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Opacity and Blend Modes

You can dynamically adjust the opacity of a layer or the way a layer’s pixels are blended with pixels on lower layers by using the layer’s Opacity control and Blend Mode selector. If you save your layered image in a format that preserves layering, such as PSPimage or PSD, such settings are retrieved when you open the image and then are available for further adjustment.

Opacity determines how much the pixels on one layer cover pixels on lower layers. The opacity for a layer can be set on the layer’s Opacity slider, anywhere from 0 (fully transparent) to 100 (fully opaque). Any layer with an opacity setting of less than 100 allows pixels from lower layers to show through to some extent. Figures 4.19 and 4.20 show a layer with some gold text above a layer that is filled with a pattern. In Figure 4.19, the Opacity of the text layer is set to 100, and in Figure 4.20, the Opacity is set to 60.


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