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The Way of the Digital Photographer: Walking the Photoshop post-production path to more creative photography by Harold Davis

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Screen blending mode

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Finding some beautiful white dahlias blooming in my garden, I brought them into my studio and placed them on a light box. The back lighting heightened the transparent quality of the dahlias’ petals and made the flowers almost glow. I shot several sets of dahlia images, working with the exposures to make sure that I got a full dynamic range of lights and darks.

As I worked in Photoshop, in the post-production phase of my workflow, I kept the translucent aspect of the flower petals in mind. To add a sense of lightness to the petals of the dahlias, I used Screen blending mode and painstakingly painted in each petal on a layer ...

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