Blending Layer Groups in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

Layer Groups are, by default, set to display blending effects (such as opacity, blend modes etc.) just like any other layer in Photoshop. For example, if a layer in a Layer Group has its blend mode is set to “Multiply”, it will be multiplied (blended) with all other layers below it. In this default state, clicking on the Layer Group in the Layers panel displays “Pass Through” as the Layer Group’s blend mode (i.e: any blending applied to layers within the group is “passing through” the group to be applied to the layers below it).

 

Each Layer’s blend mode is set to multiply. The Layer Group is set to Pass Through.

Each Layer’s blend mode is set to multiply. The Layer Group is set to Pass Through.

To change this default behavior and limit the blending between layers to only those layers within the Layer  Group, target the Layer Group in the Layers panel and set the Layer Group’s blend mode to “Normal”. Note: the circles are still multiplied within the Layer Group (if each layer was set to Normal instead of multiply, all of the circles would appear the same color, but not the Background because the Background is not in the Layer Group).

Each Layer’s blend mode is set to multiply. The Layer Group is set to Normal.

Each Layer’s blend mode is set to multiply. The Layer Group is set to Normal.

 


Adobe Photoshop

Posted on 06-15-2016


Comments

  • By larryjwiiild - 8:40 AM on June 18, 2016  

    Great post Julieanne Kost;

    Is there a way to change the default behavior of Groups to, “Normal” mode?

    Thanks for all the great tips btw!

    larryjwiiild

    • By Julieanne Kost - 9:52 AM on June 20, 2016  

      Not that I know of. But you can use the shortcut: Option + Shift + N (Mac) | Alt + Shift + N (Win)