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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
Layout by Amanda Fraijo-Tobin
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JIF 6: 12x12 A Blooming Fancy
JIF 6: 12x12 A Blooming Fancy

Create a multi-photo layout fast and easy with this mini digital scrapbooking kit. Includes a fun damask paper, notepaper, frame cluster, scallop border, stitched paper tabs, and word art that reads "watching you bloom." Coordinates with A Blooming Fancy Collection Biggie.

* Brush Set: Stamped Dates *

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Jan Ransley
Layout by Jan Ransley
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Luscious Linens Water Paper Mini
Luscious Linens Water Paper Mini

Six beautiful digital scrapbooking background papers with the appearance of linen. Perfect for all your layouts and an absolute must to have in your stash of basics.

* ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Photo Masks Spots *

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Brandy Murry
Layout by Brandy Murry
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Value Pack: Shabby Blanc
Value Pack: Shabby Blanc

Combined to save you money! Enjoy this grouping of Shabby Blanc products for one low price.

ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bent Frames ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dreamy Canvas 6401 Super Biggie

Commercial license versions of ScrapSimple Paper Templates: Edgers Biggie, ScrapSimple Embellishment Templates: Bent Frames and ScrapSimple Tools - Styles: Dreamy Canvas 6401 Super Biggie are also available.

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Digital Scrapbooking Layout by Elisha Barnett
Layout by Elisha Barnett
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8.5x11 Shamrock Collection
8.5x11 Shamrock Collection

Use this 8.5x11-sized kit for your St. Patrick's Day Celebration photos, to celebrate your Irish Heritage, or just to celebrate how lucky you are!

* Autumn Joy Collection Biggie *

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What Are Blending Modes?
Friday, March 16, 2012

IN TODAY'S ISSUE:

  • 35% off Spring Fever Sale!
  • What's New in the Scrap Girls Boutique?
  • Tips From The Pros: What Are Blending Modes?
  • Scrap Girls Club
  • ScrapSimple Club
  • Designer Freebie
  • Ongoing Opportunities for YOU

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What Are Blending Modes?

Tutorial written in Adobe Photoshop CS5 on a Mac running OS X Lion

What are Blending Modes? What do they do?

These are questions I run into frequently. Today I'm going to try and answer those questions for you. There is a lot of information out there about Blending Modes, and a lot of it I find to be confusing and way too much information for what I want to know. I'm going to keep this on the simple and hopefully easy-to-understand side! I think you will find that you will use the same Blending Modes over and over, while you won't bother with some at all.

So what are Blending Modes exactly?

Basically, Blending Modes give us different options for how our layers interact or blend with each other.

The Blending Modes live in your Layers Palette; notice the little arrows next to Normal in the upper left corner of your Layers Palette. If you click on the arrows, the Blending Mode drop-down menu will appear which contains 25 different blending options.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Blending Modes options. Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: List of Blending Modes in Photoshop.

There are some very common and useful Blending Modes that I use over and over again. As you notice in the chart below, some Blending Modes are great for darkening your image, some for lightening, and some for adding contrast.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Blending Modes are listed in categories.

When using Blending Modes on an image, it cannot be a background or locked layer. The layer below the image you are working with can be a locked layer. In the examples below, I placed a photo on top of a couple of cardstock papers.

If you would like to follow along with me, open up a background paper and a photo, then drag your photo on top of your paper.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Drag a photo above a digital paper layer.

Now with your photo layer selected, go up to your Blending Modes drop-down menu in your Layers Palette and select one of the Blending Modes. Since the Blending Modes cause your photo to interact with the layer below you will get different effects, depending on the color of the layer under the photo.

The examples below are the results of using the "Multiply" mode – first, on an off-white paper and then on a blue paper. Notice how different the results are. Remember that the "Multiply" mode belongs in the Darkening Modes.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Change the Blending Mode to Multiply.

Next is an example of what effect the "Color Burn" mode has on your photo on both white and blue backgrounds. I use this mode quite often. I love the effect that "Color Burn" has on the white paper; it's a great way to blend your photos or elements into your background!

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Change the Blending Mode to Color Burn.

Here are a few more examples of the Darkening Blending Modes and what effects they have on white and blue backgrounds. It's hard to see in these examples, but on the white samples, the texture of the paper shows through and gives it a nice effect.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Examples of darkening Blending Modes.

The next set of examples contains Blending Modes that I use frequently - "Overlay," "Soft Light," and "Hard Light." These Blending Modes belong in the Lightening section.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Examples of lightening Blending Modes.

I used the "Pin Light" Blending Mode in the example below; it gives the photo an almost painted look on light colored papers.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Example of Pin Light Blending Mode.

For the final sample, I used the "Luminosity" Blending Mode, and as you can see, it turns the photo black and white on top of the white paper, while the photo on the blue paper takes on a blue cast. This is where it's very apparent that the Blending Modes interact with the layer below.

Digital Scrapbooking Technique Tutorial: Example of Luminosity Blending Mode.

When using Blending Modes, you will find that experimentation is fun and you never know what you're going to come up with! The colors in the photo (or other elements that you blend with the layer below) will change depending on their colors, so there are endless combinations and effects!

You can cycle through the Blending Modes while you are trying to decide on which one to use by holding down the Shift and hitting the + (plus) to move to the next Blending Modes or Shift - (minus) to get to the previous Blending Mode.

Now that you know some of the basics, I hope you have fun playing - and creating - with Blending Modes!

- Syndee

 

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March's Scrap Girls digital scrapbooking club, designed for you by Brandy Hackman.

Join the Scrap Girls Monthly Club and you can have fun with the newest traditional digital and printable scrapbooking looks while saving! (A $40.87 value for $9.99 or less!)

The Scrap Girls Club contents are released on the 1st day of the month (or the closest business day to the 1st).

With the Scrap Girls Club, you will receive:

  • 1 Collection Biggie
  • 1 Paper Super Mini
  • 1 Word Art Mini
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  • 1 Designer's Choice Item
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  • 1 CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Designer's Choice Item
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March's Scrap Girls Club designed for you by Brandy Hackman

JIFFY Easy Page Album
Club Exclusive! JIFFY Easy Page Album

Club Exclusive Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Brandy Hackman using March's Scrap Girls Club
Layout by Brandy Hackman
using March's Scrap Girls Club

ScrapSimple Club

The March ScrapSimple digital scrapbooking club selection by Angie Briggs and Brandy Murry.

March's ScrapSimple Club has been created for you by
Angie Briggs & Brandy Murry

Join the ScrapSimple Monthly Club and you can enjoy the newest ScrapSimple looks while saving! (A $13.95 value for $6.99 or less!)

The new ScrapSimple Club contents are released on the 15th day of the month (or the closest business day to the 15th).

A commercially licensed version of the ScrapSimple Club is also available here.

With the ScrapSimple Club, you will receive:

  • 1 ScrapSimple Paper Template Set
  • 1 ScrapSimple Embellishment Template
  • 1 Brush Set
  • 2 Designer's Choice Item
  • CLUB EXCLUSIVE! Nano Collection
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Nano Collection
Club Exclusive! Nano Collection

ScrapSimple Club Designer's Gift
Club Exclusive! Designer's Gift

Computer scrapbook layout by Shalae Tippetts
Layout by Angie Briggs
using February's ScrapSimple Club

Today's Freebie

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Julie White

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Snow Spatter Embellishment Special

Designer Freebie by Julie White coordinates with her Snow Spatter Embellishment Mini

Snow Friends Collection Mini * Snow Spatter Embellishment Mini

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Today's freebie designed by Julie White

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