Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Hello Shabby Shoppe readers! This is Rosy, here to talk (write) about a favorite little trick of mine involving blending modes in Photoshop; more specifically, the Soft Light blending mode. This is by far the blend mode that I use the most! Actually, I would be satisfied if there were only two blending modes in PSE as long as they were Soft Light and Multiply! :)
So what do I do with the Soft Light blending mode? First, let’s talk about what this blend mode does. Soft Light will multiply the dark tones and screen the light tones, so any blacks will become a darker version of the background color and whites will become a lighter version of the background color. There are many uses for this in photo editing, but on scrapbook paper this is what it will look like.
I often use this on fonts and brushwork to get a softer look; but that’s not all! This works well to make your own tone-on-tone papers. Sometimes you have a beautiful solid paper that needs just a little pattern for a finished look to your page. Here’s one way to add some pattern to your paper.
(note: these instructions are shown in Photoshop Elements 9)
1. Open a solid (or almost solid) paper and a paper that has the pattern that you’d like to add.
2. Layer the patterned paper on top of the solid paper.
3. Convert the patterned paper to black and white using whatever method you prefer. (I usually adjust it to have more contrast.)
4. With your patterned paper selected, go to the drop down box with blending modes and select Soft Light.
Now your paper has a tone-on-tone pattern!
You can lower the opacity or duplicate the patterned layer, depending on the look you want. Another option is to invert the black and white layer. It’s a great way to stretch your stash of digital papers and use SP’s beautiful patterned papers with any color palette!
Here is a page that I’ve scrapped using this trick. The background paper and the purple patterned paper have been blended and the title and date both have the Soft Light blend mode applied as well!
Thank you for stopping in at the Shabby Shoppe blog and I hope you find this trick useful!
Tomorrow Kylie will be here with the projectSCRAP July templates for us!