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Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Layer Blend Modes

This post is part of a series called Adobe Photoshop in 60 Seconds.
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What You'll Be Creating

Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!

Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Layer Blend Modes

In Adobe Photoshop, you can control the way two layers blend together by incorporating Layer Blend Modes into your workflow. Located in the Layers panel, cycle through each option to open up a variety of design possibilities with a few simple clicks.

From creating cool photo effects to non-destructive photo editing, learn the essentials when working with Layer Blend Modes in this quick video below.

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How to Use Layer Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop

Layer Blend Modes are located at the top of the Layers panel.

The Layers Panel in Adobe Photoshop

To test them out, create a New Layer, and Fill it with any color at 50% Opacity using the Paint Bucket Tool. 

Filling a New Layer with Color with the Paint Bucket Tool

Now, hold the Shift key while pressing the Plus Sign key to cycle through each mode. Notice how they all apply their own distinct changes without damaging the original photograph.

Testing out the Layer Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop

Create easy vignettes with Multiply, beef up the contrast with Overlay, and add texture seamlessly with Divide.

Add Texture with the Divide Layer Blend Mode

Want to see this in action? Check out the video above to see this lesson at work!

A Bit More Detail...

Want to learn more about Adobe Photoshop's vast tools and settings? Check out these tutorials below:

60 Seconds?!

This is part of a new series of quick video tutorials on Tuts+. We're aiming to introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds, just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!

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