Adobe Photoshop Help
(ImageReady) Double-click a layer thumbnail, and enter a value in the Opacity text box
or drag the Opacity pop-up slider.
Choosing a blending mode
A layer’s blending mode determines how its pixels blend with underlying pixels in the
image. You can create a variety of special effects using blending modes.
By default, the blending mode of a layer set is Pass Through, which means that the layer
set has no blending properties of its own. When you choose a different blending mode for
a layer set, you effectively change the order in which the entire image is composited. All of
the layers in the layer set are composited ﬁrst. The composited layer set is then treated as a
single image, and blended with the rest of the image using the selected blending mode.
Thus, if you choose a blending mode other than Pass Through for the layer set, none of the
adjustment layers or layer blending modes inside the layer set will apply to layers outside
For a description of each blending mode, see “
ting a blending mo
Note: There is no Clear blending mode for layers. In addition, the Color Dodge, Color Burn,
Darken, Lighten, Difference, and Exclusion modes are unavailable for Lab images.
To specify a blending mode for a layer or layer set:
1 Select a layer or layer set in the Layers palette.
2 Choose a blending mode:
In the Layers palette, choose an option from the Blend Mode pop-up menu.
(Photoshop) Double-click a layer thumbnail, choose Layer > Layer Style > Blending
Options, or choose Blending Options from the Layers palette menu. Choose an option
from the Blend Mode pop-up menu.
Note: To view blending options for a text layer in Photoshop, choose Layer > Layer Style >
Blending Options, or choose Blending Options from the Layers palette menu.
(ImageReady) Double-click a layer thumbnail, and choose an option from the Blend
Mode pop-up menu.
Filling new layers with a neutral color
Some ﬁlters (such as the Lighting Effects ﬁlter) cannot be applied to layers with no pixels.
Selecting Fill with Mode-neutral color in the New Layer dialog box resolves this problem by
ﬁrst ﬁlling the layer with a preset, neutral color. The neutral color is assigned based on the
layer’s blending mode and is invisible. If no effect is applied, ﬁlling with a neutral color has
no effect on the remaining layers. The Fill with Neutral Color option is not available for
layers that use the Normal, Dissolve, Hue, Saturation, Color, or Luminosity modes.
Specifying ﬁll opacity
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.