Blending in Pixlr Desktop

 

Blending for type and stickers is only available for Pro members. 

Type and stickers, all contain blending, which intelligently blends one image seamlessly into another. All you need to do is import and position the image over the original image, resize it, and adjust the opacity, if necessary.

How do I lighten a sticker or type?

There are a couple blend tools you can use for this:

  • Use lighten to take a sticker or type and the image to compare pixels, and displays the lighter of the two.
  • Use screen to produce an overall lightening effect, by providing a softer lightening effect than add. Each pixel on a sticker or type is brightened by a value equal to or lesser than the value of pixels in your original image, occupying the same location in the image. This effect is opposite to multiply and similar to projecting multiple photographic slides simultaneously onto a single screen.

    TIP If the sticker or type uses tints (colors mixed with white), most of the color from the layer below will be obscured. If it uses shades (colors mixed with black), more color from the image shows through.

  • Use add to lighten the overall composition, similar to screen, but more dramatically. Each pixel is brightened by a value equal to or lesser than the value of pixels of the image occupying the same location.

    TIP If the sticker or type uses tints (colors mixed with white), most of the color from the image below will be obscured. If it uses shades (colors mixed with black), more of the color from the image below to shows through.

  • Use overlay, a mix of multiply and screen, to take dark values, multiply them, and screen light values from the image below. The highlights and shadows of the sticker or type are preserved. The colors from both sources are mixed to reflect the lightness or darkness of the original image.
  • Use soft light, a mix of darken and lighten, to take dark values, multiply them, and screen light values from the image below; however, in this case, the effect is softer and more subtle than overlay. The effect is similar to shining a diffused spotlight on the original image.
  • Use hard light, which is similar to overlay (just more dramatic), to determine the pixel color based on grayscale. More than 50% gray, image pixels are screened. Less than 50% gray, they are multiplied. It is similar to shining a harsh spotlight on the original image.
  • Use Difference to subtract the darker pixels of both the sticker or type, and original image from the lighter ones. If the sticker or type contains white, the colors from the original image are displayed. If they contain black, there is no change.

How do I make an added image look like it's part of the original photo? 

One trick is to darken what you’re adding to the photo, if the photo is darker. There are a couple blend tools you can use for this:

  • Use darken to take a sticker or type, compare its pixels to the main image, and displays the darker of the two.
  • Use multiply to produce an overall darkening effect. Each pixel is darkened by a value equal to or greater than the value of pixels in your image, occupying that location. It produces a similar effect to combining one or more photographic transparencies together and looking through them.

    TIP If the sticker or type uses tints (colors mixed with white), more of the color from the image will show through. If it uses shades (colors mixed with black), most of the color from the image is obscured.

How do I remove blending?

While still in the tool, change the blend tool to normal. Once out of the tool, use  to undo the blend.

 

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