Layers: opacity and fill controls?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by MOP, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. MOP

    MOP Guest

    This is a question I really should know the answer to, but I don't! On the
    layers pallet there are two controls one opacity and directly below is the
    fill control I have never really used the fill control and not quite sure
    exactly what it does, maybe someone can tell me or point me to a like where
    it is described.
    MOP
     
    MOP, Feb 16, 2005
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    Dave Guest


    Hi MOP,
    it can (undermore) be used to make text transparent.
    Very handy for making a watermark, for instance.

    Dave
     
    Dave, Feb 17, 2005
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  3. MOP

    MOP Guest

    I guess maybe i'm being a bit thick here, it seems to do the same as the
    opacity control?
    I'm using PS7
    MOP
     
    MOP, Feb 17, 2005
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    Tom Thomas Guest

    A "like where it is described" (sic) would be the User Guide that came
    with your software. It is clearly explained there.
     
    Tom Thomas, Feb 17, 2005
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  5. MOP

    MOP Guest

    Whilst it might seem a slightly strange thing to do! I did look-in the
    User Guide, (That was the copy supplied with the *legal* version of PS7 I
    have) after I pressed the F1 key!

    I could not find an explanation, to be honest it seems to do the same thing
    as the opacity control.
    maybe as you are an expert user, you might be able to tell me the page
    number in the user guide where it is explained. as I said maybe i'm stupid
    but I could not find it!!!
    MOP
     
    MOP, Feb 17, 2005
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    Tom Thomas Guest

    Page 241. "Specifying Fill Opacity"
     
    Tom Thomas, Feb 17, 2005
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  7. MOP

    MOP Guest

    Thanks I guess I must be really thick, I had found and indeed read that
    page, and have just done it again!
    I still can't see any difference between opacity and fill. usually the user
    guide is quite good but all it says is "In addition to setting opacity for a
    layer, which affects any layer styles and blending modes applied to the
    layer, you can specify a fill opacity for layers. Fill opacity affects
    pixels painted in a layer or shapes drawn on a layer without affecting the
    opacity of any layer effects that have been applied to the layer."
     
    MOP, Feb 17, 2005
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    Gummo Guest

    "In addition to setting opacity for a layer, which affects any layer styles
    and blending modes applied to the
    If you want to change the opacity of a layer AND any style applied to it,
    you must set the opacity.

    If you want to change the opacity of a layer but not any style applied to
    it, you must set the fill.

    Gummo
     
    Gummo, Feb 17, 2005
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    Brian K Guest

    Thanks, makes sense.
     
    Brian K, Feb 17, 2005
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    MOP Guest

    Thanks I now see the light! so, if for example I apply a drop shadow on
    text, the opacity will change *both* the text and the shadow, but using the
    fill, only the text will change and not the shadow
    Thanks a lot.
     
    MOP, Feb 17, 2005
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    Peadge Guest

    Layer effects don't diminish when Fill is reduced, but they do when opacity
    is reduced. Try this. Create some text of anything using a heavy font like
    Impact or something. Add a drop shadow and reduce the fill to 0%. Note the
    effect. Now increase fill to 100% and reduce Opacity to 0%. See the
    difference?

    Peadge :)
     
    Peadge, Feb 18, 2005
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