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Chapter 7. Get Smart: Layers and Transparency > White Really Isn’t White

White Really Isn’t White

OK, maybe the title is exaggerated a bit. White is still white. But, the artboard in Illustrator isn’t really white and will not reflect any transparency settings that white would normally influence. A little confused on what this means? Try this. Create an illustration or graphic in Illustrator—any small object should do—but just be sure it has no fill and a colored stroke, and you don’t have anything in the layers below it. Select it, then in the Transparency palette (Window>Transparency), change the blend of that object to Soft Light. Nothing should happen. Now, add a rectangle with a white fill and no stroke to a layer below your object and you should see that top object disappear wherever it intersects with the white rectangle below it. This means that even though the artboard is white, it’s not REALLY white.


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