Linear Light Blend Mode

(100 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


100 reviews for Linear Light Blend Mode

  1. Guy Zimmerman (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 f. (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. MR I S JENNER (verified owner)

    Brilliant new way of working, very impressed with this course

  5. Jean-Francois B. (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 MacDonald (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.

  7. Bert Jenkins (verified owner)

  8. John Alvarez (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 F. (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 S. (verified owner)

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

  13. FuShan Un (verified owner)

    It’s useful for me.

  14. Ralph Lyle (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 Tan (verified owner)

  16. Tom Wall (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 van den Berg (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. Bill Keane (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 Olson (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 Smirnoff (verified owner)

    Very instructive.I learned quite a lot.Thank You

  26. Anonymous (verified owner)

  27. Peter Bushby (verified owner)

  28. Tim C. (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 pharaboz (verified owner)

  30. William Lewis (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 B. (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. Michael Groarke (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. Javier Molina (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 D. (verified owner)

    Nice stuff

  39. Solvi Bragason (verified owner)

  40. John H. (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 Uys (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 Simms (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 Södergren (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.

  48. Rolf Schütz (verified owner)

    Didn’t know that so much could be done with it.
    Hope you continue like this.
    Greetings Rolf

  49. Ken Wilkes (verified owner)

    I dodge and burn a lot with my black and white images. This is very useful.

  50. Thomas Ford (verified owner)

    Blake hit a very long home run with his Linear Light course. Without a doubt the best $29 I’ve spent on a Ps course. This course along with Blake’s Palette Effects panel and what he has taught me about the use of gradients, fill layers, masking, color theory and blend-if has moved my photography well beyond my wildest dreams.

  51. Kirsty M. (verified owner)

    Hey Blake

    Just wanted to let you know that I’m LOVING the One Blend Mode to rule them all!! – I’ve not finished it yet, because I keep breaking off for extended plays, but I’m having loads of “oh wow!” moments.

    Thanks you so much!!

  52. Larry Buckley (verified owner)

    Training was pretty good, as usual though it is a fire-hose full of information and practice is how you learn the techniques. The included actions are helpful and they are getting used however sometimes it’s just easier to manually add the layers for the desired technique. All in all – well worth the expenditure.

  53. Elias Dib (verified owner)

    As I have come to expect from Blake, this is absolutely perfect !!

  54. Richard Perry (verified owner)

    Blake, as always, gives a very lucid account of the benefits of the approach he is advocating. Not only that, he explains the process and rationale in simple steps. On top of it all, he adds value for money with ready made actions.

    The Linear Light mode is not one that springs immediately to mind when trying to dodge and burn or colour grade, yet Blake makes the case very well and shows how to utilise this most versatile of blend modes

  55. Brad Ede (verified owner)

    Blake once again you have amazed me with your knowledge and willingness to share with others.

  56. Robert Nachman (verified owner)

  57. Martin R. (verified owner)

    We like to think we know most of it by now but Blake always seems to bring out some hidden gems to prove that it doesn’t pay to be a know-it-all.
    Thanks for the insights Blake, you’ve opened up PS a bit more for me.

  58. Pauli (verified owner)

    Hi Blake, last days I worked out the Linear Light course on different photo’s.
    It makes me happy and eager to experiment. It feels this is all I need. And of course I know that is not through, because the horizon is always expanding, but it feels like that.
    This comment I am writing half way looking to your webinar about the IP² Presets and Profiles. Right this moment I am half way the webinar (I missed the live event) and actually I had the idea that I do not need the profiles and presets after the Linear Light course. But I understand now the benefit of the combination. I’ll finish the webinar and will decide. And I hope I can transfer and explain my enthusiasm and understanding, because I am not the only one who is deciding (:
    Thanks Blake

  59. Madalyn (verified owner)

    Every course Blake offers is terrific. This course opened a whole new way of editing in Photoshop that is both unique and effective. Without this course, I would never have explored –or learned– how effective the linear light mode could be. Thanks, Blake!

  60. carlos eastman (verified owner)

    very effective!

  61. Charles Fleischman (verified owner)

    Wow! This program, together with the videos makes all the difference in my work. It’s great, Thanks

  62. Juan R. (verified owner)

    This is an excellent course that expands one’s knowledge of Photoshop and improves one’s workflow. Blake’s explanation of the material is crystal clear, as always. Highly recommend this course to anyone. Thanks Blake for expanding our photographic horizons and possibilities!

  63. Edward Sadler (verified owner)

    For me the Linear Light Blend Mode technique provides a more subtle control method of editing an image rather than the Photoshop tools. Highly recommended.

  64. Claudio Guarnieri (verified owner)

    The course I bought (Linear Light Blend Mode) is really very helpful. I learned really a lot. Thanks Blake

  65. Don Waters (verified owner)

    Excellent tutorials as always. Using Linear Light in all my edits now!

  66. François Dewit (verified owner)

    Everything is always explained clearly with the necessary examples.

    Greetings from Belgium

  67. John Van Winkle (verified owner)

    The Linear Light Blend Mode, along with Blake’s clear and understandable tutorials, has given me another fine tool from f.64 to use in my workflow. Can’t thank you enough for your enthusiasm and generous sharing of knowledge!

  68. Grant K. (verified owner)

    I’m a long way from being a photoshop guru (nothing’s changed there) but Blake’s explanations and work through examples has given me a much better understanding of Linear Light mode to the point that it’s a process I can now tackle with confidence knowing I’ll get the results I want.

