Normal Blend Modes
This blend mode, is the default mode. Nothing is applied to the blend layer from the base layer.
In the dissolve blend mode, pixels of the base layer are shown in the blend layer. To show more pixels from the base layer, the opacity of the blend layer must be reduced.
Darken Blend Modes
The darken blend mode, compares the color of both layers and keeps the darker one of the two.
The luminosity of the base color is increased by the color of the blend layer. Overall it darkens the image.
The color burn blend mode is darker than multiply. This blend mode increases the contrast between the two layers. The highlights are reduced and the mid tones are saturated.
The linear burn blend mode decreases the brightness of the base layer.
The color of each layer isn’t blended here, only the darker of the two layers is kept here.
Lighten Blend Modes
This blend mode compares the color of each layer. Then keeps the lighter of the two and blends it.
The black parts of each layer is ignored, and the overall image is lightened. This blend mode is the opposite of multiply. The lighter part of the base layer is added to the blend layer.
This blend mode decreases the contrast between the two layers. This is the opposite of color burn.
Linear Dodge (Add)
This blend mode is similar to Screen and Color Dodge but produces a lighter color. The base color is lightened.
The lighter colors of the two layers are kept, with out any blending of the two layers together.
Contrast Blending Modes
The overlay blend mode depends on the colors are darker or lighter. If the colors in the blend layer are darker than the base. The blend layer will be darker. And if its lighter it will become lighter.
This blend mode will either darker and lighten depending on the luminance value.
If the blend is darker than if multiplies, if its lighter than it screens.
Anything darker than 50% gray is darkened, and anything lighter than 50% gray is Lighten. This uses color dodge and color burn.
Linear Light uses a combination of the Linear Dodge Blending on lighter parts and a Linear Burn on darker parts.
Where the colors are 50% gray on the blend later the base layer will be shown. Other than that the blend layer will show.
Only the colors red, green, blue, cyan, yellow, magenta, white, or black is shown. The image loses lots of details and there are no gradients.
Contrast Blend Modes
The base colors are inverted. And the lighter colors are subtracted from the darker colors.
Similar to the difference blend layer, but has less saturation.
This subtracts the blend color from the base color. Overall darkens the image.
Does the opposite of subtract. It divides the blend color from the base color, and lightens the image.
Color Blending Modes
Preserves the luminosity and saturation of the base layer, while applying the hue of the blend layer.
Preserves the luminosity and hue of the base layer while applying the saturation of the blend layer.
Preserves the luminosity of the base layer while applying the hue and saturation of the blend layer.
Preserves the hue and saturation of the base layer while applying the luminosity of the blend layer.