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Lesson 3. Working with Layers in the Pro... > Working with Opacity and Blend Modes

Working with Opacity and Blend Modes

Now that you understand the basics of layers and sublayers and the position of objects on the Layers tab, let's look at the opacity and blend mode. Opacity comes from the word opaque, which describes a solid object that you cannot see through. If an image has 100 percent opacity, it appears solid, and you cannot see anything behind it. Opacity does not change the shape or size of an object; it changes only the level of transparency. An object with an opacity of 0 percent is completely transparent; you can completely see whatever is behind the object. If you set the opacity of an object to 50 percent, the object becomes 50 percent transparent relative to the object behind it.

Modifying Opacity in the Dashboard

Instead of showing solid photo objects moving across the screen, let's adjust the opacity so that we can see some of the map below.


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