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Using Blend Modes in Photoshop gives us many options for creativity.  Blend modes change how two layers interact with one another.  Results depend upon many factors….. which can make using blend modes (somewhat) unpredictable but fun!

For the purposes of this tutorial, I am using Photoshop CS6.  The Blend Mode option is located at the top of the Layers Panel (both in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements). To access different Blend Modes, click on the down-pointing arrow.


Today I would like to direct you to an excellent explanation of Photoshop Blend Modes.  It is comprehensive, yet easy to read.  You will find basic information here, enough to give you insight into how blend modes work; but more detailed explanations are also included, in case you want to take your understanding even further.    I located this article on the Photoshop Blog Stop, and have found it to be extremely helpful:  Photoshop Blend Modes Explained.   The author clearly states that he is not going to “show” how blend modes work, but is going to “explain” to you how they work.

Today I will “show” you one example of how to use blend modes, and hope this sparks your interest in reading more about blend modes and how they can be an effective tool in your scrapbooking.

The image below is a paper from “Tell Me Again” (a new collaboration between ADBDesigns and SnickerdoodleDesigns), and a “Tell Me Again Blendable” (by ADB Designs).


Today, let’s look at the Darken Blend Mode.  The description given in the above -noted article is this:  If the pixels of the selected layer are darker then the ones on the layers below, they are kept in the image. If the pixels in the layer are lighter, they are replaced with the tones on the layers below (they show through to the selected layer), so basically the darker tones of all layers are kept.

Let’s see what that “looks” like. In the image above, we see defined edges along the lower left, the bottom, and the lower right.  This is because I have the Blendable selected, and those edges of the Blendable are darker than the lighter background paper. Thus, according to definition, the darker pixels are kept in the image.

In the image below, I moved the Blendable up.  Now the lower edges are placed on top of the darker parts of the background paper, which means that the darker pixels on the background paper are kept. This gives the Blendable a softer looking edge, creating a really lovely look.


But what if you wanted this Blendable in the lower corner of this particular paper?  In this instance, the darker parts of the paper don’t fall in line with some of the edges that you would like to soften.  Let’s fix that. After changing the Blendable Mode to Darken, I applied a mask to the layer.  I used soft brush, with the opacity setting set at 38%, then “erased” away some of the harsher edges.



Diane (ADBDesigns) has created a Blendable for you to experiment with.  Just click here, Tell Me Again Blendable Freebie,  or on the image below to download.


I hope that you find Using Blend Modes in Photoshop tutorial helpful, and that the visual presented here has inspired you to experiment even more with Blend Modes.

You will find the new “Tell Me Again” collaboration between ADBDesigns and Snickerdoodle Designs in our stores now.  Take advantage of Introductory Pricing while it is available!



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“Tell Me Again”, a collaboration between SnickerdoodleDesigns and ADB Designs, was designed with the following thoughts in mind: that there is value in our family history, and that our ancestors have stories to tell us that can not only educate us but help us improves our lives. “Tell Me Again” is a wonderful kit filled with beautiful vintage papers and elements that bring to mind family times, story-telling, and a general sense of comfort.  All to express the hope that “Tell Me Again” inspires you to record your family’s stories, and enjoy the journey while you do so.

“Tell Me Again”, een samenwerking tussen SnickerdoodleDesigns and ADB Designs, is gemaakt met volgende ideeën: dat de geschiedenis van je familie waardevol is en dat onze voorouders verhalen te vertellen hebben die belangrijk zijn voor onze ontwikkeling en toekomst.  “Tell Me Again” is een prachtige kit gevuld met oud-lijkende achtergrond papers en elementen die je doen denken aan: familie tijd, verhalen vertellen en een geborgen en veilig gevoel. Dit alles met de hoop dat “Tell Me Again” je inspireert om je eigen familie verhalen vast te leggen en ervan te genieten.


Besides the kit there are lots of wonderful extras for you to help you create beautiful pages. Take a look below:

Naast de kit zijn er veel prachtige extra’s om je te helpen mooie layouts te maken. Kijk maar eens hieronder:



However if you want all of this, you may better go for the Tell Me Again Collection, which is currently on sale for over 50% off!!

Echter als je dit allemaal wilt, kun je beter voor de Tell Me Again Collection gaan, welke momenteel in de aanbieding is met een korting van meer dan 50%!


Finally the quickpage I made for you, I hope you like it! Please enjoy!!

En dan nog de quickpage die ik voor jullie gemaakt heb. Ik hoop dat jullie hem leuk vinden! Veel plezier ermee!!



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I imagined a grungy vintage and illustrated feminine kit. I love contrast between feminine refinement and grungy style. I wanted flowers, pennants, rosettes, laces, but I also wanted untreated materials.

This is my inspiration for this collection.

And it turned exactly as I wanted it to be : Shabby sweet and chic ! Each one of you can identify herself in this collection.

It’s timeless and possibilities are endless


I created a border cluster today, enjoy!!!



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Round Robin: Days Gone By

by Toiny Westberry 28 May 2014
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This is it! The last week of our first Round Robin. Remember, anyone can join in anytime. We’d love to have you! A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs. How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra? Answer: Create a LO! The LO rules are simple: Use […]

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New in our CU store plus a FREEBIE!

by Robyn 26 May 2014

We have some lovely new goodies in our CU store to look at this week. First one is “CU” Designer mix 41 from Designs by Brigit.  What a pretty mix this is!  I love the little blue flowers, I think they would add such a lovely touch to a kit or scrapbooking page.  SAVE 40%! […]

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LOTW May 18 – 24 And the winner is ….

by renee 25 May 2014
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*gina* with her amazing page Red and Black. I really love this page, the grungy white background and the black and white photo look so beautiful. And then the red which makes this page pop! The wonderful clustering of the red poppies make the photo and the whole page sparkle! Absolutely beautiful, so congrats Gina […]

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My Fancy Futuristic Car

by Toiny Westberry 24 May 2014

Ever have a week, really a month, where everything goes wrong?  Yep.  That was me the last several weeks.  Thankfully it was not people-wrong, but mechanical-wrong. It started with the The Big, Red, Intimating, not-out-of-order Machine, it went out-of-order. Our hot water supply went to nil, our showers came to an end and the house […]

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Hand-Tinting Photos in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 24 May 2014
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Last week, we looked at how to “Tone an Image using Gradient Maps.”   Today, let’s explore Gradient Maps just a little more and look, specifically, at one way to easily “hand-tint” an image. This method works equally well in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. As a refresher, to add a Gradient Map, we need to: 1.  […]

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Magical Wonders by Studio4 Designworks and a free quickpage for you

by renee 23 May 2014
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Magical Wonders by Studio4 Designworks is a kit that will bring out the creativity in you! Colours that melt together, cute mystical elements, and a huge array of papers and elements, are sure to get you started creating fabulous digital scrapbooking pages. A little mystical, a little whimsical, and packed with a lot of punch […]

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Round Robin Week 3: Hidden in My Book by The Urban Fairy and Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes

by tammy 22 May 2014

Welcome to Week 3 of our Round Robin!  What is a Round Robin? A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs. How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra? Answer: Create a LO! The LO rules are simple: Use only the current week Round Robin Collab Properly credit […]

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