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What the heck is Blend if?

In the Layers Styles panel at the bottom of the first tab “Blending Options” is one of the unsung heroes of Photoshop that gets overlooked so often, and I think it is because it seems a little weird or scary… so today i am going to try to eliminate some of the confusion and hopefully give you a reason to take the Blend if sliders for a spin… er… a slide.

“Blend if” works on the amount of tonality the element or its background has according to the sliders. Most of the time you will use it set on gray, but the same principles apply if you change to a different color. The key is how much white, black or shades of gray the element or the background has in it, that will then determine what is blended. (Think of blending as allowing parts of one layer to show through parts of the other.)

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Creating Painterly Light with Blend Modes

Photoshop’s blend modes can be applied in surprising ways to create painterly light, ethereal ambiance, and beautiful luminous accents. In today’s tutorial, we’ll employ a combination of blend mode, filter, and layer style techniques to produce a photo composite that closely resembles a beautiful classical painting.

Images courtesy of Shutterstock (Girl: Copyright SvetlanaFedoseyeva, Background: Copyright Tappasan Phurisamrit)

Step 1: Open a Basic Photo Composite
Open a file with a background layer and a masked subject layer.

Creating Painterly Light with Blend Modes

Step 2: Create a Unifying Painterly Light Layer
Activate the Background layer and press Command-J (PC: Control-J). Drag the layer to the top of the Layers panel.

Creating Painterly Light with Blend Modes

Choose FilterConvert for Smart Filters. Change the blend mode to Multiply. Choose FilterBlurGaussi...

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