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Multiply, This Layer: 0, 55/128

Figure 13-22: By Alt-dragging a This Layer slider triangle, you can create gradual transitions between the opaque and transparent portions of a layer.

Duplicate layer, Screen, This Layer: 128/220, 255

Figure 13-22: By Alt-dragging a This Layer slider triangle, you can create gradual transitions between the opaque and transparent portions of a layer.

Using the Underlying Layer slider is a bit trickier. It typically works best when you're trying to force through very bright or dark details, such as the highlights in the sunset sky and the shadows in the water. It also helps to work with a foreground layer that has lots of flat areas of color for the background to show through. Here's what I did to create Figure 13-23:

♦ For starters, I applied Filter ^ Other ^ High Pass to my thinker layer, as in the first example of Figure 13-23. This created lots of gray areas for the underlying pixels to shine through.

♦ I applied the radical Color Dodge mode to this layer. I left the first Underlying Layer triangle at 0. Then I split the second one and moved the left half to 80 and the right half to 200. This forced through the darkest pixels, fading them out as they got lighter.

♦ Next, I duplicated the layer, applied the Color Burn mode, and fiddled with the Underlying Layer triangles until the values read 100/150 and 180/255. The result is a vibrant composition that nicely sets off the thinker's tattoos.

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