We’ve talked about Blend Modes before, but today I would like to visit the often-overlooked Pin Light Blend Mode.
Blend modes change how two layers interact with each other. The most commonly used Blend Modes are Multiply, Screen, Overlay, and Soft Light; but Pin Light can work really well on certain products as well. (Blendables, Transfers, Paints, Overlays, and even Post Cards or Journal Cards, for example.)
Pin Light is included with the Contrast Modes. To access Pin Light (or any of the Blend Modes), click on the down-pointing arrow in the Blend Mode Box at the top of the layers panel; then scroll down to Pin Light.
We’ll start with 2 simple things – a post card (Vintage Valentine Postcards, SnickerdoodleDesigns) and a frame (Vintage Frames 03, ADBDesigns). Let’s put the design from the card on this frame. Here’s how:
Position the postcard on the frame; resize the postcard as desired.
Change the blend mode of the postcard to Pin Light.
Just like magic, we now see the design on the frame, and the background of the postcard is not visible.
To personalize the design, I erased (masked away) the “Leap Year 1908” text, and replaced it with the year this photo of my mother was taken.
Let’s look at another frame and another postcard. Using the same method, and the same Blend Mode of Pin Light:
Rather than using the entire postcard image, I like how using just a part of the postcard image added additional interest to this frame. Don’t forget you can resize frames to suit your needs; I resized this frame so that my small photo would fit perfectly. This is a photo of me and my Grandmother.
When experimenting with your own products, be sure to try all Blend Modes. Depending on the products you are using, as well as their color, other Modes might work equally well, or better, than Pin Light for you.
If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here: Blending Using Pin Light
Happy Valentine’s Day!