Linear Light Blend Mode

(47 customer reviews)


The Linear Light Blend Mode is the most versatile and efficient blend mode in Photoshop.  In this course, you will find out why!


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The Best Blend Mode in the World:  Linear Light

It’s not often we think of a Blend Mode as being the best thing since sliced bread.  But, I gotta tell ya out of all Photoshop’s 28 Blend Modes, there is one that rules them all.  There is one Blend Mode that can handle any task you throw at it with unprecedented results.  It’s NOT Soft Light, it’s Linear Light!

For the last several months I have been documenting every task I have used the Linear Light Blend Mode with and the list is exhaustive!  I found that I use it with everything from Noise Reduction & Sharpening to Color Grading and Dodging and Burning.  Really, there is no other Blend Mode that is quite as versatile.

In this course, I will cover all the ways I use the Linear Light Blend Mode.  I am 100% positive your workflow will change for the better when you start implementing the use of the Linear Light Blend Mode more often.

Included in this course:

129 Minutes of formal education and understanding of advanced techniques using Linear Light in Adobe Photoshop ©
► All follow along images and course resource materials
► 16 Actions for Photoshop
► 20 Page Cheat Sheet and Workbook Notes pages that detail every lesson

You will learn the following:

► The Basics of the Linear Light Blend Mode
► Linear Light Sharpening and Noise Reduction
► Dodging and Burning
►How to Create Light
►Color Dodging, Burning, and Painting
►How to Balance and Grade Color
►Astonishing Glows and Radiance Effects
►Create Micro Contrast quickly and easily
►How to make a Heightened Dynamic Range Effect


47 reviews for Linear Light Blend Mode

  1. Guy (verified owner)

    I watched the course on site, but I like to buy the courses I think I will use a lot so I can have them on hand whenever I need to refresh my memory. This is a course where I can see this happening a lot. It’s a very good course, but I could never remember all the tricks by my self.

  2. garry (verified owner)

    a valuable PS tool I use every day to speed up my workflow

  3. Viliam (verified owner)

    I’m glad I bought this course. I will learn something new in photoshop again. You are the perfect teacher.

  4. Ian (verified owner)

    Brilliant new way of working, very impressed with this course

  5. Jean-Francois (verified owner)

    Even if I’m an Elite member, I like to download everything so I can have access when I’m travelling (which I do a lot). So the download part is great.
    As for the content, as usual it’s fantastic. It could almost be “One Blend Mode to rule them all”. And Blake’s teaching is concise, precise, clear and perfect.

  6. Ronald (verified owner)

    Excellent product and fairly easy to grasp after watching the videos a couple of times. As you say it’s important to experiment and it makes it easier with the actions you provide.

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  8. John (verified owner)

    WOW !! is all I can say about this course. It has opened up for me a range of possibilities for editing my photos that I would have never discovered on my own. Moreover, the presentations were focused and clear. As an educator myself, I can say that you are an excellent teacher. Thank you for sharing your creativity with those of us to strive to improve our artistic skills.

  9. Larry Citra (verified owner)

    You videos for the Linear Light Blend Mode were extremely well done! Some of the info I knew but most of the info was new to me. I had no idea how versatile this Blend Mode could be. The include Actions were “icing” on the cake but knowing the “why and how” from your videos was extremely helpful in their use.

    PS: your MyPanel for actions is a godsend, great idea and super useful!

  10. Richard (verified owner)

    Lots of helpful information on how to use Linear Light to improve you processing.

  11. Robert Lipman (verified owner)

    Very easy to use the actions. Great results. Great tutorials. Well done. Great pricing!

  12. Douglas (verified owner)

    Interesting good tips not found elsewhere. Quality stuff well worth the price. Well explained and useful.

  13. Fu Shan (verified owner)

    It’s useful for me.

  14. Ralph (verified owner)

    I learn bits from here and there – glad I came across this tutorial. Helps me on my dodge and burn.

  15. Sin Wah (verified owner)

  16. Tom (verified owner)

    I have bought a number of products from Blake over the past few years, so I am obviously impressed enough to keep coming back for more! The courses are all very good value and cover the topic in great detail. Blake is both very knowledgeable and an enthusiastic communicator. Ideal qualities in an educator

  17. Riet (verified owner)

    So simple with so much result. Thank you.

  18. charles (verified owner)

    I have found that these actions are my go to photo corrections. Using the Sony A7RIII camera allows me to not require a great deal of correction. Color addition is my biggest concern in correcting a photo! I am happy as a clam with my new found tools from you, Blake!

  19. Dennis Zito (verified owner)

    As usual, Blake hit a home run again!! I use the dodge and burn with Linear Light a lot, but knowing how to use Linear Light for sharpening and noise reduction was a Grand Slam! 🙂

  20. William (verified owner)

  21. John C. (verified owner)

    After carefully following Blake’s video covering Linear Light Blending modes, I realized that I had been ignoring a very powerful blending mode for my solar image processing.

    I purchased the Linear Light Blend Mode and added all of the actions to Photoshop. The download contains a host of videos covering all of the LL Blend Modes and “extras” with tips from Blake… All very informative.

    I’ll add that I use Blake’s MyPanel2 to make applying actions into my workflow a snap. Thanks Blake.

