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How to Use Photoshop Blend Modes Like a Pro

with Jesús Ramirez

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    01:29
  •   03 How Blending Modes Work

    03:53

Class duration: 1h 11m

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About The Class

Don't Be Afraid to Use These Features

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.


SOFTWARE USED:

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    01:29
  2. 02

    What are Blending Modes?

    06:14
  3. 03

    How Blending Modes Work

    03:53
  4. 04

    Normal & Darken Blending Modes

    04:32
  5. 05

    Lighten Blending Modes

    09:01
  6. 06

    Contrast Blending Modes

    08:38
  7. 07

    Inversion & Component Blending Modes

    14:13
  8. 08

    The Pass Through Blending Mode

    08:02
  9. 09

    8 Special Blending Modes

    15:10

Meet Your Expert

Jesús Ramirez

Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker, and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop. He is an Adobe Community Professional, and a content creator for the Adobe Creative Cloud Blog. Jesús is best known as the founder of the ... read more

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  • ML

    May 2018

    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!

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    Creativelive Student

    May 2018

    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".

  • Deborah Bailey

    Deborah Bailey

    November 2018

    Really enjoyed this class. I just opened it up and then worked on one of my projects while Jesus explained the blending mode. I'll be referring to this again and again.

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