The Pass Through blending mode is only used for Layer Groups (Layer Groups were called Layer Sets in earlier versions of Photoshop CS2).
A layer group has its own blending mode. By default the blending mode is Pass Through (A). This means that all the adjustment layers or layer blending modes inside the layer group will affect all layers in and outside the group.
In our example the green circular shape turned into olive. Once we change the blending mode to anything different than Pass Through, in our example Normal, then we see how the Hue & Saturation adjustment only effects the layers inside the layer group; the yellow square turned into olive, but the square kept its green color.

Pass Through

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In Photoshop CS and earlier versions we were able to duplicate a mask by using the following steps:

Duplicate Mask CS- make the layer that needs a duplicate of a mask the active layer (it will now have a double border).

- drag/drop the mask (A) that you want to duplicate to the New Layer Mask icon at the bottom of the layers palette.







Things have changed in Photoshop CS2 and we’re now unable to use this method, because Photoshop CS2 doesn’t allow us to drop a mask on the New Layer Mask icon. The new method to duplicate a mask in Photoshop Cs2:

Duplicate Mask CS

- Hold down the Alt key (Option key on the Mac) and drag/drop the mask (B) you want to duplicate to the proper layer (it doesn’t matter which layer is the active layer).

Photoshop TV Episode 32Join Scott Kelby, Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski and guest Felix Nelson in the 32nd episode of Photoshop TV in which they talk about the following subjects:

- how to make a realistic looking 45rpm record
- getting rid of your digital photograph’s metadata
- a tour of Adobe’s Headquarters in San Jose, California
- use Adobe Bridge and Photoshop Services to make US Postage stamps out of your digital images
- a tutorial on hotkeys and shortcuts

UpdateAccording to PhotoshopNews there is an issue with the Windows update for Photoshop CS2; in some cases you will need two clicks to regain focus on your menu (an issue that we can confirm after some testing).
Check the article for a workaround.

The issue does not effect the Mac version of 9.0.1.

Photoshop TV Episode 31In this episode of Photoshop TV;

- how to create a multistroke using gradient stops.
- restore a faded photograph using multiply layers
- how to automate adding watermarks to an entire folder of images
- a trick on Camera RAW

Photoshop TV episode 27Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski continue to share their tips and news with the Photoshop community.
The 27th episode of Photoshop TV has the following subjects:

- make a photo ‘jump’ out of its border
- cut-out technique
- using Smart Objects
- photo-in-a-photo technique

- amazing photography tutorials at
- a sample issue of Photoshop User magazine
- tutorials at

- contest

There is an option when you add a drop shadow using a Layer Style that is called Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow. What does it do?

In the previous blog post we have learned what Fill Opacity is and what it can be used for.
In the attached example I have two blue circles with a drop shadow added by using a layer style.
Both layers have a fill opacity of 50%. The drop shadow effect has an option at the bottom called Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow and is selected by default. What it does is hiding the drop shadow effect, even after we reduce the fill opacity of the circular shape to make it more transparent. Deselecting this option allows us to see the complete drop shadow.

Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow

Most photoshop users know that they can increase the transparency of a layer by lowering the opacity. The fill option does exactly the same, but it does not affect effects that were added using a layer style.

Look at the image below. You can see 3 copies of a circular selection filled with red, with a bevel and drop shadow effect added by using a layer style. The shape on the left has a fill opacity of 100%, the shape in the middle a fill opacity of 50% and the shape on the right a fill opacity of 0%.
Notice that the fill opacity doesn’t affect the effects that were added by using a layer style. The 3 shapes at the bottom that were placed on top of a transparent background clearly show the separate effects, the shadows and highlights of the bevel and drop shadow effect.

One advantage of fill opacity is that it allows you to add multiple layer styles to multiple duplicates of the same object. The next example shows several layer styles that were added to the same objects, duplicates which layers all have a fill opacity of 0%. The result is something what never could have been achieved with a single layer style.

Tomorrow I’ll show another use of fill opacity.

Fill Opacity

Multiple Layer Styles

Photoshop TV episode 26
Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski are your hosts in the latest episode of Photoshop TV

- a technique to gold-plate your type
- quickly replace colors
- a quick lesson in using your basic flash unit to best effect
- a technique to turn a photo into a pencil sketch

- Apple lowers the price of Aperture
- Registration for Photoshop World Las Vegas now open
- New Web Gallery Wizard

This Week’s To-Do List
- Digital Wake Up Call workshop with David Ziser
- Jay Maisel Photography
- New version of Web Gallery Wizard released

Photoshop TV episode 25
In the 25th episode of Photoshop TV, Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski and guest Tim Grey share several tips and tricks:

- how to make photographic edges using custom shapes

- correct even the worst color imperfections

- uses channels to eliminate red eye

- make realistic portrait backgrounds

- filter gallery tips

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