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Lesson 3. Layer Basics > Changing the opacity and mode of a layer

Changing the opacity and mode of a layer

The clock image now blocks out any images that lie on layers below it. You can reduce the opacity of the clock layer, which allows other layers to show through it. You can also apply different blending modes to the layer, which affect how the clock image blends with the layers below it.

1.
With the Clock layer selected, click the arrow next to the Opacity text box in the Layers palette, and drag the slider to 50%.

The clock becomes partially transparent, and you can see the layers underneath. Note that the change in opacity affects only the image areas on the Clock layer.


Changing opacity



Result


2.
Next try applying some blending modes to the Clock layer to see their effects. Choose Difference and then Darken from the mode menu (to the left of the Opacity text box), and notice the effect on the clock image. Then select the Screen mode (the mode we used for our example) and change the opacity to 90%.


Changing mode and opacity



Result


3.
Choose File > Save to save your work.


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