Darken and Lighten Blend Modes in Photoshop Elements 10

Photoshop Elements 10 offers the Darken, Multiply, Color Burn, Linear Burn, and Darker Color blend modes to produce effects that darken your images in various ways, and the Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, Linear Dodge, and Lighter Color blend modes create lightening effects on your images.

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  • Darken: Turns lighter pixels transparent if the pixels on the target layer are lighter than those below. If the pixels are darker, they’re unchanged.

  • Multiply: Burns the target layer onto the layers underneath, thereby darkening all colors where they mix. When you’re painting with the Brush or Pencil tool, each stroke creates a darker color, as though you’re drawing with markers.

  • Color Burn: Darkens the layers underneath the target layer and burns them with color, creating a contrast effect, like applying a dark dye to your image.

  • Linear Burn: Darkens the layers underneath the target layer by decreasing the brightness. This effect is similar to Multiply but often makes parts of your image black.

  • Darker Color: When blending two layers, the darker color of the two colors is visible.

The lighten blend modes are the opposite of the darken blend modes:

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  • Lighten: Turns darker pixels transparent if the pixels on the target layer are darker than those below. If the pixels are lighter, they’re unchanged. This effect is the opposite of Darken.

  • Screen: Lightens the target layer where it mixes with the layers underneath. This effect is the opposite of Multiply.

  • Color Dodge: Lightens the pixels in the layers underneath the target layer and infuses them with colors from the top layer. This effect is similar to applying a bleach to your image.

  • Linear Dodge: Lightens the layers underneath the target layer by increasing the brightness. This effect is similar to Screen but often makes parts of your image white.

  • Lighter Color: When blending two layers, the lighter color of the two colors is visible.

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