Have you ever looked at your photo while you were editing and just thought, blah!?
Not that it was bad, but just a bit boring. You wanted it to have more of a pop to it! I know just the thing that might help.
Blending modes in Photoshop might be what you were looking for to add that punch and creativity to your images! Not sure what they are or how to use them? Watch or read below to learn and then try it out on your own!
What Are Blending Modes?
To put it really simply, they will change the way the colors in your image look in Photoshop. Right below is my original image. Keep reading to learn how to create many different looks of this same image in just a matter of seconds!
Most Common Modes
The blending modes are broken into “categories”. The more common ones that are used are the ones that will lighten the colors, that will darken the colors and will add contrast to the colors. Take a look below to see the different groups. Each one will make your photo look slightly different.
How To Apply Them
You can choose to apply blending modes to your images as a whole OR certain parts of your image to really pinpoint the look you are going for. To apply them either duplicate your background layer, OR you can choose an adjustment layer like curves or levels (it doesn’t really matter because you won’t be altering those adjustments). With that level selected chose blending modes and select the one you’d like. Play around with the different modes to see the difference it makes on your photo! (See that pink arrow, that’s where you change them!)
Take blending modes one step farther and target only the areas you want affected. Complete the same steps as above, but this time add a layer mask and invert it. Brush on only the area you want that blending mode to show through! ( Watch me above in the video to see in more detail!)
Here are just a few of the different blending modes applied on that original image. See the dramatic difference!
And there you have it! Now’s your chance to get really creative! Try different modes on your photos and see the difference it makes!
I get a little lonely back here behind your screen and I always LOVE to know if you are reading and what you think! Leave me a quick comment below to let me know if this helped you!
This was my final image. I decided to use the blending mode “linear burn” because I just loved the deep rich colors and moodiness it gave the photo. I wanted it to look edgy and dramatic. In addition to the blending mode change, I also used the Cozy Clicks Perfect Portrait Retouching Photoshop Actions on the subjects on just the above image.