Step-by-step: Lay­ing out com­mon Blend­ing modes

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1 Mul­ti­ply is a fan­tas­tic tool at many stages of your process. Be­cause white on a Mul­ti­ply layer is omit­ted, it’s great for plac­ing pen­cil scans into your piece to be coloured. It can be used for block­ing in the ini­tial shad­ows on colour flats, or for cre­at­ing freck­les or tat­toos that in­ter­act with the skin tone of your char­ac­ter.

2 I find Over­lay to be the most ver­sa­tile Blend­ing mode. When us­ing lighter colours it cre­ates a lu­mi­nous glow, and darker colours can cre­ate rich shad­ows. It’s use­ful for block­ing in your lights on colour flats, cre­at­ing bloom and glow, pores and skin tex­ture, and adding touches of sat­u­rated colour to the shad­ows’ edges.

3 Screen only adds light­ness when ap­plied. In ad­di­tion, this light is more opaque and less sat­u­rated than what Over­lay would cre­ate, which makes it ideal for cre­at­ing at­mos­phere like fog or smoke. Lay­er­ing in some soft Screen lay­ers can also help push ob­jects in your scene back in space, to cre­ate more re­al­is­tic depth.

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