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Layer Blend Modes



Understanding Layer Blend Modes - Beginners Plus
Written For Paint Shop Pro 7 8 9 X
Paint Shop Pro XI X2 X3 X4 X5 X6 X7 X8 X9
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PaintShop Pro X9

                    PSP X XI X2 X3
                                         Photo PSP X4/X5/X6/X7/X8

PSP 7

PSP 8 and 9

Layer Blend Modes are powerful, easy to employ, and fun to play with; they work by mixing - or blending, an image’s colours (pixels) with the colours of the image directly beneath it in the Layers palette. 

Note
To be able to utilise Layer Blend Modes, your image must contain at least two layers; in addition, your image must be 8 Bits. To increase/decrease your image’s colours; from the top menu; choose Colours/Image then choose Increase, or Decrease Colour Depth - then choose RGB - 8 bits/channel.



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In this tutorial I demonstrate how Blend Modes work; to work along, you are welcome to download the Daffodil image HereUnzip the file and open the image onto Paint Shop Pro’s workspace.



PaintShop Pro X9

Note
If you cannot see your Layers palette, either tap your L or F8 key, depending on your Paint Shop Pro version.

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Activate the Daffodil image by left-clicking its upper menu bar. Now, if you look at your Layers palette, you will notice the Layer has been automatically assigned the name
Background

Paint Shop Pro 7


Paint Shop Pro 8 and 9


       Paint Shop Pro X XI X2 X3 Paint Shop Pro X2/X3 Photo PSP X4/X5 & X6 X7

PaintShop Pro X9

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From the left-side Tools Toolbar, activate the Text Tool, and set the Create as to Vector.

                                              

Paint Shop Pro 7



Paint Shop Pro 8 9 X XI X2 X3 X4 X5 X6 X7 X8 X9



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Then from the Colour/Materials palette, set the Background colour to Solid Red.

                                                  

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And apply your text over the daffodil image. Your image and Layers palette will then resemble the following.

                PSP X XI  X2 +

PSP X4 X5 X6 X7 X8 X9

PSP 7


PSP 8 And 9


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Because the text has been applied onto its own layer, and is positioned above the daffodil image, you are able to alter the text’s Blend Mode. To do so, from the Layers palette, ensure the text layer is active, (highlighted), then left-click the following black triangle. 







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After clicking the black triangle, you will see the following drop-down list of Blend Modes.







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By default, Blend Modes are set to Normal; this means, they have no influence over your image’s pixels, and your photograph will display its true colours. However, if for example, you were to change the Blend Mode from Normal to Exclusion - your red text would then blend with the coloured pixels from the daffodil’s layer beneath it, and would change to the following. Notice how the text’s red colour is reacting uniquely to the yellow and pale blue pixels underneath; and is therefore blending independently. 

                 





Quickly Scroll Through All Of The Blend Mode Choices PSP 8 9 X XI X2 X3 X4 X5 X6 X7 X8 X9 Photo To quickly scroll through all of the Blend Mode choices; first highlight a Blend Mode, in the usual manner: then, whilst a Blend Mode is highlighted, immediately rotate your mouse’s Scroll Wheel. Moving the Scroll Wheel upwards or downwards, navigates through the available Blending Modes: the different Blend Modes are then displayed on your workspace’s image.

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My daffodil and text demonstration presents Blend Modes in their simplest form; to discover the true potential of Blend Modes - open two different photographs onto Paint Shop Pro’s workspace, and
Copy and Paste one image on top of the other (to create a multiple layered image), then play with different Blend Modes; bearing in mind, Blend Modes will always react uniquely - depending on the Blend Mode you choose, and the photographs you are blending. The Exclusion Blend Mode I utilised with my text works by subtracting the top layer’s colours from the colours of the underlying layer.

The following dramatic blend was created by pasting a highly textured image onto a photograph; the top layer’s Blend Mode was then changed to Vivid Light.

To get the most from Layer Blend Modes; take a little time to familiarise yourself with their principles - and discover for yourself how to create unique artwork, with minimum effort.

