• UP and DOWN Arrow Keys toggle between different blend modes once one is selected to give a live view of the effect.


  • Remember that Blending Modes apply both to Layers and brushes.


  • Comprehensive - 01***, 02, 03 (***), 
  • Colour Versus Luminosity Blend Modes by f64 Academy - Article, YouTube,

The Blending Modes

  • Pass Through - This is the default Blending Mode for a Group when it is created. It causes effects in that group to apply to layers below it. If this is changed to Normal, then the group becomes totally self contained, so that things like clipping masks may no longer be needed. 01,
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  • Normal - The default mode.
  • Dissolve
  • ------------- These darken the image
  • Darken
  • Multiply - Everything that is white becomes transparent, and black remains.
  • Colour Burn - See Dodge and Burn
  • Linear Burn
  • Darken Colour
  • ------------- These lighten the image
  • Lighten - Lets things that are lighter show up from the layers below. 
  • Screen
  • Colour Dodge - See Dodge and Burn
  • Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Lighter Colour
  • ------------- These increase contrast
  • Overlay - Deletes everything that is 50% grey. Painting with black or white removes greys.
  • Soft Light - A softer effect
  • Hard Light - A harder effect and can change colours.
  • Vivid Light
  • Linear Light
  • Pin Light
  • Hard Mix
  • ------------- These only appear in certain modes - 
  • Add
  • Subtract
  • Difference
  • Exclusion
  • Subtract
  • Divide
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  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Colour - Tends to make an interesting image dull and boring and just more like the colour because it affects luminosity and saturation as well. (Phlearn)
  • Luminosity - Good for adjusting the luminosity of individual colours or tone ranges when used with Blending Modes such as Black and White and Selective Colour. 


Adjusting Blending Modes with the Opacity/Fill Sliders

  • See the article Opacity and Fill.
  • Many Blending Modes appear to be unusable when applied at full Opacity, and using the Opacity Slider reduces the effect.
  • The Fill Slider usually has the same effect, however, in some Blending Modes it has a different effect.
  • The Blend Mode Slider You Never Used - Video by PiXimperfect

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