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Part 10. Using Layers to Combine Photos ... > Creating a Fill Layer and Adjusting ...

Creating a Fill Layer and Adjusting Layer Opacity

One way to change how layers look is to adjust the opacity of a fill layer above them. Think of a semitransparent fill layer (less than 100 percent opacity) as a colored photographic filter–tinting and dimming the layers beneath it. (The more opaque, the less transparent, and vice versa.)

Click the layer in the Layers palette above which the new layer will be inserted.

Choose Layer, New Fill Layer, Solid Color.

Click and drag the Opacity slider to change how transparent the new layer is.

Click OK.

NOTE

To Bin or Not to Bin

Drag a palette out of the Palette Bin if you want to move it around on the screen. That way you can put it right next to the area of the image you're working on, or you can close the Palette Bin to enlarge your work area.


NOTE

Well Adjusted

Continuing to add other adjustment and fill layers, each with its own properties, will have a combined effect. Remember that an adjustment layer only affects the appearance of the layers beneath it.


Click to choose a fill color.

Click OK.


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