Step 9: Flatten Image And Blend

■ Choose Layer ^ Flatten Image to merge all the layers and the layer mask.

■ Choose Image ^ Apply Image to get the Apply Image dialog box shown in Figure 34.12.

One of the ways you can build up density and color saturation is to duplicate a layer and then blend the two layers together by using one of the blend modes, such as Multiply. The Apply Image feature works exactly the same as if you duplicated layers and then blended them with a blend mode, except you can do all this in one easy step, with one layer, and consume far less memory.

■ Click the Blending box to get a pop-up menu. Choose Multiply. The image then looks unaccept-ably dark. You can lighten the effect by reducing the Opacity %. Try setting Opacity to 40%; click OK to apply the settings.

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