TheFIX 064: Photoshop Blend Modes with Scott Valentine

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Photoshop Blend Modes with Scott Valentine

In this episode of TheFIX, digital artist and Photoshop author Scott Valentine joins host Seán Duggan for a deep dive into Photoshop blend modes. Scott discusses the process of experimentation and creative play that he uses to really understand what goes on under the hood when certain blend modes are used. These creative experiments led to his book The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop, as well as the follow-up volume The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop (both from Adobe Press). His background in science and theater inform both the technical aspects of his Photoshop explorations as well as the creative paths that those explorations eventually lead to. In this episode, Scott shares some demos that include some of the color gradient “proving ground” files that he frequently uses to figure out how a blend mode is affecting the color and luminance values in an image. He also shows how certain blend modes can be used to enhance a glamour or portrait image, as well as create an elegant and fantastical image by using a blend mode with the clone stamp tool to clone from one image to another.

About This Week’s Guest

Scott Valentine is an experimenter at heart. His education includes physics and theater, and he’s spent over a decade learning the intricacies of Adobe Photoshop. Through years of community involvement, Scott has developed a unique approach to sharing knowledge that relies on building a deep understanding of core concepts. His monthly column in Photoshop User magazine, Photoshop Proving Ground,  as well as both of his most recent books give readers insight into Photoshop’s inner workings. Exploration and an attitude of “try it and see” keep Scott moving forward with digital art, which he loves to share with others. Keep up with Scott online at http://scoxel.com/m.

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Scott’s website: scoxel.com    |    The Hidden Power of Blend Modes in Photoshop
The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Photoshop


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Where’s Seán?

Lynda.com recently published Seán’s two new Photoshop Compositing Project courses: Photoshop Cinemagraph Tutorial: Start to Finish and Shooting & Assembling a Sports Action Composite. On July 18th he’ll be working with Adobe’s Russell Preston Brown to present a Photoshop World pre-conference workshop Le Cirque Photographique: A Mobile Photography Creative Workshop. Check out his website to learn more about his photography, workshops, and all of his Lynda.com courses.

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