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March '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • March 2019 • 39 Figure 2: The "Background" (Photoshop) or "Canvas" (Corel Painter) is at the bottom of the layer stack. distinctive characteristics. First, it is always the bottom-most layer in the stack and cannot be moved higher (See Figure 2). Second, it cannot be moved horizontally or vertically on the picture plane. And third, it is always opaque. In order to avoid these limitations the background must be converted to a layer. Converting a Background to a layer is achieved by going to the Layers menu and choosing Layer > New > Layer From Background. A dialog box appears where the layer can be named. As a layer, the content can be moved, scaled, rotated or otherwise transformed. The layer also sup- ports variable levels of transparency. The Opacity slider in the Layers panel enables the content to be adjusted to a percentage; 100 percent being completely opaque and zero percent being totally invisible, and all percentages in between producing semi-transparency. Fortunately, now transparency can be achieved with relatively little effort, owing to convenient controls in virtually all mainstream graphics software. LARGE FORMAT WHOLESALE PRINTING www.imaginetr.com | 330.481.1102 New Customers get 15% off first order! Enter online code: imthis _ sdg319 Banners, magnets, yard signs, coroplast, posters, vehicle graphics, window perfs, styrene, adhesives, backlit film, and much more! IMAGINE ALL THE POSSIBILITIES

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