The lessons that I have just completed were all about blending modes. This is something that I have never heard of before. I see that they can be useful for making quick, global edits. For instance, if your picture was overexposed, a few of the blending modes help increase contrast. What took me a while to understand is that you need a colour layer on top of the image that you are working on. If you don’t, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. I spent quite a bit of time being frustrated that I could not make my program do what my online teacher could do with ease. However, I persevered and once I figured out the order of the layers I was off to the races.
Here is a photo of my little guy when he was just a few days old. I made the picture have a sepia tone in just a few quick clicks. I need to work more on figuring out what blending modes do what but I can certainly see their value!