Is there a way to mix colors in Photoshop. For instance, here is what I want to do.


But here is what I get when using Multiply blending mode as suggested elsewhere on the internet. enter image description here

I've also tried the opacity method, but I'm trying to emulate smoke so the opacity is already lower and so doesn't really work.

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You can do it like this:

  1. Red layer on top set to "Lighten"

  2. Blue layer under that

  3. Duplicate of Red layer on bottom, set to "Normal"

  4. Link both red layers


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If you want a darker purple fill the top red shape a darker red

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