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How to use behind and clear blending modes in Photoshop tutorial

Learn how to use clear and behind blending modes in Photoshop (using brushes) in CC 2018 2017 2015 2014 CS6 CS5 etc

Behind / clear blending modes

behind clear blending mode brushes photoshop how to use
  1. New document with transparent background

  2. Goto the custom shape tool and set foreground color to black (say) and apply shape as pixels to transparent background

  3. Change foreground color to orange (for example)

  4. Goto to the brush tool and select a brush and set the blending mode to 'behind'

  5. Apply brush stroke over and around the applied shape

  6. Set the blending mode to clear

  7. Apply over the end of the brush to 'erase' to transparent


The behind blending mode is a great way to add a quick glow to any shape or design with transparency as you can follow the shape with the brush stroke


It should be noted that in 'behind' blending mode, when you paint, you paint behind any pixels on the layer so if you have added to the shape with brush strokes, any new paint added to the layer will be painted 'behind' the existing pixel (though if it is the same color then there is no change (it is only if the color is different that you will notice the difference) - a great way to create a contour design etc. You can also use the behind blending mode with rasterized type layers as well


1. Letter / alphabetical type brushes for Photoshop, PSP etc used in the examples

Sources and references

1. Blending modes in Photoshop on


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