A quick review of my entry about Linear Burn reminds us that Linear Burn was similar to Multiply mode — just “darker.” So, surprise, Linear Dodge is similar to Screen mode — just “lighter.”

Let’s start again with my rose picture:

Add a pawprint layer:

The lighter the area on the pawprint layer, the brighter the rose layer becomes:

(Download sample. psd file)

Just as Linear Burn results in a darker image (save for pure white blending areas), Linear Dodge will usually result in a lighter image. This means that we can add another method of quickly lightening images into our growing list of techniques! Let’s start with the baby hand image that I used in the Screen Mode example:

One duplicated layer, set to Linear Dodge, results in a much lighter image:

You can always play with the opacity of that layer to tone down the brightness.

(Download sample. psd file)

Corrie is the lead designer and developer for PixelMill and their in-house brand, jgtemplates. This would-be triathlete has a mathematics degree but wishes she had double-majored in computer science and art instead. Maybe next time...

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  • chetan

    Thanks….. for such useful tips

  • Marco

    Great series of articles, Corrie.

    Don’t you find Color Dodge a bit confusing? The definition refers to decreasing the contrast, but the mode actually increases contrast as you say.


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