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March '19

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42 • March 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS select one or above the ramp to add a new one. Choose a percentage in the Opacity box. The range of color on the ramp will display the familiar checkerboard as an indicator of the transparency. From the point where the stop is, the color gradu- ally blends into the adjacent color (See Figure 7). The stops can be repositioned by dragging. You can add as many stops as you like. Blending Content Transparency is a useful feature when blending the content of two layers. Creating a gradual transition between the transparency of pixels will create a seamless blend between that when viewed, is impossible to detect. Using transparency techniques, you can open doors to creative opportunities that chal- lenge the senses and can make any image, no matter how surreal, credible. To seamlessly blend the content of two layers, start by stacking them in sequence. The topmost content should be on a separate layer surrounded by transparency and positioned over the bottom content. Click on the Layer mask icon in the Layers panel to create a mask on the topmost layer. Select the transi- tion area with a selection tool. Select the Layer mask by clicking on it. Press the D key to establish the default black and white colors in the tools panel. Choose the Gradient tool and drag on the image in the direction of the blend (See Figure 8a). On the layer mask, the white region completely reveals the con- tent of the topmost image and gradually conceals it as it blends with the content underneath (See Figure 8b). Layer Styles Transparency of content is a major feature through- out the software. You'll find an option for it almost everywhere you look. Layer Styles are pre-programmed special effects such as drop shadows, glows, bevels and outlines that enhance your artwork. Figure 7: In the gradient panel, the color stops are on the bottom of the ramp and the transparency stops are on the top. Figures 8a and 8b: A black to white gradi- ent on a layer mask diminishes the opac- ity of the top layer to gradually conceal it as it blends with the content under- neath. Figure 9: When the Fill slider is dragged to a specific percentage, the transparency is applied only to the content and not the layer style.

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