Working With Blending Modes: Add / Screen
In the previous Insight in this series, we looked at the Overlay blending mode. I’m back following up with two more blending modes. Remember, blending modes are a hugely powerful tool that can perform actions mathematically – in ways that are difficult to replicate using your normal color grading tools. In this Insight, we’re looking at two similar blending modes, with distinctly different feels – the Add and Screen modes. There are two different ways of using these modes, both with excellent results:
- You can Add or Screen an image back on itself. I often do this to provide a glow type effect.
- You can Add or Screen another image on top of your base image. I often do this to add a texture or light leak to the image.
In this Insight, you’re learning both methods. You can try this out yourself using the light leaks I’m using in this video. Download it from Projector Films, it’s their Pastel Shades light leak.