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Chapter 18. Transparency > Blending Modes

Blending Modes

If you are familiar with Photoshop, you may have used the blending modes for layers. What blending modes do is change how the colors of one object or layer interact with the colors of the objects or layers below it. Strictly speaking, the blending modes are not a transparency feature, but more a matter of how colors interact.

Applying Blending Modes

Illustrator's blending modes are controlled by the pop-up list in the Transparency palette, as seen in Figure 18.6. You set a blending mode by selecting an object or targeting a group or layer and then choosing one of the default blending modes. You won't see any effect of the blending mode unless you have another object positioned under the selected object.


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