About this lesson
Blend If is used when combining multiple images that contain strong color contrasts. It is also good for fast editing of multiple images.
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The ‘Blend If’ function of your Layer Styles panel is a useful tool for quick image manipulation.
When to use
When combining multiple images that contain strong color contrasts. Good for fast editing of multiple images.
Analyse color channels
- On the Layers panel, switch to the ‘Channels’ panel
- Take note of the channels with the darkest and the brightest areas on the image that will be on top.
- Drag the first photo over to the 2nd (a new layer should appear)
- Adjust layers so that the image you will be adjusting is on the bottom.
Adjust the blending options
- Double click the layer to open up the layer styles menu
- Use the specific color channels (in the example, blue) in the ‘Underlying Layer’ sections of the Blend If section
- Adjust dark blues by dragging the bar from left to right
- Soften the contrast by holding ALT and splitting the bar in two
Play with the multiple color channels to get the desired results. You can also add an image mask for fine tuning.
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