Yes, my friends, it’s time for another relaxing frolic in the frothy foam of Martini Hour. Oh, I know, one doesn’t usually associate martinis with frothiness, but in this episode the lounge I dusted off my blender to whip up some Ramos Fizzes in homage to this week’s theme: Blend modes.
And while the drinks may be sweet and frothy, the discussion is crisp and clarifying as a classic olive-laden martini. Here’s what we whipped up for you:
The Photoshop Secret Handshake: Blend Modes
The aforementioned blend modes are a secret handshake if ever there was one. Listen as Deke implies he might have even coined the term “blend mode.” Although there are several blend modes to choose from, we take a particularly close look at the weirdest, the “contrast” modes: Overlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light, Pin Light, and Hard Mix. I also manage to remember a term from my undergraduate psychology degree when I’m referring to the efficient functioning of Deke’s brain.
This Weeks’ Question (from Joseph Francis on the Deke Hotline)
Joseph wants to know why Deke chooses to blend RGB channels with Screen instead of Add. Listen as Deke geeks out, and explains his rationale. And then I find a way to further show off my vast knowledge, this time in the field of mythology, as I compare Deke to the Greek hero Theseus. (Apparently, drinking Ramos Fizzes actually unlocks bits of vestigial liberal arts education.)
This Week’s Toast
It’s all about Budz, our groovemaster band leader and the guy who makes the lounge actually come to life. Cin cin (™Petra), Buddy. (And Dragan too!)
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