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Mind Blowing “Blend If” Photoshop Trick That You Don’t Know – 90-Second Tip #01

October 9, 2019

In this 90-second Photoshop tip, you’ll
learn and advanced method for creating blends with the “Blend If” sliders. Hi, Jesus Ramirez here for the
Photoshop Training
Channel. You might remember that in a recent tutorial
I showed you how you could use “Blend If” in the Layer Style dialog to do sky replacements. You can do so by selecting the blue channel,
and on the “This Layer” section, drag the White Point to the left to hide blue pixels. Don’t forget that you can hold Alt Option
on the Mac and click on the point to split it in two. Then separate them to create smoother transitions. As you can see, this works magic! You can see that the new sky came through
even those difficult areas in between the leaves and branches. The problem is that sometimes you may need
to adjust the layer, and when you do the sky comes back. That’s because “Blend If” uses color and luminosity
to create the blend. If you change those, then the blend changes. Look at the at the layer thumbnail! The sky is there, do you see it? The advanced tip that I want to show you today
is that you can right-click on the layer where you applied the blend and select Convert to Smart Object. Look at the layer thumbnail now. Do you see a difference? There is now actual transparency where the
sky used to be. If you make an adjustment, the sky will not come back because the pixels are now truly hidden! I’m curious to know if this was something
new for you. Simply type “yes it was” or “no it wasn’t” in
the comments! Also, let me know if you would like
to see more short tutorials. Don’t forget to subscribe and to join the
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  • Reply Photoshop Training Channel March 6, 2018 at 5:09 am


    📺 Watch ALL my 90-second Photoshop tips here!

  • Reply Kamalraj Sekar March 30, 2019 at 1:18 am


  • Reply View Paul March 30, 2019 at 6:58 am

    yes bro
    nice idea ..

  • Reply Ross Hubbard April 2, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Outstanding short video Jesus! Especially that Smart Object tip. Yes, I'd love to see more short subjects

  • Reply Rui Coelho April 2, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Yes 😉

  • Reply Paul Blashkevitch April 5, 2019 at 1:36 pm


  • Reply Ilm o Fun April 8, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Yes, and yes.

  • Reply George Rosema April 8, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    yes it was

  • Reply Neeraj R April 8, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Yes it was

  • Reply Troy Linton April 8, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you! Been doing this the hard (and amateurish) way. Appreciate the short tutorials!

  • Reply Marisa Liberato April 8, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    i have seen this turorial before but this if the first time i have tried it, love it, once again many thanks

  • Reply Marisa Liberato April 8, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    just a question about this method, how do you eliminate the slight fringing that occurs

  • Reply Ray Acosta April 9, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Yes, pretty new!

  • Reply Tr Whitford April 9, 2019 at 12:55 am


  • Reply J Veee April 9, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Yes, it was new and I like it. So you just chose another sky photo that became visible when you made the adjustments? That sky looked like it had the ground portion already made transparent. Can anyone help me understand this better?

  • Reply Burt Brown April 9, 2019 at 5:46 am

    LOL! Yep, that was new and fantastically easy!!! Many thanks!!! Love the quick tips!!

  • Reply Perry Normore April 10, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Thank you so much for your video tutorials… I love how you teach, very easy to follow.. Like your quick tutorials, and the longer in depth ones as well (great for learning theory)

  • Reply Zel Nat April 11, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Seriously – you're amazing.

  • Reply CHELOS stgo April 16, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Gracias por compartir. Hay tanto de PS que está escondido.

  • Reply bigbouncer75 April 18, 2019 at 4:29 am


  • Reply Rahul Kumar April 18, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    very useful

  • Reply Michael Hartigan April 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Love it. Great stuff!!

  • Reply Plastic Arcade April 19, 2019 at 12:25 am

    very kool

  • Reply James Pilz April 20, 2019 at 3:09 am

    this was new for me! Love the advanced tip about real transparency!

  • Reply Paul Tomlin April 27, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Awesome tip! I love your 90 second tips videos!

  • Reply aaz148a April 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    New! thanks

  • Reply Lynn Johnson May 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    yes, this is new to me and I will use it, thank you

  • Reply Suliman Algabarty May 9, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Thank you

  • Reply Soo Khiang OO1 May 12, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Wow didn't know that about smart objects thanks JR

  • Reply Jim Mauch May 12, 2019 at 5:40 pm


  • Reply Cheri Alli May 14, 2019 at 2:35 am

    so helpful! your videos are excellent!

  • Reply crix May 27, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    yes it was

  • Reply Ponte Ryuurui June 5, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Well smack my arse and call me Judie, that is genius

  • Reply Nusrath Ullah June 19, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Thanks Jesus

  • Reply Don Mayer June 22, 2019 at 1:07 am

    yes it was new to me

  • Reply Rob Stephenson June 29, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    yes thank you

  • Reply Mike C August 7, 2019 at 3:23 am

    yes indeed very new tip for me wow

  • Reply Barry Ashenhurst August 14, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Yep, first time. Thanks Jesus. One thing I'd like you tackle is print sharpening. I watched your tut on ACR sharpening but assumed that was for capture. How do you prefer to sharpen for print in Photoshop?

  • Reply Vee Boogie August 14, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Yes very new! best way to put in a sky everrrr!

  • Reply Tom Pressley September 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    yes, new to this

  • Reply Walter Thomson September 12, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Yes it was new and very helpful. Thank you.

  • Reply Roland Jacobs September 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm


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