  69. jean – francois renard (verified owner)

    dommage qu’il ni ait pas de sous titre, sinon= ok

  70. Ton Carnas (verified owner)

    INDEED THE BEST BLEND MODE THERE IS. Really interesting insights and tips and a complete course. Thanks very much Blake for sharing this with all the extras. I learned a lot of this course.

  71. Wilfried Weijnsbergen van (verified owner)

    so easy to use, works great

  72. Hali Sowle (verified owner)

    A great course! Interesting, informative and oh so helpful! Blake knows how to explain things so that you get the right amount of knowledge from the start then helps you build on it with more in-depth examples and training. Thank you!

  73. Josep Galera Garcia (verified owner)

    Hello Blake
    Sorry if there is an error in this translation that is mechanized with Google, due to ignorance of your language.
    I am a long time follower, and as such I have enjoyed “Photoshop actions” that you have sometimes given us, I like your system, but by ignorance of your language I was remade to try your courses until…
    Qude surprised by the easy and intuitive (maybe I have lost some detail) course “Linear Light Blend Mode” really a wonder, with spectacular results, I like. I am very pleased with this course, so much so…
    Now I have bought your course “Palette, Effects III Mode” now I am experimenting and it costs me a little more, it is not the same, but it has nothing to do. maybe because of the language I miss some “trick” but I recommend all of them, I am disafrutando a lot a lot.

  74. Dereck (verified owner)

    Your work fantastic. very inspirational, and a great purchase, have since viewed a number of your instructional videos, time well spent.

  75. noel Kelly (verified owner)

  76. Serge G. (verified owner)

    Hi Blake, I’m very satisfied. The different ways to use the linear blend mode are very useful and efficient. You give me always the possibility to improve my workflow in ACR and Photoshop. Thank you and please go on.

  77. John William Mills (verified owner)

    Very useful and a great addition to my tool box – much appreciated.

  78. Tony W. (verified owner)

  79. Cormac O’Connell (verified owner)

  80. Ruthann Greene (verified owner)

    Blake’s products are wonderful and it amazes me how much I learn from them.

  81. Anthony Kelly (verified owner)

    Just a short note of appreciation for the lessons. I was learning so much from the YouTube lessons for free that I didn’t think there would be any point in buying lessons. I was downloading all the free actions as well so I thought I really should see what the tutorials offer. I was not disappointed, the lessons are another level deeper into photoshop.
    I will be buying more in the future for sure.

  82. Mike D. (verified owner)

    Always something to learn from Blake and his linear light blend modes are superb. The video lessons and examples are explicit, explaining the fundamentals of the accompanying actions included with course.

  83. Cor van der Linden (verified owner)

    Great Course. Very useful

  84. Neville Steer (verified owner)

    So impressed with the educational package by Blake on the Linear Light Blend Mode. Expertly explained with practice files included. Can highly recommend this.

  85. Salvatore Grasso (verified owner)

    I absolutely love it, well done the course is a pro.
    I like that you go straight to the point and not just talking and talking and talking.
    I will certainly do some more business with you.
    Thank you ?


  86. DONALD S. (verified owner)

    As with all of your tutorials that I’ve purchased, “Linear Light Blend Mode” product is superb in all ways.

  87. Sinjon Graham (verified owner)

  88. Kathy White (verified owner)

    I love the way Blake teaches and explains the concepts. I have learned so much from his courses!!

  89. Richard Ernst (verified owner)

    How to use the linear light blend mode the right way to get fantastic results.

  90. Gail (verified owner)

    Fabulous, explained well. It would be good if you slowed your taking down a bit.

  91. gerrit k. (verified owner)

  92. Rob H. (verified owner)

    I really appreciated the Linear Light course as it has opened up a lot of possibilities for improving my work – thanks!

  93. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Linear Light was a blend mode I have never heard mentioned in my 12 year photo journey. Then, Blake started to talk about it and fortunately for my education by the time he mentioned it, I had a strong positive opinion that he knew what he was talking about. So, I held my breath and jumped in. It is now a core technique for improving photos. And, it can be used in conjunction with standard PS techniques to add value to any photo. Well worth spending the time to learn the materials and to practice enough to integrate Linear Light into your skill set.

  94. Mahinda Nandagopan (verified owner)

    Learned some in-depth techniques. Recommend to any PS users. Well worth it.

  95. Filipe Correia (verified owner)

  96. Kenneth G. (verified owner)

    It’s amazing to me that a blend mode that I always avoided in the past has so much to offer. Excellent course.

  97. DEB (verified owner)

  98. Wojciech Skorża (verified owner)

  99. LouiseDan

    There are not enough superlatives available to explain how great this course and Blake’s instruction style and enthusiasm is.

    Linear Light blend mode is one that I have stayed away from because I had no idea how to use it effectively. NOW I use it on all of my images at one point or another. If I want to sharpen, dodge and burn, create light where needed, bring out details, add a glow, dodge and burn with color, I can do it all and more in Linear Light blend mode with what I learned in this course.
    I confidently go to Linear Light as my first option in blend modes now and see what it will do to an image before I even think about the other blend modes.

  100. Lisa Delp (verified owner)

    This is one of my favorite classes that you have taught us in f.64 Elite. I use the skills you taught us often in my work.

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