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Using Photoshop CS3

by Florence W Deems
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  1. Open a photographic or other image in either Camera Raw or directly into CS3. If in Camera Raw, convert as usual, then open in CS3. Position this image down in lower right of screen.

  2. Get image size: Image>Image Size. Write down the pixel dimensions for width and height. Check okay.

  3. Create a new canvas: File>New. Enter the desired pixel dimensions for width and height of the new canvas in the pixels section. Change the color to white. Also, change the bit-depth to match that of the original image. Click okay. The new white canvas will appear in upper left of screen.

  4. Click move icon. Go to View>Show>Show Layer Edges.

  5. Click on the original image to make it active. Move it to fit onto the white canvas.

  6. Now start playing with the blend modes. Save as usual when you have found the effect you like.

Below are the results of my experiments with one image. Unless otherwise stated, all blend modes are 100% opacity. Click on thumbnails to see larger size.

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Color Burn 82%

Color Dodge 92%


Linear Burn

Linear Dodge


Normal 40%

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Vivid Light


Why would we want to do these blends, you might well ask? Some uses for select images would be as a book cover, as a tile design or as a fabric design. Wallpaper comes to mind. And how about brightening/lightening a favorite image to use as a webpage background? Note the background image used on this webpage. You'll be able to find creative uses for this type of doodling in CS3. Have fun.

Also, you might try using a black or other colored background, instead of white. You'll get different effects.

Another blend mode experiment.

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