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Chapter 5. Layers & Styles > Changing layer opacity

Changing layer opacity

This is the way to create a soft drop shadow.

To soften the edge of a layer:

1.
Choose a selection tool, then select the object whose layer you want to soften (Fig. 1).


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2.
On the Object Layers palette, click on the name of the layer that you want to soften (Fig. 2).


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3.
On the Layer palette, move the Softness slider (0–10). 0 will produce a hard edge; 10 will produce a soft, feathered edge (Figs. 34). Now, to lighten the layer, see the next page. To make it larger or smaller, see the previous page. To offset it (Fig. 5), see page 70.


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