Applying the Add command

The best way to demonstrate how these commands work is to offer an example. To create the effects shown in Figures 13-25 and 13-26, I began with the thinker and sunset shown way back in Figure 13-3.

After switching to the Sunset image and choosing Image ^ Apply Image, I selected the Thinker image from the Source pop-up menu. (I happened to be working with flat, grayscale images, so I didn't have to worry about the Layer and Channel options.) I selected the Add option from the Blending pop-up menu and accepted the default Scale and Offset values of 1 and 0, respectively, to achieve the first example in Figure 13-25. The thinker went blindingly white, much lighter than he would under any other blend mode, even Color Dodge. To improve the quality and detail of the image,

I changed the Scale value to 1.2 to slightly downplay the brightness values and entered an Offset value of -60 to darken the colors uniformly. The result of this operation is the more satisfactory image shown in the second example of the figure.

Add, Scale: 1, Offset: 0

Figure 13-25: Two applications of the Add blend mode from the Apply Image command, each subject to different Scale and Offset values.

Figure 13-25: Two applications of the Add blend mode from the Apply Image command, each subject to different Scale and Offset values.

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