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Adobe Photoshop Layer Types (Blend Mode) Tutorial
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Published: October 14, 2012
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Hey everyone,

This tutorial covers each and every different type of layer (blend mode) in Adobe Photoshop (at least up to CS4). Within this tutorial, you will learn how each blend mode behaves and how it can be used for digital painting.

If you've enjoyed this video, please feel free to check out my other videos and my blog, [link], for more updates on my work.

Thanks for watching,


Artist: Nicholas Kay
Programs Used: Adobe Photoshop CS4, Camtasia Studio, Windows 7 64bit
Equipment Used: Wacom 21 UX Cintiq

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using Camtasia Studio on my personal computer.
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SimulacrumbleHobbyist Artist
Hey nick, Been off the old Internet for a while, but im back trying to figure out this drawing malarky, Im checking out your Art and tuts, and like i said a while they are epic stuff....Cheers for the help...!! Peace out
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NicholasKayProfessional Digital Artist
no problem!
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AreosephHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for this Mr. Kay. Very helpful. Even though I've been using various versions of PS for the last 10 or more years, some of those blend types I never bothered with because I couldn't figure out how to use them. Your tutorials have been very helpful to me in my paintings. Thanks again.
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NicholasKayProfessional Digital Artist
glad to hear you enjoyed them! please feel free to call me 'Nick,' also.
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AreosephHobbyist Digital Artist
Force of habit, Nick. My bad :D
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TalancirHobbyist General Artist
hum... I'll be watching this later, it seems.
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markoonmarsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! just what i need to learn ; A ;
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HarryOsborn-ArtProfessional Digital Artist
It was a fantastic video, thanks :)
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