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Clear Mode

This is another blending mode that shows up only in certain areas of Photoshop (like in the painting tools and Edit > Fill command). Clear mode is basically the same as using the Eraser tool, or selecting an area and then pressing Delete (Mac) or Backspace (Windows).

If you'd rather not permanently lower the opacity of an area, then you might want to think about using a Layer Mask instead (see the next chapter for general info on Layer Masks). Clear mode is like putting gray in a Layer Mask. Filling with 40% opacity in Clear mode is the same as filling part of a Layer Mask with 40% gray.

The Lock Transparency icon at the top of the Layers palette prevents you from changing how transparent an area is. When that check box is turned on, the Behind and Clear modes will be grayed out.



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