Photoshop: Small improvements for “Blend If” function

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Hey, Adobe!

I love the “Blend If” function, found in the Layer Style Blending Options. Thanks to fantastic author Dan Margulis, I’ve been using this with my images in the Lab color space and sledge hammering my colors into submission. I thought of some improvements.

Sliders: Right now, I use Blend If by using the sliders, and splitting the sliders to gradate the blending. However, sometimes it is difficult to be precise. I see those number values to which the sliders correspond and I’d sure like to edit them directly or with an arrow key, just like I can change the numerical values in a Curves color correction layer. I can't imagine that this would be too difficult to see happen and it would make my life a whole lot easier. Also, in 10-bit or greater, maybe we could see a decimal value in there.

More options for blending gradation: So right now, when I split a slider, the effect is a linear gradation between the two points. It would be nice to have some additional options, like a simple gamma or S-curve, to change the behavior of the blend. It could even be tied to the Contour Curves that can be seen elsewhere in the Layer Style menu, under Bevel & Emboss and many others.

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Bruce Jamieson

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