In Linearity Curve (formerly Vectornator), you can edit images to your documents to aid your design process, including color filling, blending, or vectorizing them into new and exciting forms.
Blend modes influence how a painting or editing tool affects an image's pixels. The image below showcases how two images interact when the top circle applies different blend modes.
Here are a few examples of blend modes that you'll be able to use on your images in Curve:
The ‘normal’ blend mode is the default in most applications. It obscures the lower layer by covering it with whatever is contained in the top layer.
This blend mode shows the darkest values of the base and the blend images. It will not change anything if the colors are the same or the overlapped layer is lighter than the original.
This blend mode multiplies the base color by the blend image. This option is great to use for shading.
If you want to quickly apply an asset with a white background to your comp without manually removing it, you can easily do that with multiply!
Hue is a blending mode that affects only the base layer's hue or color while maintaining the blend layer's brightness and saturation.
It creates a result color with the base color's luminance and saturation and the blend color's hue. Essentially, the top blend shape, set to Hue, will “color” the shapes below with whatever color you put on the blend shape and adjust the color to take on the brightness and saturation of the layers beneath.
Lighten is a blending mode used in graphic design to lighten the base layer's colors based on the blend layer's colors.
It compares the colors of the two layers and selects the lightest colors from each. Only the darker pixels in the base layer than the corresponding pixels in the blend layer are affected, while lighter pixels remain unchanged.
Screen is a commonly used blending mode that brightens images and enhances their vibrancy. It achieves this by multiplying the inverse of the colors in the blend layer with the base layer. The brighter parts of the blend layer have a more significant impact on the image than the darker parts, resulting in a lightening effect.
Screen blending mode often creates glowing effects or makes an image appear more vibrant.
The overlay is a blending mode that combines the colors of the blend layer with the base layer to create a high-contrast and vibrant effect.
It multiplies the colors in the base layer with those in the blend layer if its colors are brighter than 50% gray. If the blend layer's colors are darker than 50% gray, the base layer's colors are multiplied by the inverse of the blend layer's colors.
Difference is a blending mode that displays the difference between the colors of the blend layer and the base layers’ colors. It subtracts the blend layer's color value from the base layer's.
The resulting image shows the absolute difference between the colors of the two layers. If the colors in the blend and base layers are identical, the resulting image will be black. Otherwise, it shows the difference between those colors.
Exclusion is a blending mode similar to Difference but provides a less contrasting and saturated effect. It shows the difference between the colors of the two layers but with reduced saturation and subtler contrast compared to the Difference blending mode. This blending mode helps create softer, muted effects or blend two images while preserving some details and textures.
Saturation is a blending mode that alters the base layer's saturation or intensity while preserving the blend layer's hue and brightness. It replaces the base layer's saturation with the saturation of the blend layer. The resulting image maintains the hue and brightness of the blend layer while incorporating the blend layer's saturation.
Color is a blending mode that affects the base layer's hue and saturation while preserving the blend layer's brightness. It replaces the base layer's hue and saturation with the hue and saturation of the blend layer. The resulting image retains the blend layer's brightness but incorporates the blend layer's hue and saturation.
Luminosity is a blending mode that solely affects the base layer's brightness while keeping the blend layer's hue and saturation. It replaces the base layer's brightness with the brightness of the blend layer. The resulting image retains the blend layer's hue and saturation while incorporating the blend layer's brightness.