Opacity Slider
Altering the Layer’s Opacity slider adds another dimension to Blend Modes; making them softer - or harder, depending on the Opacity’s percentage.





 



9/ Blend Modes And Their Function


Normal
Displays pixels of underlying layers based on the opacity of pixels on the selected layer. If data is fully opaque, no pixels show through. As the opacity decreases, more pixels from underlying layers show through.

Darken
Displays pixels in the selected layer that are darker than the underlying layers. Pixels lighter than the underlying layers disappear.

Lighten
Displays pixels in the selected layer that are lighter than the underlying layers. Pixels darker than the underlying layers disappear.

Hue
Applies the hue of the selected layer to the underlying layers without changing the saturation or
lightness. This blend mode was introduced in Paint Shop Pro 8, and is an improvement on the original Hue blend mode Hue (Legacy).

Hue Legacy
This blend mode was first introduced in version 5 of Paint Shop Pro, and functions similarly to the Hue blend mode. It is retained for the sake of compatibility with older versions of Paint Shop Pro.

Saturation
Applies the saturation of the selected layer to the underlying layers without affecting the hue or lightness. This blend mode was introduced in Paint Shop Pro 8, and is an improvement on the original Hue blend mode Saturation (Legacy).

Saturation Legacy
This blend mode was first introduced in version 5 of Paint Shop Pro, and functions similarly to the Saturation blend mode. It is retained for the sake of compatibility with older versions of Paint Shop Pro.


Colour
Applies the hue and saturation of the selected layer to the underlying layers (without affecting the lightness). This blend mode was introduced in Paint Shop Pro 8, and is an improvement on the original Colour blend mode Colour (Legacy).

Colour Legacy
This blend mode was first introduced in version 5 of Paint Shop Pro, and functions similarly to the Colour blend mode. It is retained for the sake of compatibility with older versions of Paint Shop Pro.

Luminance
Applies the luminance (or lightness) of the selected layer to the underlying layers (without affecting the hue or saturation). This blend mode was introduced in Paint Shop Pro 8, and is an improvement on the original Luminance blend mode Luminance (Legacy).

Luminance legacy
This blend mode was first introduced in version 5 of Paint Shop Pro, and functions similarly to the Luminance blend mode. It is retained for the sake of compatibility with older versions of Paint Shop Pro.

Multiply
Combines the colours of the selected layer with the underlying layers to produce a darker colour. Multiplying any colour with black produces black. Multiplying any colour with white leaves the colour unchanged.

Screen
Lightens the colours of underlying layers by multiplying the inverse of the selected and underlying layers. The result is a colour that is the same or a lightened version of the selected layer.

Dissolve
Randomly replaces the colours of some pixels on the selected layer with those of the underlying layers to create a speckled effect. The selected layer’s opacity determines the number of pixels replaced; the lower the opacity, the more pixels that are replaced.

Overlay
Combines the Multiply and Screen blend modes. If the colour channel value of underlying layers is less than half the maximum value, the Multiply blend mode is used. If the colour channel value is greater than or equal to half the value, the Screen blend mode is used. The Overlay blend mode shows patterns or colours of the selected layer while preserving the shadows and highlights of underlying layers.

Hard Light
Combines the Multiply and Screen blend modes. If the colour channel value of the selected layer is less than 128, the Multiply blend mode is used. If the colour channel value is greater than or equal to 128, the Screen blend mode is used. In general, use the Hard Light blend mode to add highlights or shadows.

Soft Light
Combines the Burn and Dodge blend modes. If the colour channel value of the selected layer is less than 128, the Burn blend mode is used. If the colour channel value is greater than or equal to 128, the Dodge blend mode is used. In general, use the Soft Light blend mode to add soft highlights or shadows.

Difference
Subtracts the selected layer’s colour from the colour of the underlying layers.

Dodge
Lightens the image by having the lightness values of the colours in the selected layer lighten the colours of underlying layers. Light colours produce the most lightening; black has no effect.

Burn
Darkens the image by having the lightness values of the selected layer reduce the lightness of underlying layers.

Exclusion
Creates an effect similar to but softer than the Difference blend mode.




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