Adjusting Opacity in Adobe Photoshop: 8 Steps (with Images)

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Adjusting Opacity in Adobe Photoshop: 8 Steps (with Images)
Adjusting Opacity in Adobe Photoshop: 8 Steps (with Images)
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This wikiHow teaches you how to adjust the opacity of layers in Adobe Photoshop so that you can see or hide images in the layer(s) below.

Steps

Adjust Opacity in Adobe Photoshop Step 1

Step 1. Open the image you want to edit

Do this by clicking CTRL + O (Windows) or ⌘ + O (Mac), select the image file you want to open, and then To open clicking in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.

Adjust Opacity in Adobe Photoshop Step 2

Step #2. Click Window

This is in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Adjust Opacity in Adobe Photoshop Step 3

Step #3. Click on Layers

The "Layers" menu window appears in the lower-right corner of the Photoshop window.

Adjust Opacity in Adobe Photoshop Step 4

Step 4. Click on Layers

This is a tab in the top left corner of the "Layers" menu pane.

Adjust Opacity in Adobe Photoshop Step 5

Step 5. Click on a layer

Each layer is displayed with a thumbnail in the lower part of the "Layers" menu window.

Adjust Opacity in Adobe Photoshop Step 6

Step 6. Click on ?

This is to the right of the percentage next to Coverage at the top of the "Layers" menu and a slider will appear.

If the opacity options are grayed out and you can't click them, you may need to unlock the selected layer first. When a layer is locked, there is a padlock icon to the right of the layer name. Click the padlock icon to unlock the layer

Adjust Opacity in Adobe Photoshop Step 7

Step 7. Click and hold the scroll arrow

Adjust Opacity in Adobe Photoshop Step 8

Step 8. Drag the arrow to set the opacity of the layer

Drag the scroll arrow to the left to make the layer more transparent (lower percentage) or to the right to make it more opaque (higher percentage).

If a padlock icon appears in a layer, it is locked or partially locked. In that case, double-click the layer and set the opacity percentage in the dialog box that appears

Tips

  • If you don't want to try out the opacity yourself by scrolling, you can manually type a number in the box that contains the opacity percentage as this also changes the opacity.
  • Photoshop changes the opacity as you scroll, meaning you can see the opacity change as you change the sliding scale.

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