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This is a discussion on Blend modes within the Digital photography forums, part of the Photography & Fine art photography category; Could someone please give me a bit of highlights on blend modes? Which one do you use for curves and ...

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    Could someone please give me a bit of highlights on blend modes? Which one do you use for curves and levels? I almost always keep that in NORMAL. I changed it yesterday to LUMINOSITY while working on curves and it seems to avoid the oversaturation I usually face when processing my pictures.
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    I don't believe I've ever seen "blend modes" on the software tools I use to process images. Which package are you using?
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    May be I missed the right term, Iggy.
    If you open new layer in CS, you find a new layer window which at the bottom has a combo box labelled Mode. I am referring to that. Of course, you can find it through other ways too.
    I am using CS and you can find it in any version.
    I hope I am not confusing...

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    Sorry, still just a little confused. CS = ??

    I use Picasa for image management, ufRAW for RAW conversion and Gimp for image editing.
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    Iggy, CS = photoshop. We are now on photoshop version CS5.

    Hi Yisehaq - this topic is WAY big. whole books and courses are devoted to blend modes.
    In a nutshell though blend modes control the way LAYERS blend into one another.
    here'as a quick tutorial that I found just by googling blend modes. It's for an old version of photoshop but the principles are the same. Using Blend Modes in Photoshop-- Part I
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    Cool. I'll have to check it out myself. Gimp has all those blend modes too.
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