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The 3 Most Useful Blend Modes, Part 3

By Matt Kloskowski  ·  March 5th, 2012

In Part 3 of a 3-part series, Matt takes you through how to use the last of the most important blend modes: Overlay and Soft Light.


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46 Replies to The 3 Most Useful Blend Modes, Part 3:

  1. luca

    March 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Video lesson like this is worth one year subcription to P.E.T.

    • steve

      January 25, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Great tutorials – thought I had reached a plateau in understanding Blend Modes – thanks for my Eureka moment!

  2. Michael

    March 5, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Matt, like the post above. The way you explain the process is worth the price of the subcription.
    This series really opened the window of my understanding how blend modes work and how to use them. Iv’e only had elements 10 for 3 months now and still learning every time I use the program or watch one of the many videos PET has to offer. Many thanks for the 3 part series. Mike

  3. Ken

    March 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Great tutorials Matt. Thanks heaps.

  4. Elva

    March 6, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Awesome! Thank you so much for vido definitely just had an ah-ha moment

  5. Bonnie

    March 6, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Great tutorial! I use the overlay blend mode quite often, but I still learned some new things. Thanks!

  6. Michele

    March 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you so much. Without these tutorials I would still be stumped with how to use this program. I am learning more each time I watch one of these lessons. Please keep them coming!

  7. Kenneth

    March 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Great tutorials on b lend modes. I had a basic understanding of these blend modes but now I have a more in-depth knowledge of how, why and when to use them. One of most frustrating thing about using Elements is getting the results you want but don’t why you got them so that you can use that feature more creatively. Hope more videos will explain the why as well as the how.

  8. Greg

    March 7, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I’m with luca. In fact I think I might renew first thing tomorrow morning.

  9. Judith

    March 7, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Just finished your third tutorial. I’m ready to start putting it to practice! I like your style of teaching-keeping it simple really works for me. This has been a great series. I’ll look forward to more from you.

  10. Tony

    March 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Thank you for this very instructive tutorial!

  11. Alfred

    March 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Matt,

    to me that was a reveltion, totally understandable ( tho’ my memory fails sometimes) and wonderful to hear and see the possibilities…now all i have to do is try and remember and practice till I get the hang of it, somebody said this lesson, or series of lessons was worth the cost of a years subscriptiom and I agree..thank you once more….”Ben”

  12. Diane

    March 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Excellent examples and explanations.

  13. Charlie

    March 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Great series of tutorials well worth the price of admission!

  14. Ronald

    March 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Three good videos…. learned a lot, Thx Matt!!


  15. Daniel

    March 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm


  16. Edward

    March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Super three GREAT videos, also learned a lot. now have to give it a try. Thanks Mr Ed.

  17. Nelson L

    March 23, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Matt, great stuff. You are a natural for teaching and I like you sense of humor.
    Thanks again and keep on teaching.

    Nelson L.

  18. Steve

    March 24, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Thanks Matt, all great video, you answered many questions for me.

  19. Lana

    March 25, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Thank you these three videos were great.

  20. Christopher

    March 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

    CLICK! The light is on. Thanks Matt.

  21. Barbara

    March 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    WOW! I never knew WHY the blend modes do what they do. All 3 videos…as said before…are worth the price of admission…or in this case…the price of the subscription to PET! Thank you for making it so easy to understand!!!

  22. John

    March 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Incredible! Great lesson! This is why I keep subscribing to PET. The magazine is good, but these videos add so much more. Thanks!

  23. Sharon

    March 26, 2012 at 1:01 am

    I loved all three of the blend mode videos. You made it so easy and so logical! Thanks a million!

  24. Walter E.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Great series Matt, and very informative. Thank you!
    Now I need to figure out how I can best use these tutorials to improve scanned newspaper clippings that are yellowed from age.

  25. Rochelle

    March 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    WOW — just watched all three videos and learned so much!
    Thanks Matt for all you do for us!

  26. Steve

    April 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm


  27. Mendel A

    May 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    The DAVID BLAINE of Photoshop — Absolutely Magical !

  28. Sally

    May 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    very nice – I learned a lot from all three of the videos on Blend Modes

  29. Gail

    June 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    WOW, simple techniques but so effective. Thank you.

  30. Jacqueline

    July 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    yes, renew subscription today! Thanks, Matt – you make everything simple – and I can even remember your tutorials – even with my “senior” moments :)

  31. Raymond

    July 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Matt, you are a super teacher. You make complicate actions simple. More, you explain how those actions work. Thank you.

  32. Kevin

    August 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    another great video ! Still my first week here with PET and (PSE too), and already i’ve learned more than i thought would be possible thanks to the great info available on this site !

  33. Elizabeth

    October 22, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.

    The above is what I get when I try to watch most of your videos. Please tell me what to do to correct since I just paid your $99.00 for this site.

    Thank you
    Elizabeth Eppley

  34. Sanu

    November 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Excellent tutorial. Well worth the subscription.

  35. Jose

    December 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I have been away from using PET… I’ve just finished watching your 3 part series on Blend Modes…. It is a wonderful “refresher” to say the least…. Thank you and well done….. Keep them coming!

  36. Mike

    December 30, 2012 at 12:04 am


    I’m very new to Elements and have just subscribed to Element User. First question, where did you get the ‘texture’ in your third use of blend modes?

    Second, I’m a bit swamped with the website, where do you suggest I begin?

    Hope you can advise

  37. Gerald

    January 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Great video; this will definitely make my snaps better. Many thks.

  38. Allan

    January 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    So many hours, so many photos, so many corrections gone by . . . and yet such a simple, clean technique. I should have spent the money on the subscription long ago. Thanks for sharing Matt!

  39. Shirley

    March 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I get the same “Windows Media Player” message as above. Don’t know what to do next to watch tutorials

    • Ronald

      May 14, 2013 at 10:46 am

      install Apple Quicktime (free)

  40. IsaBella

    November 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    can’t wait to try tis…looks amazingly simple.. thanks for the great tutorials..always welcome

  41. Edward

    December 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    These are great instructions. I have just finished re-doing some of my previos edits using these blending tips. Much easier using these instructions and BETTER results too. How about doing more on the selection tools?

  42. Lisa

    December 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Love your one and three blend tutorials! Where is tutorial number two for blend modes on the site? Please direct me to its location! Thank you.

  43. Alfred

    June 16, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    brilliant ,as always…a wonderful set of videos and information for those of us who don’t know from nothing., .great stuff, thank you “ben

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