#2. "RE: When are you using Blending Modes in NX2?" In response to Reply # 0
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It really depends on the image. In Photoshop I used pretty much all of them on a regualr basis, but with the U point controls and NIK filters, I do it less so on a global basis and more on a selective basis. Blending modes are very powerful and can make significant differences in an image, especially supplied selectively.
#6. "RE: When are you using Blending Modes in NX2?" In response to Reply # 5
Hayo, As usual, you are absolutely correct. The 'overlay' blending mode generally is considered to fall into the contrast increasing category of blending modes. And to add insult to injury, I just discovered that neither the darken or lighten blending modes appear to do anything in my copy of NX2(2.2.4). I could have sworn that they worked in a previous version, but maybe the adjustment layer was not empty when I used them. Oh well, 'multiply' is a good substitute and works with an "empty" layer. Thanks for catching that!
#8. "RE: When are you using Blending Modes in NX2?" In response to Reply # 7
Darken and lighten do work, just not with an empty layer. This is to be expected though as both blending modes are meant to show only the darker/lighter pixels of the new layer and with an empty layer all pixels on that layer are the same...