Photoshop tip: Opacity vs. fill

In this video, I discuss the main difference between opacity and fill for layers in Photoshop. For instance, opacity can affect all layers (including layer effects) in an image, while fill only affects the layer content and not the layer effects. I’ll also show you how to create a “flare effect” using the fill option.

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Natalia Taffarel

Natalia Taffarel is a digital artist with a background in Advertising and Graphic Design. She teaches workshops all over the world and has a retouching tutorial DVD, Beauty & Hair Retouching.

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12 Responses to “Photoshop tip: Opacity vs. fill”

  1. February 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm, John Barclay-Morton said:

    Well that was incredibly interesting and useful! Thanks for that!


  2. March 10, 2013 at 4:06 am, Jeremy said:

    Thank you very much, been using photoshop for ages,and never knew that. Everyday is a school day huh? 🙂


  3. March 08, 2013 at 9:09 am, Chris Chronos said:

    I never thought I’d figure out the difference. Thanks!


  4. August 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm, John said:

    wow! cool. And now I know the difference. Thanks!


  5. May 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm, mklufoto said:

    I have always used opacity and fill to achieve different blends but did not realize that the fill left the effect intact and only affected content. Thanks


  6. May 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm, Gregautry Cga said:

    that was interesting…umm, 


  7. May 20, 2012 at 8:39 pm, Waikitphotos said:

    well that was pretty cool.. 


  8. May 20, 2012 at 8:48 am, Steven Barrett said:

    Thank you so much.


  9. May 19, 2012 at 3:11 am, D-Light said:

    Thanks Natalia, great video, keep them coming


  10. May 19, 2012 at 12:48 am, Raven50 said:

    Hi Natalia,

    Thanks for all the tutorials, you have put up on here. Keep them coming.

    Allan ~~


  11. May 18, 2012 at 7:57 am, Jeffery Brown said:

    thanks natalia, you are wonderful!


  12. May 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm, Kristian said:

    Cool. Thanks Natalia 🙂 


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