Opacity & Fill
So there's a couple cool things here and this is something that I know when people are dealing with layers that people have never been able to actually tell me what the difference is between and in the layers panel we have this thing called a pass ity and we have this thing called phil and what's the difference and I'm going to ask people online what's the difference between opacity and phil people say, well, it does the same thing well if I choose opacity on a layer here and I do that I've been actually move this over something this over something the opacity sure enough takes everything on that layer and allows me to adjust the opacity if I use the phil and I do the same thing they're like see it does the exact same thing it doesn't change anything well here's the class that you will actually find out what the difference is between a pass ity and phil so if you just so happen to be on some game show and you're asked that question that sixty four thousand dollars question what's the d...
ifference between opacity and phil you'll be like right that was a class it didn't pay for so before we go on make sure your it always happens so the difference between opacity and phil on virtually everything that we do is never going to be noticed but the one place that it does make a difference is this so? Because drop layer effects are always going to be on pixels on our layer. If I were to go win, and I were to take this circle layer here, and I were to go in and adjust the opacity, you will see that every single thing on that layer is going to be adjusted all of the pixels, plus all the layer effects of which most people's responses. Of course, we're adjusting everything but what happens if I would want to go in? And I would like to do kind of like a ghost layer or a ghost button or a ghost shadow, how do you go ahead and apply something that doesn't exist? And you've seen this clear buttons, you know, that just have a little highlighter shadow on a bevel, but there's really nothing there, it's just the suggestion of a button because I need pixels on that layer. How could I do white pixels on a white layer that shows up white on a white background like this? This is where phil comes in. If I adjust a layer that has layer effects on it, and I adjust the phil down to nothing, what that does is that actually takes away all of the value of the phil pixels but still leaves them there for the layer effect itself. So the reality of it is, is if I back off that fill that phil layer or color of that goes away and all I'm left with is I'm left with a layer effects because it needs something to work with. If I just the opacity, it does absolutely everything on the layer, including the effects, this just does the fill of the layer and a layer effects exist at one hundred percent. So that's, how you can go in if I were to take the stroke off here and we're just going to do a bubble on boss that's, how I could go in and do something to make a transparent button or object and actually have it be full on layer effects, but nothing there and that is going in and doing a phil now, obviously, if I did this white on a different colored background, we'd see it but white on a white background, phil on ly adjust the fill of the pixels, leaving the layer effects at one hundred percent I now, when I found that out this morning, I was amazed so that's the difference between opacity and phil? This is about the only time I'm ever going to see the difference all the other times it looks and acts exactly the same until you put some type of layer effect on there.
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