Blend modes are Photoshop and Photoshop Elements (photo editors) features that did not come to Premiere Elements (video editor) until Premiere Elements 11. The choices of blend modes and concept of how they work are similar in Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. One application of blend mode in Premiere Elements might be to lighten or dark a video or still clip that is too light or too dark. Like Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements blend mode concept needs two instances of a file. When other than "Normal" blend mode is selected, the two files interact as per the details of the blend mode selected. See above link.
A typical Premiere Elements workflow with regard to blend mode might include
- Original video or still clip (which is too light or two dark) on Video Track 1
- Duplicate of original video or still clip on Video Track 2 directly above original on Video Track 1
- Selection of Video Track 2's duplicate and application of blend mode to the duplicate (if too dark, try blend mode Lighten or Screen; if too light, try blend mode Darken or Multiply)
Where are the blend modes in Premiere Elements 11, 12/12.1, and 13/13.1?
In Premiere Elements 11, 12/12.1, and 13/13.1, blend modes can be found Expert workspace* Applied Effects Tab/Applied Effects Palette/Opacity Panel expanded. Refer to Figure 1.
|Figure 1. Premiere Elements 13/13.1 Blend Mode "Normal" For Jpeg Still|
Some examples when different blend mode applied to same Video Track 2 jpeg still clip (Opacity 100%).
Some examples when different blend mode applied to same Video Track 2 video clip (SD MPEG4.avi) when 2 video clips were used instead of 2 jpeg still clips (Opacity 100%).
Lots to explore and experiment with regarding using blend modes in Premiere Elements 11, 12/12.1, or 13/13.1...here done on Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 64 bit. The blog post has dealt with 2 clips, one original and one a duplicate of the other and the blend mode applied to the Video 2 duplicate clip.
Also look at
- Blend mode with Video 2 clip graphic instead of duplicate of the Video 1 clip
- Video 2 with the original clip to which the blend mode is applied and Video 1 as a color matte with varying colors.
- Description of "using blending modes" toward the end of the Adobe document "Adobe Premiere Elements Help / Apply effects using Adjustment layers"
*Details for Quick workspace and applying blend mode in Opacity Panel expanded.....
The Opacity Panel expanded with the blend mode options is seen in the Quick as well as the Expert workspace. But, the issue here goes to how to create the overlay (duplicate) for the Filmstrip's scene slot's original file. What worked was dragging the original's file from its hard drive save location into the Quick workspace's Monitor and, from the pop up menu, selecting "Place On Top".
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