Ps Foundations – Blend Modes

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Photoshop Foundations – Blend Modes

I have produced over 1300 videos on Photoshop and Photography and I can say that nearly every one of them has included a Blend Mode of some sort.  Now I think its time to put all of my blend mode knowledge into one comprehensive course.

The problem with Blend Modes is we find one maybe two or three that we like and we tend to stick to them and tell all the others to take a hike.  I implore you to rethink that decision.  While many educators will tell you to stick to Luminosity, Soft Light, Overlay and Screen, I am telling you that there is a treasure trove of color grading goodness in Vivid Light, Hard Mix, and dare I say it,  Difference!

If you are an absolute beginner to blend modes, have no fear.  This course was tailored for everyone.  It contains the perfect blend (see what I did there) of the how to use them with the why behind them.  No matter what skill level you find yourself in Photoshop I can guarantee you will learn something and walk away with at least one new found favorite blend mode to incorporate into your workflow.

You will learn everything about Blend Modes:

  • What the blend modes are in layman’s terms!
  • How to understand the grouping of blend modes
  • In-Depth discussions about every blend mode on relevant diagrams
  • How to use the 8 Fill Based Blend Modes for incredible Color Grading Effects
  • How to decode the relationships between the blend modes
  • How to use Blend Modes to make intricate color masks from Channels

 Included in this course:

  • 2 Hours of formal education and understanding of Blend Modes in Adobe Photoshop©
  • All follow along images, diagrams, and course resource materials

Programs Required:

  • Adobe Photoshop© CC:  Not included in the purchase of the course.  Most of the features outlined in this course may not be available in CS6 or CS5


110 reviews for Ps Foundations – Blend Modes

  1. Bradley Ede (verified owner)

    Blake thanks for the insights on how the get the best of Blend Modes. If I am honest I generally only ever use Overlay, that was before. You have given me the confidence to experiment with them all and pick my favourites.

  2. roger (verified owner)

    Very interesting and useful video. Hope to watch more on YouTube.

  3. Hans Ljung (verified owner)

    The course gave a good insight of all Blend Modes and I learnt a lot of new things. It is really worth the money, otherwise I would never have found out what all Blend Modes do in practice. I will for sure watch the videos once more.

  4. John Mortier (verified owner)

    I am getting acquainted with it.

  5. Alberto Bustos (verified owner)

  6. Sinjon (verified owner)

    this course is penny’s for Pearls.

  7. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Nicely presented examples learnt many new things which I have started to incorporate and improve my images.

  8. Bill Wiley (verified owner)

    I found this lesson on blend modes most informative. I learned so much about what the blend modes are, what they do and how to use them. I recommend anyone that uses PS and is a little hesitant to use the blend modes to the fullest, should take a look at this course. Thank you Blake for providing this information that I was apprehensive to try.

  9. John (verified owner)

    Lesson 7 on color was eye opener for me. I now used luminosity blend for all of curve adjustments when I do not want the color to be changed.

  10. Donald Nuss (verified owner)

  11. Viliam (verified owner)

    I am happy that I found this course. The perfect teacher.

  12. Viliam (verified owner)

    Mr. Blake, thank you for your great work. I will learn a lot from you. You are a great teacher.

  13. John Alvarez (verified owner)

    An excellent overview of the PS blend modes. The tutorials have opened up additional editing possibilities for me.

  14. Tom Wall (verified owner)

  15. Charles (verified owner)

    Excellent instruction on how to visualize the blend modes!

  16. Michael H. (verified owner)

    Things you must know to bring your art to the next level

  17. Richard Olson (verified owner)

    I find I go back to the tutorial to help understand the various blends or reinforce how a blend mode works. If you read the Adobe blend modes descriptions or other online descriptions you’ll run away screaming. The tutorial’s great because Blake clearly describes how the blend modes affect the images

  18. Anonymous (verified owner)

  19. William Lewis (verified owner)

    Same comment as above…

  20. Brenda (verified owner)

    Great easy to understand way to use blend modes.

