Quick Tips

Cycling through Layer Blend Modes (part 1)

Sometimes it's useful to quickly cycle through your blend modes to see which one works best.

Manually clicking on each one just isn't quick, so try this: Click on the Blend Mode list in the top left of the Layers panel to select a blend mode.

Then press Shift + (plus key) to cycle down the list and Shift – (minus key) to go back up.



  1. Erin 2 May, 2009 at 19:19 Reply

    Rommel – I’ve always used that method in CS3. It makes life so easy!

    I recently upgraded to CS4 and I have to manually select each one…what a pain! Unfortunately the Shift + (-) method doesn’t work. Any other ideas?

  2. Paul 24 July, 2012 at 14:38 Reply

    I knew how to do this on a PC already. It’s nonsense like this that makes switching platforms much more frustrating than it should. As if Adobe isn’t useless at streamlining their Suite, but the “minor” differences between PC and Mac aren’t so “minor” when it’s part of your everyday routine.

    Thanks for the tip, though! It’s another step away from totally loathing this Mac.

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