Okay, this aptly named blend mode multiplies the base color by the blend
color to give us the result color. It always results in darker hues. Let's
Look again at the images in the step above. I placed a color sampler down
and took readings of each of the three colors used in the Multiply blend
mode. You can see the numerical values from my Info Palette. The
calculations for each of the RGB channels will be performed the same, so
let's just look at one, the Red Channel. In the Base Image, that's a pretty
light version of red, so you shouldn't be surprised to see a high numerical
value. It is 250. (Remember, 255 is white.) This is going to be multiplied
by the red channel in our blend image, which you see has a value of 46. But
those of you who think the answer should be 11,500 are failing to realize
that our Blend Color (46) is going to be translated to its percentage value,
which is 0.18 (46 is 18% of 255.) So the Result Color has a red channel
value of 45, since 250 x 0.18 = 45. So you see, unless you're blending a
layer of complete white, the resulting colors can't help but have a lower
value (closer to Black) than the base colors, since you're always
multiplying by something less than 100%.
(If you want to understand the math better, try working out the blue channel
and see how we got a result color value of 83.)
You can see my Multiply-ed result image at middle left, full of dark indigo
and violet. At bottom left, I've lowered the opacity on my blend image to
50% so you can see another possible outcome.
<com> wrote in message
options, what is it doing?