How to Multiply in Photoshop

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Multiplying is kind of adding color to something until its as dark as it can be. Multiply in Photoshop with help from a 3D and 2D animator in this free video clip.

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My name's Aaron Kromann, and I'm going to show you how to multiply in Photoshop. Multiplying is kind of adding color to something and until it's kind of dark as it can be. And it works well for like when coloring drawings with black lines and also when coloring black and white pictures. So, we have a black and white image and well, you know what, I want to color it. It's a little too black and white for me, to be honest. Maybe want to select a few areas I want colored, kind of make them pop. So, I'm going to take a color, maybe a little kind of orangish. And that's fine. And I'm currently using kind of a normal brush. Let's just make sure, yeah, 19, oh maybe go a little bit bigger, and I'm going to set the mode, the coloring mode to multiply. And what multiply does is it kind of adjusts the color without touching the tone. So, it's still the same black and white and color is a gray, but you're just adding a little tint to it. You're adding a tint of color to the thing that you're coloring. Since multiply tints the tones, it doesn't really do anything to black, which makes it very good for when you're making drawings. So, yeah I'm not going to color in the lines too much. And this good for you know, you can make something pop out and make you know, some movies have things specifically colored. Now, what I did right here is something you have to watch out for, is when you're using the multiply mode with the brush, if you recolor over an area, it's going to multiply that color as well. And then you do that again and it will make it even darker depending on how much you have on there. And see, and when I go outside of it it's still the same color, it just makes that color more saturated. So, let's go with the, so let's go with the different color. I'm going to take off the multiply and going to go back to normal. And I'm going to make a new layer. And I'm going to change the color, let's make it just kind of a boring brown. And make the brush, a right click to open up the brush preset menu and just kind of, and this looks just like I am coloring with markers or something, and just crude and everything. Now even going to paint in the line, hah, that's what I think of your lines. And just kind of crude with color all over the tree too. Well, let's use multiply. Let's change to the layer mode to multiply. And here it's doing the same exact thing as it did with the, when we were painting directly on the picture. Except the difference is, let's put it back to normal, is that no matter how much you color over this, it's still going to stay the same color because all you're doing is you're using the entire layer and turning it too multiply. This way it won't do that but if you go to your, back to your brush and hit multiply, it'll still change it in to different colors. So, a few little tips and tricks to keep in mind. My name is Aaron Kromann. Good luck with your art.

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