Chapter 3: Playing with Opacity and Blend Modes

In This Chapter

arrow.png Adjusting opacity

arrow.png Applying Blend modes for effects

arrow.png Setting the blend options

In this chapter, we show you how to have a little fun and get those creative juices flowing. This chapter, along with Chapters 1 and 3 in Book VII, gives you a few ways to tweak the layers you’ve so diligently created. Maybe you want to make one of your layers semitransparent so that you can see the layer beneath it. Or perhaps you want to try blending the colors between a couple layers in a way that’s slightly offbeat. Look no further.

Take these techniques as far as you want. Remember: There’s no substitute for good old experimentation. Before you jump into these techniques, you should have a handle on the methods of layer creation and management that we explain in Chapters 1 and 2 of this minibook.

Adjusting Layer Opacity

One of the easiest ways by far to make your image look interesting is to have one image ghosted over another, as shown in Figure 3-1. Creating this effect is an easy task with the Opacity option in the Layers panel. You adjust the opacity by selecting a layer in the Layers panel. Then either access the slider by clicking ...

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