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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 0 J U L Y G R A P H I C S P R O 6 7 BLENDING OPTIONS The Layer Style dialog box has a rather complex feature that affects the relation- ship of content on consecutive layers (Fig- ure 10). General Blending simply controls the opacity and the blend mode of the lay- er. Advanced Blending is more extensive. These options modify the way layer styles and blend modes interact with layers. The Advanced Options are pretty complex and require a broad knowledge of terminology and color manipulation. Space prohibits their inclusion here, so I will defer their description to a future article. BLEND IF Blend If is another advanced blending technique found at the bottom of the Blend Options panel. This feature con- trols the relationship of red, green, and blue pixel data on consecutive layers. Dragging the black slider on the This Layer ramp with the red channel selected, for example, reduces the red values in each pixel and displays the pixels on the under- lying layer. The position of the slider de- termines the pixel's brightness value that will be made invisible. STYLE POWER It's hard to imagine what our workflow would be like without layer styles, not to mention what our images might look like. This powerful feature instantly applies the coolest effects that look realistic and en- hance any image. Layer styles work on any layer content and add another dimension to images. Try adding layer styles to type for interesting 3D character effects or to any layer content for eye-popping results. I'll repeat one more time that owing to the infinite possibilities that can be creat- ed, experimentation is the best way to re- alize the potential of layer styles to achieve the most extraordinary results. GP STEPHEN ROMANIELLO is an artist and educa- tor, teaching digital art at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, for more than 30 years. He is a certified instructor in Adobe Photoshop and the author of numerous books and articles on the cre- ative use of digital graphics software. Steve is the founder of GlobalEye Systems, a company that offers training and consulting in digital graphics software and creative imaging. Figure 10: The Layer Styles dialog box has a rather complex feature called Blending Options that affects the relationship of content on con- secutive layers. Figure 7: To apply an outline as an effect to the edge of the image, choose Stroke. Figure 8: Satin produces the effect of light and shadow bouncing off a satiny surface. Figure 9: To apply the new style to another lay- er's content, go to Window>Styles to display the Styles menu.

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