Blend modes are one of the most misunderstood and thus overlooked features of Photoshop and getting to grips with them is essential if you want to take advantage of all that Photoshop has to offer. Come and learn how to harness the power of blend modes in a practical way as Photoshop expert Elaine Giles guides you through the concepts with plenty of easy to understand examples.

Date and Time

16 January 2014, 20:00 GMT


Elaine Giles


Scooby Doo Difference Blend Mode

We had a great turnout for this month’s event with attendees flocking in from all four corners of the globe for Elaine’s demo of how to use Blend Modes in Photoshop.

On a technical level, blend modes are some sort of mathematical equational magic that Photoshop performs (at least that’s what I got from it). No it wasn’t a maths lesson, but under the covers, that’s what they are. Every pixel has a numerical value based on its colour and as long as you have at least two layers, the blend mode is the result of an interaction between the two corresponding pixels on the layers.

There are lots of different blend modes such as difference, multiply, lighten and darken. Elaine’s demos included a nuclear winter, me (!!), a wedding photo, a wanted poster and Scooby Doo. Everyone in the chatroom had great fun trying to guess which blend modes she was going to be using for each demo.

If you want to know more, you’ll have to watch the video (see below).

A couple of late-comers were amazed to discover that the YouTube Live Event stream could be wound back during the event so they could catch up and still live chat in Adobe Connect … true learning on demand where the learner is in charge.

Wanted Poster - Blend Modes

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a fun evening and we hope to see you next month when the topic is creating Cooler Colours with Adobe Kuler