  21. Cor van der Linden (verified owner)

    Blend Modes well explained in logical order

  22. John H. (verified owner)

    Good description of blend modes and How to apply them to photography.

  23. Ken J. (verified owner)

    Some very useful techniques. Reprocessed some of my favorite photos using the and was delighted with results

  24. Gary Simms (verified owner)

    It’s the next step up for your understanding of blend modes in Photoshop.

  25. Rolf Södergren (verified owner)

    I learned a lot. Well structured course and my understanding of Blend Modes has definitely increased a great deal.

  26. Joyce Merritt (verified owner)

  27. Pauli (verified owner)

  28. carlos eastman (verified owner)

    clear and very helpful

  29. jean – francois renard (verified owner)

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

  30. Anthony Kelly (verified owner)

  31. Donald R. (verified owner)

  32. Salvatore Grasso (verified owner)

  33. Kathy White (verified owner)

    Another great course from Blake!

  34. Louis C. (verified owner)

    Purchased to find new and better ways to edit in Photoshop. Definitely well layed out and easy to follow along. Can’t wait to try putting some of what I learned into practice.

  35. Connie Gill-Straubhaa (verified owner)

  36. Steve Bastiman (verified owner)

    Whilst the videos are great, the PDF ‘Extras’ really make the product by providing detailed ‘aide-memoires’.

  37. Juan Renta (verified owner)

    As always, Blake Rudis delivers once again (as he always does)! I bought the Blend Modes Course along with the Game of Tones course. If you ever wondered what all those PS blend modes do or how they work, well, wonder no more. Blake takes you step-by-step through every single mode and beautifully (using everyday language, not technical lingo) explains the intricacies and uses of each of them. He provides you with files so that you can follow along his practical exercises enabling the user to see first-hand the workings of the various blend modes. As per the Games of Tones, I strongly recommend the Blends Mode course–it’s a solid investment in your photographic education. Again, thank you Blake for helping make us better photographers and inspiring our creativity!

  38. Steve Finlay (verified owner)

    Thought I knew enough but no way

  39. Tony Cowen (verified owner)

    Well presented

  40. Charles Fleischman (verified owner)

    This also takes study and practice. Even though I have been using Photoshop for over 20 years, I learned many new ways to influence my work by using blend modes I never understood before.

  41. Betty-Lou Luyken (verified owner)

    Knowing about blend modes is so valuable and Blake is an outstanding teacher and his videos are always fun to watch.

  42. Claudio (verified owner)

    The topic before was difficult, but it became clear. thanks

  43. John cook (verified owner)

    Great explanations and insight to blend modes….it has given me deeper insight and reason to using specific blend modes.

  44. Anne R. (verified owner)

    A must have foundational course! (as many of Blake Rudis’ f64.0 courses are) He drops so much knowledge in this course. It’s truly a resource to keep and review again and again.

  45. Jef Heylen (verified owner)

  46. Stan (verified owner)

    No comment yet, I have not done this class yet. The survey requires a rating so I’ll put it in the middle. I have enjoyed all of your classes and the 30 day PS Mastery has gotten me on board. I feel you are an excellent teacher and enjoy you methods and styles. Thanks

  47. Robyn Aldridge (verified owner)

    Keep buying and keep trying so you’ll get better in the end. I’m on my way!

  48. Andrew-Oliver Gross (verified owner)

  49. victor (verified owner)

    Great set of lessons and the Primer pdf is very useful as a desktop reference. I find the complexity in applying blend modes means that returning to a resource like this from time to time is a boon. A little more sinks in each time.

  50. Gunther Frensch (verified owner)

  51. Kathy W. (verified owner)

    I’ve always struggled with Blend If but this has helped me to use them more effectively. Thank-you!

  52. Russell Welch (verified owner)

  53. Tom B. (verified owner)

    love the course

  54. Ken W. (verified owner)

    This will become my “go to resource” for clarification. Thorough and all encompassing.

