View Full Version : Blending modes - experiments

10-30-2004, 04:16 PM
I don't know how many people have as much trouble as I do figuring out blending modes. I seem incapable of figuring out the logic behind them, so I did a lot of experiments to see the effects and obtain some references. I don't think I've figured out the underlying rules though... at least not yet. Help is always appreciated :)

If anyone else is interested, I'm posting 2 of them here (or trying to - not sure how to do this).

The thumbnails are named by the blending mode. The one called "normal" is the original image, with no blending options selected (ie, normal mode)..

These are my first two experiments. There are two layers - greyscale stripes and greyscale ovals. One has the ovals as the top layer and the other has the stripes as the top layer.

I've also done a version of this with colors, and another set with a color photo and 2 line drawings (same image with black and white inverted). If anyone's interested - and if I can post the images correctly - I'll be happy to add them too.


10-30-2004, 04:18 PM
Oops - it looks like I attached one image twice instead of two different images. Anyway, it's still probably enough to get an idea, and if you want to see more, let me know and I'll try to figure out how to upload this stuff better.

10-30-2004, 10:38 PM
These are nice examples bigblackbox. Nice explanation. I've used blending modes for colouring black and white photos, but as a rule, I find them pretty useless for what I do. I also have a block about them because two elitist illustrators expected me to know about blending modes in Illustrator three months after I started with the application.They use it alot to render boobs and cars. :rolleyes:

Fell free to post more because it's a great reference for a beginner. I might look at it too when I'm doing a project.

10-31-2004, 06:59 AM
This site has some good explanations on what the blending modes do http://www.pegtop.net/delphi/blendmodes/

10-31-2004, 11:50 AM
This site has some good explanations on what the blending modes do http://www.pegtop.net/delphi/blendmodes/

Ouch! That's more information than I needed to know. Of the two types of creative people intuitive and inquisitive I subscribe to the intuitive.
Although I admire people who get to the bottom of things like blends ect. Gosh darn it just takes all the fun out of it.

I've found that after using these programs for years you can pretty much predict a realitive outcome. Here is one sample where numerous blends and opacities have been applied.