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Tips & Tricks

Difference between Opacity vs Fill for Photoshop Layers

By fotosiamo on June 3rd 2012

I know we all probably use the opacity slider on the Photoshop layer, but how many of us have ever use or know how/when to use the fill slider? Well, famed retoucher
Natalia Taffarel explains in her Model Mayhem tutorial on the difference between the two.

This is the original text with glow created from layer FX with opacity and fill at 100%

Opacity vs Fill

When you decrease the opacity, both the white text and the glow disappear


When you decrease the fill, only the white text disappears. The basic difference between opacity and fill is that the fill only affects the content (white text), but not the effect (the glow)


Be sure to visit Natalia’s work on her website, and more of her retouching tutorials on Natalia’s Vimeo page.

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Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

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    thanks for sharing

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