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Lesson 8. Painting and Editing > Painting shadows and highlights in nontranspar...

Painting shadows and highlights in nontransparent areas

In this part of the lesson, you’ll lock the transparency on the Bark layer. This restricts your painting on the layer so that you can add shadows and highlights to only the tree itself. Because all the transparent areas are protected, you don’t have to worry about any paint strokes spilling onto the background outside of the tree outline.

There are two techniques for protecting the transparent areas. One is to select the layer you’ll paint on and use the Lock Transparent Pixels option () in the Layers palette. The other technique, which you’ll use here, is to create a new layer and then group it with the previous one. When you apply brush strokes or effects to a layer that is grouped with a second layer, those brush strokes or effects apply only to pixels of color on the first layer. (Any transparent areas will be unaffected.)


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