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Mark Metternich wrote:
Thanks for reminding me that I need to take a look at "blend if." I briefly saw it a year or two ago, marked in mentally as something to look into... and then never did. ;-)
No problem Dan. If you Facebook I am posting a tutorial there soon. Here is what I just said to someone asking about the technique:
"There are so many techniques for blending and I believe this one, for the most part, renders them unnecessary. I like things simple and with the "Blend If' sliders, that is what you get. Simple and powerful at the same time. No more loads of layers and layer masks. Last week I showed someone via Skype (big name guy on the forums who is advanced in his skills) and he said: 'Wow, that is going to save me hours!' If one wants to use complicated masking, that is fine, but honestly I rarely see the need anymore."
Hey, just took a look at it and the concept seems pretty straightforward. Looks like it can work well in some situations, though I'll have to play with it more to get my mind completely around it. Probably won't replace the manual blending that I do, but good to this trick in the bag.
And... I was pleased to find that it works with smart layers since I virtually always work with them.