8 Special Blending Modes
The eight special blending modes. Photoshop first added blending modes in Photoshop version three, when layers were added, there were 19 blending modes. Eight additional blending modes were added after that. These are the blending modes here in yellow. And those blending modes have a property, two properties, that the other blending modes do not. Number one is, when you, and let me change that brush there. Number one is that if I paint and then change the opacity, I will get a different result when I change it, when I change the fill. So notice how the, and actually I have to change the blending mode first. I have to change it to one of those eight blending modes. I chose the color dodge blending mode, which is one of the blending modes on the list. Now, if I adjust opacity, compare the fill, I would get a different result. That blending mode, and especially with white, becomes really useful when you're compositing and creating specular highlights. So if I double click on the side of t...
his layer, you'll see the advanced blending options. We're gonna have this checkbox here called Transparency Shapes Layers. Watch what happens when I uncheck that checkbox. You see how the edges of the pixels change. I can also control fill and opacity from this dialogue box, so if I reduce the opacity, you can see how that becomes sort of like a big highlight right on her and on the motorcycle, but if I bring down the opacity, you will not see that effect. So, this is a really interesting effect that you can get with those eight blending modes. Obviously, with the blending modes in the darkened category, you would have to use a darker color, not white. But with those eight blending modes, the result will be different when you change fill, compare to opacity, and if you uncheck the Transparency Shapes Layers checkbox, the pixels around the edge of whatever you paint on will blend differently, and usually, in my opinion, it's a nicer result.