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Transparency

Using Illustrator's transparency controls , artists can add a touch of realism to their drawings. Study a real object on your desk for a minute, such as a lamp, or your keyboard if it's in one of the jelly colors. When a lamp is on, the shade looks semi-transparent rather than solid. You might say “The shade is white” when you describe it, but in reality it's not a dense, solid white, especially when a light bulb is projecting light through it. Objects in real life have different densities, depending on what material they're made of. If you have the capacity to render light filtering through various materials, you can create a sense of realism.

Figure 1. Various opacities and blending modes were applied to some of these objects.



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