The 6 Blend Mode Families
The blend modes of photoshop are used to quickly change the colors and transparencies of a image, heavily dependent on the algorithms set by the developers.
Image 1: Normal Blending Modes – Normal and Dissolve appear respectively.
Normal blend modes changes the opacity between layers instead of blending pixels like the other modes.
Image 2: Darken Blending Modes – (From top left to bottom right) Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, and Darker Color appear respectively.
Darken blend modes turn the whites of a photo invisible while accentuating the darker portions.
Image 3: Lighten Blending Modes – (From top left to bottom right) Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge, and Lighter Color appear respectively.
Lighten blend modes accentuates the brightest colors in a photo.
Image 4: Contrast Blending Modes – (From top left to bottom right) Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, and Hard Mix appear respectively.
Contrast blend modes combine light and dark blend modes by darkening dark colors and lightening lighter colors. It also turns colors exactly in between invisible.
Image 5: Inversion Blending Modes – (From top left to bottom right) Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide appear respectively.
Inversion blend modes accentuates variation between layers by reversing colors.
Image 6: Component Blending Modes – (From top left to bottom right) Luminosity, Color, Saturation, and Hue appear respectively.
Component blend modes takes into account the primary color components of hue, saturation, and brightness in order to create a variation of vibrancy.