  22. Michael H. (verified owner)

    Practical skills you should have in your tool box!

  23. Rolf (verified owner)

    Very good education for me. Easy to understand and very helpful. Greetings from Germany.

  24. Richard (verified owner)

    Although I’m still watching the videos and experimenting with the example images I’m beginning to understand new ways too modify highlights and shadows in a non-destructive manner.

  25. Charles (verified owner)

    Very instructive.I learned quite a lot.Thank You

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  28. Tim (verified owner)

    Great new perspective for me. Your courses absolutely amaze me. They are so well done and very informative. Plus you are a great teacher. Thanks Blake

  29. christian (verified owner)

  30. William (verified owner)

    Hi Blake: The content is good. I find sometimes it is hard to follow along because in your enthusiasm, you tend to speak quite rapidly. Probably my reaction time. Maybe I need to deploy the gear icon to slow down the pace. So take it for what it’s worth. Regards

  31. vartkes (verified owner)

    Most of us learn that there are at least ‘six different ways’ to accomplish the same task in Photoshop. Do they all produce the identical results? No! There is always a difference in quality, nuance etc. The methods taught in Blake Rudis’ Linear Light Blend Mode course produce results that are excellent yet give total control to the maker! This is important since you will apply these methods at the artistic phase of your creation. At $29 it is a BARGAIN for such wealth of knowledge.

  32. Ron (verified owner)

    This is another one of Blake’s great education tutorials and it just so happens I’m concurrently working my way through his 30 Days to Photoshop Mastery. As he points out experimenting and practice are critical but his explanations and demonstrations are clear. Blake’s Fine Arts and artist background are integral to his overall approach and have awakened a whole new dimension in photography for me which is exciting because I got interested in it back in the 1950’s!

  33. Mike (verified owner)

    This is a game changer when it comes to editing ,and made so much easier with Blake’s actions. You have to study the work that Blake has put in to make it worthwhile. The tutorials supplied are excellent.

  34. Brenda (verified owner)

    I loved this course. I consider myself an advanced Photoshop user so I am always thrilled with Blake comes up with some new technique I haven’t thought about or used. This was a really fun new skill and great course.

  35. Cor van der Linden (verified owner)

    Great Tutorial about this Blend Mode. Learned a lot

  36. JavierMolina (verified owner)

    As expected new subtle doors have been opened by Blake. His way of explaining the subject matter is exactly the way my brain works: clear, to the point and at the right speed.
    Thank you once again, Blake!

  37. Elliot (verified owner)

    LInear LIght Blend Mode is an interesting course. It is likely that many of the editing techniques that Blake teaches can be accomplished by programs that can be used as plug ins in Photoshop. However, such programs add tremendous size to your files and thus editing can become slower as more layers are added. Moreover, such additional programs are expensive. Consequently, learning to edit using Linear Light Blend Mode is advantageous. The techniques are well illustrated and easy to implement. Moreover, Blake includes his actions which can be easily installed and run as desired. The cost of the course is considerably less than the cost of the additional programs and in the long run will save both time and money.

  38. Nico (verified owner)

    Nice stuff

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  40. John (verified owner)

    This course gave me another valuable tool to add to my artistic kit. It was very informative, understandable, and actionable. I was able to put it to use in my workflow.

  41. Dirk (verified owner)

    best 3 products that i ever bought for my photography ie zone system 6 palette effects and blend modes better than plugins which gives me everything in ps without the need to invoke an other program for better results

  42. Ken J. (verified owner)

    A wonderful explanation of a complicated subject. I can better use the ps blend modes

  43. Bill Polkinhorn (verified owner)

    I highly recommend this course to anyone who desires to enhance a photograph. This Linear Light Blend Mode class is not just another way to enhance a photograph that you would be able to possibly find in other software. The results that can be obtained with this methodology are truly unique (and impressive!). Additionally, the instruction is clear as a bell. The course offers ‘actions’ which will execute the steps involved in the various applications that are discussed in the course – however, as I said, the instruction is so clear that the actions, though certainly helpful, are not really needed. I would say that some minimal experience with photoshop would be very helpful in navigating this course. As an aside, over the years I have taken quite a few photoshop courses. If I had to do it over again, I would have taken the photoshop course offered by f.64 due to thoroughness and clarity that is a hallmark of all of the f.64 instructional materials.

  44. Gary (verified owner)

    I love these deep dive mini courses.

    They provide a much deeper understanding than the initial 30 Days of Photoshop course does although the initial course is great to get started with.

    Default nicely taking my Photoshop skills to the next level and I can refer to them at any point in the future.

    Thank you Mr. Rudis.

  45. Alyson (verified owner)

    The enthusiasm expressed by Blake in his videos is a big motivator to improve my understanding of the power of Photoshop in my photo editing.

  46. Rolf (verified owner)

    I found several new ways to use the various blend modes in my post processing.

  47. Joyce Merritt (verified owner)

    I’m giving a high rating even though have not begun this program. Thanks Blake for the deep dive nature of your classes lately. This is exactly what I’m looking for. The use of valid test images like tonal and color wheel and actually testing your concepts is invaluable to me.

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