Exclusion

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I thought my hand must have slipped when I first discovered this: you can cycle through a layer's blending modes by selecting the Move tool and then using Shift + and Shift -.

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The second of the two Comparative blending modes is Exclusion. It is similar to Difference, but produces a lower-contrast result. Blending with white inverts the underlying image, while black is the neutral color and has no effect.

Using Exclusion

Apart from the fact that an Exclusion self-blend cannot produce black, much of what we know about using Difference also applies to Exclusion Often one just toggles between these modes with keyboard shortcuts such as Alt/ Option-Shift-plus or -minus It's just a matter of how much contrast suits the picture

KEYBOARD SHORTCUT

Windows: Alt+Shift+X Mac: Option+Shift+X

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Cycle through blending modes

I thought my hand must have slipped when I first discovered this: you can cycle through a layer's blending modes by selecting the Move tool and then using Shift + and Shift -.

An Exclusion self-blend doesn't produce black.

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Photoshop often provides more than one way to achieve the same result We can add a halo to an image using a little blur, but another technique is to nudge either the base or blend layer so that it is offset The result is similar, but more reminiscent of a rim around high-contrast edges than the soft halo produced by using blur It makes no difference whether you move the base or the blend, and you might want to try varying the opacity too.

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Try nudging either the base or the blend layer. Here, I exaggerated the movement, but just a few pixels' movement produces rims around the subject.

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Exclusion's result is softer than Difference's output, especially in the midtones, which no longer go black.

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