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October '20

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8 6 G R A P H I C S P R O O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G T H E D I G I T A L E Y E Soft Light—Darkens or lightens the colors, depend- ing on the blend color. The effect is similar to shining a diffused spotlight on the im- age. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened as if it were dodged. If the blend color is darker than 50% gray, the image is darkened as if it were burned in. Painting with pure black or white produces a distinctly darker or lighter area, but does not result in pure black or white. Hard Light—Multiplies or screens the colors, depend- ing on the blend color. The effect is similar to shining a harsh spotlight on the im- age. If the blend color (light source) is lighter than 50% gray, the image is lightened, as if it were screened. This is use- Figure 5. The effect of each blend mode of a similar image on a blue background. Figure 4. The blend modes are divided into five catego- ries on the Layers panel in Photoshop. Figure 6. Stacking layers and experimenting with various blend modes can produce unusual, dramatic color relationships.

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