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Jared GardnerBlending mode for painter's palette?
by on Apr 19, 2015 at 2:16:13 pm

I should've learned this about two decades ago, but I need to know the appropriate blending mode for changing the color of objects when they overlap. All I'm trying to do is take 3 different solid colors - red, green, and blue, and have the parts of that are overlapping the other change the color to the 'actual' color that a painter would get if he mixed them on his palette.

I have three shape layers which are circles so this should be pretty easy, I just don't which blending mode to set these shapes to.

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Todd KoprivaRe: Blending mode for painter's palette?
by on Apr 19, 2015 at 10:24:07 pm

This is addressed in the blending mode reference section of After Effects Help:

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Darby EdelenRe: Blending mode for painter's palette?
by on Apr 20, 2015 at 2:31:01 am

Technically that'd be the multiply blend mode, but pure red and pure green multiplied together (for example) would result in pure black.

If your goal is to emulate real world paints then I'd definitely recommend using impure colors (not fully saturated and not a pure primary hue). I'd also suggest using colors closer to the subtractive primaries: Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.

Darby Edelen

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