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New To Me November: Difference Layer Blend Mode

Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:04 pm

If you have ever tried to add text to a layout and found that some of the text faded or disappeared because it blended into the same colors that was under it, then this tutorial is for you.

1. Grab a background, preferably one that is striped or has a pattern.
I chose a paper from Dae Design's kit, "Pumpkin Spice"
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2. Make your foreground color a medium gray.
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Add some Text. Since we are going to be using the layer blend mode, "Difference" I typed that word really big across the page.
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3. Change the Text layer blend mode to Difference.
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Then press the Esc key or Enter key to accept the blend mode.
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4. Next we will add some color to the text.

Click on the half circle icon at the bottom of the layers palette.
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And choose Hue/Saturation.
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FYI: When you use gray text, all the other colors work well with the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Experiment with other colors too.

5. Click on the Colorize option.
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And adjust the sliders to a color that you desire.

6. We need to "clip" the the Hue/Sat adjustment layer to the text layer so that it only effects the text and not any other layer.
From the top menu, click on Layer/Create Clipping mask.
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7. Move the text around and watch how it changes color. You can go back to the Hue/Sat adjustment layer and change colors if you didn't get the results you like.

Optional:
8. To make the color stand out better, add the Levels adjustment layer with the same step as #4.

9. Adjust the left slider to the right past any "peaks" and the right slider to the left past any peaks. Leave the middle slider at 1.00
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10. Clip the Levels adjustment layer by repeating step #6.


Here's my finished sample:
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Re: New To Me November: Difference Layer Blend Mode

Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:04 pm

This was fun - thanks again for another great tutorial!!

I played with only an adjustment layer, duplicated all, and then added the levels layer - it really changed the color. I also played with the paper, and angle of the text. :D

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I used a paper from A is for Autumn by Dae Designs.
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Re: New To Me November: Difference Layer Blend Mode

Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:38 pm

smikeel wrote:This was fun - thanks again for another great tutorial!!

I played with only an adjustment layer, duplicated all, and then added the levels layer - it really changed the color. I also played with the paper, and angle of the text. :D

Difference layer Blend Mode
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I used a paper from A is for Autumn by Dae Designs.

:like: :like:

It's also cool to do in black and white :yes:


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