Sandwiching a filtered image

When you sandwich a filtered image between two originals — which, as you may recall, is what all this is leading up to — you can lessen the effect of the filter and achieve different effects than those I discussed in Chapter 11. Layers and blend modes give you the flexibility to experiment as much as you want and for as long as you please.

In Color Plate 13-3, I copied the woman's face to a new layer, and then I applied Filter ^ Sketch ^ Charcoal with the foreground color set to dark purple and the background color set to green. The top row of images in the color plate show what happened when I used three different blend modes — Hard Light, Color, and Difference — to mix the Charcoal image with the underlying original.

I next cloned the background layer and moved it above the Charcoal layer, so that the filtered image resided between two originals, creating a sandwich. The originals are the bread of the sandwich, and the Charcoal layer is the meat (or the eggplant, for you vegetarians). The bottom row demonstrates the effects of applying each of three blend modes to the top slice of bread, which interacts with the blend mode applied to the Charcoal meat shown above. For example, in the second column, I applied the Hard Light mode to the filtered image to achieve the top effect. Then I created the top layer and applied the Soft Light mode to get the bottom effect.

Soft Light Color Dodge Color Burn

Soft Light Color Dodge Color Burn

Figure 13-14: Examples of a few additional blend modes with the leaf on the front layer (top row) and the woman in front (bottom row).

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