I have this very intricate cutout with very bright colors. They are so bright I like them better when they are in multiply blend mode against its backdrop. However, I can't leave them that way, because I need to export these cutouts to use them as transparent pngs in an interactive way later. So what's the easiest way to get these cutouts in the shade as if they are in the multiply mode? I mean potentially I can re-edit each individual cutout by changing its curve and saturation, but what would be a good workflow for this? Any suggestions?

  • Hi practicemakesperfect, welcome to GD.SE. I'm agree with @Wolff you should add some example images in your question
    – user120647
    Jun 19, 2019 at 19:17
  • Have you tried Edit > Copy Merged?
    – 13ruce
    Jun 19, 2019 at 20:10
  • @13ruce, the OP wants to maintain the transparency of the cutout on top. If you "Copy Merged" with a background layer visible below, the transparency of the cutout is lost.
    – Wolff
    Jun 20, 2019 at 15:46
  • @Wolff Not if the intricate cutout the OP spoke of is selected before the Copy Merged. Transparency is copied but layer effects like multiply are flattened.
    – 13ruce
    Jun 20, 2019 at 20:51

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Without seeing your artwork, it's hard to tell if this will work for you, but here's my suggestion:

You have a layer with a cutout:

You think the colors look better when multiplied on the background below:

Ctrl + click the thumbnail of the cutout layer to create a selection using that layer's opacity:

Select the cutout and background layers, click the Create a new group button and finally click the Add layer mask button.

Now you have the same opacity as before, but the colors of the cutout are blended with the colors of the background layer.

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