Photoshop Tip: Exclusion

I have been creating Space art scenes for a long time. The elements I use are either made from scratch or from stock images. After combining many elements I finish the artwork by adding a top-most Shape layer with a Blend Mode of Exclusion.

Photoshop’s Exclusion blend mode help give your work a cohesive or seamless look especially if you’re into digital art.

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Another plus is to adding Exclusion is that it can enhance the colour tone of your work. Space art typically has a dark theme and it has a tendency to look drab or dull or cold. Adding Exclusion does improve it – I usually add a red or purple exclusion to my Space artworks to make it look warmer like the example above.

So how do you apply Exclusion? Simple:

  1. Create a layer and make it the top-most layer
  2. Give it a near-black hue
  3. Change the Blend Mode to Exclusion

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That’s it. You can play around with the hues. If you want to give it a morning or dusk look, give it a purple exclusion like the image above. If you want to add warmth to your scene – give it a red or range Exclusion. Here is a sample variation:

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You can add layers of various Exclusion hues. You should be careful not to overdo it else it can ruin the image. Keep it subtle.

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