^Adjust Opacity to Allow Layers Beneath to Show Through

Each layer—with the exception of the Background layer or a locked layer—has an adjustable opacity level that can be adjusted to allow the layers beneath to show through. The higher the opacity level, the less the layer below is able to be seen through the current layer.

In addition to a layer's opacity, you can adjust its fill opacity. The difference between the two is that a layer's opacity affects its blending mode, whereas the fill opacity affects only the transparency of the painted pixels on a layer and not any layer effects applied to it.

TRY IT To change a layer's opacity (as in the example shown in Figure 6-7), do one of the following after clicking once on the layer in question in the Layers palette (choose Window | Layers to show the Layers palette):

• Type a new value into the Opacity text box or move the Opacity slider at the top of the Layers palette.

• Double-click the layer thumbnail in the Layers palette to reveal the Blending Options for that particular layer.

• Choose Layer I Layer Style I Blending Options.

TRY IT To change a layer's fill opacity, do one of the following after clicking once on the layer in question in the Layers palette:

• Type a new value into the Fill text box (located below the Opacity text box) or move the Fill slider at the top of the Layers palette.

• Double-click the layer thumbnail in the Layers palette to reveal the Blending Options for that particular layer.

• Choose Layer I Layer Style I Blending Options.

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