I guess most old hands on Photoshop will know all about Blend Modes. But I have used it for a couple of years and never really touched these useful tools. I would not class myself as an expert but I thought I could do most things I needed with other tools.
Today however I finally found a book which explains what they do and how to use them. I have been playing with these for a while since returning home and thought I would post a few of the results. I have yet to really get to know them but at least I have an idea of what they will do - or at least some of them. I will be working on getting a better understanding and maybe pass some of my learning on in this blog.
So lets take a simple photograph of Kennilworth Castle, it leaves a lot to be desired; quite flat and little contrast / colour even though the day was reasonably sunny.
Now after copying the background to provide a second layer (drag background to the new layer icon) select the blend mode for the new layer and choose overlay.
The result is a much more lively image.
Now this could be have been achieved by using the IMAGE/ADJUST/ ... menu and going through the brightness/contrast and maybe compensating for colour; but it will take much longer.
Now without giving any details, here are a few effects (I will give the blend mode of the copied layer. All were done in a similar manner. Again, there are many ways of achieving the same thing in PS; use whichever works for you but I know I have found these to be very useful.
Here I used vivid light mode, the shadows are rather deep but good for effect.
Exlusion mode was used here, although other edits were made to the image as well.
This was a combination of effects, so I am not going to name just one of them.
I have enjoyed playing with these effects, and as I said may post some other results of my plaaying around with them. Definitely adds another string to the photographers bow.
Oh, for the record, the book I am referring to is PHOTOSHOP Blending Modes Cookery Book by John Beardsworth published by ILEX Digital Studio. I have no affiliate connections with the author or publisher.