Chapter 19. Playing with Opacity and Blend Modes

In This Chapter

  • Adjusting opacity

  • Applying blend modes for effects

  • 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 you might 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. And remember, there's no substitute for good, old experimentation. Before you jump into these techniques, it helps to have a handle on the methods of layer creation and management that we explain in Book VI, Chapters 1 and 2.

Playing with Opacity and Blend Modes

Adjusting Layer Opacity

By far one of the easiest ways 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 your desired layer in the Layers panel. Then, either access the slider by clicking the right-pointing arrow or enter a percentage value in the Opacity text box.

Adjusting the opacity enables one image to ghost over another.

Figure 19.1. Adjusting the ...

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