying each blend mode to the same photo, blended first with a luminance chart, and then with color wheels - was very effective at illustrating the impact of each blend mode - a visual representation of what each blend mode does accompanied by an introductory explanation of the algorthm. He also illustrated how he had used the effect in his own work, provided useful advice, and left room for our own creativity to take flight. This one-hour class has something for beginner to advanced Photoshop users alike. Well done!


wow! Amazing!

a Creativelive Student

I would recommend it for beginners but when it said "like a pro" I assumed it would be more advanced. It covered the groups with mainly one example from each group. What I was looking for was some knowledge of all the modes in a group and the relationships. I know that lighten lightens and so does screen but what is the difference and when to apply each. Same with color dodge and linear dodge, and all the various members of all the groups. Otherwise I am doomed to merely "scroll through and pick one I like".