Step 3: Darken The Image

One way to darken an image without getting a pos-terization effect like you can get when using Levels is to duplicate a layer and then blend it with itself by using the Multiply blend mode. However, rather than taking the effort it takes to duplicate a layer, blend it and then flatten it again — the Apply Image command does it all in a single step with less consumption of your time and your PC's memory resources.

■ To darken the image, you blend the two layers in the Layers palette that now look like the one shown in Figure 31.5. Click the Blend mode box to get a pop-up menu. Choose Multiply and set Opacity to 65%.

■ Flatten the image by choosing Layer ^ Flatten Image.

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