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The Wonders of Fill Layer Vs. Opacity Layer in Photoshop

Category: Photoshop, Tools, Video
Apr 12

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Opacity & Fill – Layer

Opacity and fill both have very different effects on a layer, but you have to do something special in order to see what that difference is. You will only see the effects of using fill if you have activated some layer FX, such as Drop Shadow or Bevel and Emboss. When using these layer fx, dropping the fill will make what ever is actually on the layer lower in visibility, while leaving the FX just as they were. Opacity is the master switch, and will bring the visibility of everything up or down!

Opacity & Flow – Brush

Using Opacity with your Brush Tool will lower the visibility of the tool, but the effect will not build up on itself. As long as you are holding down your mouse (or pen) button, the opacity of where ever you are painting will not exceed the amount specified. To add more, you must first lift your button, and re-apply it.

Flow allows you to go over the same area and buildup the effect each time you cover. Think of using flow as using a marker – the more you go over a certain area, the more visible the marker will become.

  • http://twitter.com/cvstodia

    Waoh change my illustrations for ever
    Ahora si puedo usar el efectico de lapiz sin estar presionando teclas
    GRACIAS

  • http://twitter.com/cvstodia

    Waoh change my illustrations for ever
    Ahora si puedo usar el efectico de lapiz sin estar presionando teclas
    GRACIAS

  • Yvette

    Thank you! This is making things so much easier!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=36610382 Serge Neri

    I always wondered what that did. this is really cool. Thank you. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Ruszkowski/184104869 Trevor Ruszkowski

    that sacha dude is awesome.. like his work very much.. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfonso.barona Alfonso Barona

    thanks for this episode!!I never used flow but thanks for explaining!!Now I know whats about! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Strickland/100003528426654 Dylan Strickland

    I started using Fill all the time when I figured out it did drastically different things with the more extreme blending modes: Color Dodge, Color Burn, Vivid Light, Hard Mix and I think one or two others… but suddenly Hard Mix stopped being totally useless, and turned into pure AWESOME!!

    I love the flow technique… that’s going to make things so much easier…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1449572129 Ross Phillips

    Thank you for this episode, I have been pondering the Opacity/Fill question a lot of late and as I do not (as yet) use any layer fx, I have not been able to work it out!  Oh, and my whites are much whiter now too!

  • Sebastian Ortiz

    Excellent Episode! great suggestion about the flow tool…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.hermosa Jason Hermosa

    Hi Aaron, 
    Congrats on another amazing episode. I had a hard time figuring out the opacity and flow with the brushes and you just set me straight. Anyway, you Pheatured Sacha Waldman up there and I’ve seen this kind of photography and I love it! Problem is: I have absolutely no idea how they even do this. It’s like a super high contrast image and I have no idea, even, where to begin. It would be awesome if you could make a free Phlearn about this. Please! THANK YOU!!! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.hermosa Jason Hermosa

    Hi Aaron, 
    Congrats on another amazing episode. I had a hard time figuring out the opacity and flow with the brushes and you just set me straight. Anyway, you Pheatured Sacha Waldman up there and I’ve seen this kind of photography and I love it! Problem is: I have absolutely no idea how they even do this (like photo 12 on portfolio 1). It’s like a super high contrast image and I have no idea, even, where to begin. It would be awesome if you could make a free Phlearn about this. Please! THANK YOU!!! :D

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IFXNMTW3EF5ZIZGXNL3C24CICM Hristiyan Mitev

    Nice episode!

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