Sign & Digital Graphics

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 • 43 If the transparency of layer content is adjusted with the opacity slider, the effect is applied to both the content and the layer style. The layer style however, can be protected from the transparency setting by using the Fill Opacity slider found in the Layers panel and in the Advanced Blending options in the Layer Styles dialog box. When the slider is dragged to a spe- cific percentage, the transparency is applied only to the content (or the "fill") and not the layer style. (See Figures 9a and 9b) Formats When saving images that contain transparency, the file format needs to be considered in order to preserve trans- parent regions. There are several for- mats that support transparency. Native formats are the formats associated with software. They include: P S D (Adobe Photoshop), A I (Adobe Illustrator) and CDR (CorelDraw). Image formats include: PDF (Adobe Acrobat) and TIFF (Tagged Image File Format). Web for- mats that preserve transparency are: GIF (Graphic Interchange Format) and PNG (Portable Network Graphic). And So… As we have seen, transparency options reside in many of the features of image- editing software. The ability to reduce the visual strength of layer content puts an extraordinary amount of control in your hands. Whether working globally on an entire layer or locally with a layer mask, or with groups of layers, these con- trols offer extreme precision in the ability to visually reveal, conceal, strengthen or weaken layer content. Transparency can be applied to con- tent layers and can enhance or diminish the strength of adjustment layers and even smart filters. In all, transparency techniques offer a dimension of control and credibility that endow you with the creative power that has your viewers ask- ing: "How'd they do that?" SDG ™ ™ Introducing troniTAG electronic shelf labels. Set and change your prices quickly and easily from one workstation. Update multiple price tags in minutes. Available in black, white and red screen colors. Choose from multiple sizes. 219.661.6300 | | built by The Future of Pricing.

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