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    How to blend colours in photoshop

    hey sorry for this tacky question

    been trying to learn colour blending in the new photoshop CS6. Been following the instructional video on ctrlpaint.com. I can't seem to blend two colours to produce a third in between colour. I pick a dark blue then a light blue and hold down the alt key to use the colour picker. According to the online video when I lay the lighter blue on top of the darker blue they should mix to produce a new mid tone between the two.

    However all that happens when I do it is that I make the darker blue even darker but their is no blending between the two colours as the lighter blues pigments never show over the top

    any ideas what I might be doing wrong on need to do different?

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    Sounds like you use a brush set to multiply. Make sure you have opacity enabled + normale mode.

    Be careful when you use this method. Photoshop does NOT blend colors the same way you would expect when using natural paints or Painter. Check your colors frome time to time, unless you want your painting to be all muddy and grey.

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    thanks for that, I realized after a lot of headache that my paint brush was not on normal mode...only had the software since Sunday so trying to work it all out

    what do you mean by check your colors from time to time? sorry if this sounds dense

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    Photoshop doesn't create a true color-mix, if you use the color-picker on your drawings, then chances are the colors will be a lot greyer in tone than you may want.

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    cheers for that clarification, I actually have noticed that thought it was my imagination

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engelszorn View Post
    Sounds like you use a brush set to multiply. Make sure you have opacity enabled + normale mode.
    Is it layer multiply?

    Or is it brush settings under Texture > Mode > multiply? But, there is no normal mode.

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    Of course there is normal mode. Maybe it's not called normal in english, that I don't know

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    It is called normal.well at least in CS6 since thats all i have experience with its in the mode drop down menu with the other options like darken and multiply.

    Just out o curiosity do most people use multiple layers to achieve blending effects whilst manipulating opacity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engelszorn View Post
    Of course there is normal mode. Maybe it's not called normal in english, that I don't know
    Here is the list,

    How to blend colours in photoshop

    No normal? :/

    I am using CS5 Extended.

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    Sure its normal..but I am using the latest edition CS6 and they have changed a lot to do with the interface and menus, which is why its hard learning my way around at the mo as there are not any tutorials about CS6 i have seen.

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    iamcreasy>

    Nah, this is the texture mode menu and there is no normal mode here.
    A brush can have a brush mode assigned and you can see it on the top bar when the tool is selected. It's different from the Layer mode since it applies per stroke.

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    iamcreasy>

    Nah, this is the texture mode menu and there is no normal mode here.
    A brush can have a brush mode assigned and you can see it on the top bar when the tool is selected. It's different from the Layer mode since it applies per stroke.

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