7 essential Photoshop Blend Mode tips and tricks

Mastering Photoshop's extensive toolset is no easy feat, despite the amount of brilliant Photoshop tutorials now available. But once you've got the hang of them, they seriously simplify the life of a digital artist. 

For this article, we're going to focus on Photoshop's Blend Modes. So, whether you’re dodging and burning, hand-painting or portrait‑toning, Blend Modes can play a part and make the job much easier. Here are seven of the best techniques...

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James Paterson

James Paterson is an expert in all aspects of the photographic process, from capture to post-processing. He has contributed to numerous photography publications, including Digital Camera, Amateur Photographer, PhotoPlus and NPhoto, and his work has also appeared in Computer Arts magazine as well as several books. He is the editor of Practical Photoshop magazine, and has a well-deserved reputation as an authority on all things Photoshop-related.