Save Tons of Time By Using Popular Blend Mode Tricks

The old adage is true: time is money. Using inefficient design techniques makes for slow work, which in turn results in fewer clients, a lower hourly rate, and a portfolio with fewer impressive projects. Knowing time-​​saving tricks can have a subtle but enormously positive effect on your work and your career.

There are always multiple ways to accomplish the same goal in Photoshop; many of them can be achieved by using blend mode tricks. There are very few projects that couldn’t benefit from a few minutes of blend mode brilliance; what you achieve in ten ordinary Photoshop actions can often be done in just two or three steps using filters and blend modes. Here are some popular tricks for using blend mode tricks to save you time and garner great results.

Sharpen Your Image

You aren’t stuck with the sharpening filter as your only sharpening tool. You can use the following quick trick to have a little more control over sharpening your images. You can download the sample image below here.


Hit Command/​Ctrl + “J” to duplicate the layer. Then, go to “Filter” > “Other” > “High Pass.” This filter is good for detecting edges, which will help us sharpen our image, giving crisper contrast across the whole canvas. The amount of sharpening applied depends on several factors: the resolution of your image, and how defined the image is to begin with. I set the radius to around 2.5 pixels. Continue…

The Essential Guide to Blend Modes in Photoshop

Photoshop may have started as a Photographer’s tool, but it’s evolved into a versatile creativity catalyst. You can build fantastic images from scratch, blend images together, correct colors, and achieve just about anything else imaginable. Blending images and textures together isn’t always an easy thing to do; Sometimes you can’t convincingly meld images together, and you can’t always rely on simple techniques like opacity or layer styles. But, blend modes can help you design dazzling effects and beautiful imagery where other methods fail.

Blend modes change the way that an image within a layer reacts to the images in the layers below it. Many times, you can choose the right blend mode and save yourself from the tedium of erasing of masking out unwanted parts of an image. This strictly depends on the contents of each image — both the top layer and the ones underneath.

Understanding how each blend mode works will help you to understand when to use certain blend modes to achieve the results you want. Our sample image can be found here. We will apply different approaches to each image to help you understand what each blend mode does. Continue…

Touching up a male portrait in Photoshop

Touching up a male portrait in Photoshop

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This photo retouching tutorial will show you how to keep your retouched images clean and realistic.

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Need ideas for editing portraits in Photoshop

Need ideas for editing your studio portraits?

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Retouch a Bland Model Portrait in Photoshop | Psdtuts+
In this tutorial, we will add makeup, repair flaws, and add drama to a bland model portrait.

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How to Read and Use Histograms

Histograms reveal the amount of lights and darks in your image using a graph or curve

The histogram is a useful but often misunderstood tool your camera provides to help you get the correct exposure on your images. In this article I’m going we’re going to look at how to read it, and use it to your advantage to help you do just that. Getting the best exposure (there is not such thing as the “correct” exposure, as it’s all subjective, we’ll talk about this more later) in camera should be your goal every time you click the shutter. Using these tips should help you increase your success rate.

What is a histogram anyway?
Dictionary definition: A bar graph of a frequency distribution in which the widths of the bars are proportional to the classes into which the variable has been divided and the heights of the bars are proportional to the class frequencies.

HUH?! Anyone else confused? But what does it do? How do you read it? Let’s have a look!

How to read the histogram
A histogram is a graphical representation of the pixels exposed in your image. The left side of the graph represents the blacks or shadows, the right side represents the highlights or bright areas, and the middle section is mid-tones (middle or 18% grey). How high the peaks reach represent the number of pixels in that particular tone. Each tone from 0-255 (o being black and 255 being white) is one pixel wide on the graph, so imagine the histogram as a bar graph all squished together with no spaces between each bar.

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How to Transition from Photoshop to InDesign – DesignFestival

Each program in the Creative Suite by Adobe has crossover, but each of the programs- Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, etc- has particular strengths as well.

Which program to use- Photoshop, Illusrator, InDesign

As designers, we have favorite programs where we feel we can express our ideas best with the tools that are offered, but there will be times when a particular projects demands that we stretch our wings and use the program we feel the least comfortable in because it offers the necessary features to best complete the assignment.

See the article below written on Design Festival by Tara Hornor for her thoughts on jumping ship and transitioning into InDesign.

Why Switch at All?

First thing’s first, why do you feel the need to switch over to InDesign in the first place? In most cases, you’ve been handed a project by a client that is in the .indd file format. Or, maybe you’re latest project is a multi-page publication.

InDesign allows you to define a layout and then gives writers the ability to change up the content on the fly without destroying your well-designed layout. Sure, you can try to design a 12-page publication in Photoshop, but you can be sure of one thing — the editors are going to come in at the last minute and want a bunch of new content added or cut out. This can completely change your layout and which text flows from one page to the next.

InDesign is going to be your best bet if you want to have quick control of the global document without having to mess with multiple documents in Photoshop.

Easy to Switch

Photoshop and InDesign are produced by Adobe, and over the last few years they’ve done a good job of making the two systems talk to each other. Adobe has gone out of their way to make the interface between Photoshop and InDesign as similar as possible. In short, you can generally open up InDesign and know what you’re dealing with pretty quickly. There are some software-specific tools, but nothing you can’t figure out by clicking around or doing a quick search for.

How to Transition from Photoshop to InDesign – DesignFestival.

Photoshopping Ads – Ethics

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In an interesting move that should finally bring the United States’ fast-and-loose advertising rules and regulations into line with the UK and EU, the National Advertising Division (NAD) — the advert…

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MET exhibit of photo manipulation before the digital age

What do you think the purpose of each of these was? What did the artist want you to see?

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Photo Manipulations Before the Digital Age (15 pics) – Fishki.Net | Fishka’s picture
While digital photography and image-editing software have brought about an increased awareness of the degree to which camera images can be manipulated, the practice of doctoring photographs has existe…

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