  55. Frans Jonkman (verified owner)

  56. Peter V. (verified owner)

  57. Gail (verified owner)

    A little harder to get my head around. I’ll need to watch this a few times. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of your course.

  58. Peter O’Brien (verified owner)

  59. Geert Noij (verified owner)

    After a few hours from study everything OK for understanding. Perfect lessons and of core I use it every day!

  60. David (verified owner)

    Seeing as using blend modes was such a big part of editing with gradients I saw it as a MUST. I bought the combination package of Blend Modes and Gradients and the price was so low. I am forever in debt to f64.

  61. gerrit k. (verified owner)

  62. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Pre taking this course, Blend Modes was a topic I avoided. It was confusing and I did not see any material benefit to it in processing my photos. Was I ever wrong. Now, I am comfortable while using Blend Modes and about ready to claim it as a core tool for processing my photos. To assess my newly acquired skills, I went back and edited a few photos that I liked but never promoted to the front ranks of my photos. Using Blend Modes on each photo along with some of the skills I picked up from some other F64 programs helped to improve some photos to the point I plan to print them and put them on a wall.

  63. Mahinda Nandagopan (verified owner)

    Good refresher and some new understanding of Blend Modes, well worth it.

  64. Ulf Wohland (verified owner)

    not yet finished

  65. Brian S. (verified owner)

    Even though I’ve been working with blend modes for quite a qhile and when to use ‘fill vs opacity’, I decided to purchase the blend mode package, more for the relationships of contrast and colour attributes. Definitately made life easier!!!!

  66. Robert Lipman (verified owner)

    Would have liked more retouching examples, using different blend modes – maybe full photo edits. Many thanks for the course. I liked the notes describing the blend modes.

  67. Anonymous (verified owner)

  68. David Robinson (verified owner)

    As always Blake has an easy to understand and practical teaching method that makes content of the course easy and enjoyable to navigate.

  69. ALAN SILBERLIGHT (verified owner)

    Blend Modes are an important part of what Photoshop can do. Once again, Blake presents a course with necessary information, many examples, and an appreciation for photography and Photoshop as an art.
    I would guess that not many of us explore the differences of all the Blend Modes. Blake teaches us everything that we need to know and how we can use Blend Modes to the fullest. Buy this course! You will be happy that you did.

  70. BJ Spanos (verified owner)

    Another excellent training from Blake! I’ve learned so much from Blake, not just how to apply blend modes but why, which allows me to make better post-processing decisions. Thank you!

  71. Richard (verified owner)

  72. Bruce Hostetler (verified owner)

    Working on it!!

  73. Anonymous (verified owner)

  74. Ulf W. (verified owner)

    great as always, very helpful in the workflow

  75. soumaya s. (verified owner)

    Blake always delivers and some more, so many take aways and aha moments.
    Learned so much, thank you!

  76. Gregory Blomstrom (verified owner)

    I’ve always struggled with blend modes – what to use and when. Blake does an awesome job explaining the details and how they work. He goes beyond just skimming the surface and really dives and pulls back the curtain. Uses easy to understand terminology and you can quickly tell he has a passion for teaching backup by extensive knowledge. I’ve purchased many online training tutorials and Blake’s have been the best! Highly recommend!!

  77. Dale Fuller (verified owner)

    A great companion to Blend If.

  78. Dan Will (verified owner)

  79. Arthur Jacoby (verified owner)

    This couses explains and teaches you about tools in Photoshop that give you control over tones and colors which will move you several levels up in your skills, enabeling you to transfrom your artistic vision into reality.

  80. Michael Lekas (verified owner)

    I learned a lot from those videos. Will be incorporating blend modes more often now thanks to the videos

  81. Brad Ede (verified owner)

    Awesome and have learnt some of the advantages of Blend Modes with experimenting love the results

  82. Ken Y. (verified owner)

    Essential exposition of often underutilized possibilities in PS

  83. jan g. (verified owner)

    good experience

  84. Peter Wick (verified owner)

  85. Cheri Halstead (verified owner)

  86. David Eckels (verified owner)

    Useful and informative.

