Advanced Photoshop Magazine, January, 2006
"A thorough hands-on set of lessons on the mysteries of one of Photoshop's
most powerful features. Read and learn."
The power of Adobe's flagship application, Photoshop, is legendary. Buried
deep within its palettes, menus, tools, and dialog boxes lie features that
are either so little understood or simply so demanding of time that they
have never had their full potential aired. One of these features, "blending
modes", controls how pixels in an image are affected by combining the image
with the same - or another - image. In itself, a simple enough process.
However, the sheer number and variety of options, and the way different
colours behave when blends are applied, means that it requires endless hours
of trial and error to discover how a particular blending mode - or combination
of blends - will affect an image. And now, with the recent explosion of the
digital photography phenomenon, a whole new variety of image-maker has entered
the Photoshop studio: the digital "art" photographer. These enthusiasts, with
their voracious appetite for creative imagery, demand an easy route into
learning everything that Photoshop has to offer. Amazingly, no book has ever
attempted to exploit and explain the hidden power of this incredible feature
of Photoshop - until now.
The Photoshop Blending Modes Cookbook for Digital Photographers explains
everything there is to know about blending modes - how they work and what they
can be used for - and provides, in a clearly laid out format, hundreds of ready
made recipes for the enthusiast to examine, without having to waste hours on
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