In this quick tutorial we show you some of the special photo effects you can create in Photoshop by mixing different images together using Blend modes.
The Blend mode drop-down menu that sits near the top-left corner of the Photoshop Layers panel is a powerful addition to the Photoshop user’s toolbox.
By changing the Blend mode of a layer, you can alter the way it interacts with the layers beneath it. This enables you to blend layers for creative effect, such as using an abstract texture to age an image.
The image above was tinted and aged using a Hard Light Blend mode to mix the colours and tones of a rusty metallic texture with a butterfly collage.
We also used the Lighten Blend mode to add a hint of fog to the canal background.
There are 27 Blend modes in total and we’ve applied each one to the same butterfly layer to show how it mixes the butterfly layer with the texture layer below – read on for a full breakdown of the 27 different effects.