  87. Roger (verified owner)

    Very good explanation.

  88. david beaubien (verified owner)

    very good course it is bringing colour theory and management to the front of what I am wanting to upgrade my skills as a photo artist to. thank Blake

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  90. Charles Thomas (verified owner)

    Great product.

  91. Anonymous (verified owner)

  92. David Hansen (verified owner)

    An easy-to-follow-along course! Not just an overview but a well-thought-out course. I thought I knew a lot about Blend Modes until I watched your course. Blake is an excellent instructor!

  93. Joan (verified owner)

  94. Ross (verified owner)

    This course provided more in-depth information about the blend modes and how to use them than any other I’ve come across.

  95. Rick (verified owner)

  96. John Rini (verified owner)

    As with all products received by F64 Academy, I find the materials extremely factual and well thought out… as well as presented in a easy too understand formula.

  97. Ab Arends (verified owner)

    Hi Blake,
    I followed the `Blend If` course and to complete it, Blend modes are certainly included. Most `teachers` on the Internet are talking about a few blend modes, mostly screen and overlay. I thought, the other modes give mostly weird results, so don`t bother…
    How wrong can you be! If you understand the cohesion and the way of using, a world will open to you…
    Especially when you know when to use the Fill mode, that is great!
    The way you can easily explain difficult things in a light way is only given to a `natural born` teacher. So, `Blend if` and `Blend modes` are a perfect combo, thank you!

    I understand the explanation now on, haha!

  98. Glenn Peppers (verified owner)

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  100. Marc Peyrolle (verified owner)

    And your tutorials are great too.
    I’ve been following you on YouTube for a long time and your tutorials are all great.

  101. Paul B. (verified owner)

    Great explanation of this complex subject. These videos were definitely helpful. Even after almost twenty years of using Photoshop I found my understanding of several of the blend modes was limited and I see new uses for some that I never would have thought of. Another bargain from f64.

  102. Joel Rosi-Schwartz (verified owner)

    The course is excellent, well thought out, expertly crafted and functions flawlessly. Just as important—if not more so—the accompanying education is helpful beyond expectation and well presented. My only criticism is that Blake speaks quickly; I rectify this by setting my video playback speed between 0.75 and 0.8.

    But all of the above is almost beside the point. For me, the most significant value of the package is Blake himself. My experience is that he is there with me every step of the way. Whenever I have a question, he is happy to provide his advice. Moreover, he is the most responsive tutor I have met; he answers with fantastic promptness and alacrity—oh yes, and typically with a helpful response.

    I would also very much recommend that you consider subscribing to f.64 Elite. It is the best $20/month I have ever spent on photography; I find it invaluable. Also, note that every membership includes a supply of Kool-Aid every month!!


  103. Keith Marlowe (verified owner)

    So much I didn’t know! Grewat course to get me started for the Blend if.

  104. Denis Z. (verified owner)

    I bought The Unrivaled Blend If + Ps Foundations – Blend Modes and have already experiment with the panel with my interior photos
    I have to say I’m blown away, I’ve tried many different panels, including luminosity masks, but your panel gives incredible possibilities, I can blend exposures change shadows and highlights and see the result, it’s absolutely amazing! Thank you very much for this.

  105. Kenneth M. (verified owner)

    Learned how to with better understanding.

  106. Michael Bacon (verified owner)

    What I have sampled is A.C.E. On just some 30 minutes viewing (about 1/4 of the material) I would unhesitatingly recommend this to any photographer. It has massively increased my understanding of Blend modes.

  107. Darin F. (verified owner)

    Good information and provides a great understanding of blend modes – finally!!

  108. Jeffrey Jones (verified owner)

  109. Sanford (verified owner)

  110. Graham Smith (verified owner)

    Well thought out process. Takes a log of practice to put it all together!

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