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How to change layer opacity

Want to create either a striking or subtle effect? Change layer opacity. How about creating a reflection? Duplicate the layer, flip the image, reposition it, then change the transparency of the layer. Change opacity to fade the content on a layer.

How to change layer opacity - reflection example

When dealing with sheer cloth, such as drapes, change the layer transparency. It will determine how see-through the fabric will appear.

When you change layer opacity, you affect its transparency. This is really useful when using a background image as reference for a line drawing. If you select the reference image layer, drag its slider down to reduce opacity. Now, return to your line layer and continue drawing. This is a great workflow for beginners. As you practice drawing the same thing, you get used to the form, proportions, and build muscle memory.

Changing layer opacity in SketchBook for Desktop

Autodesk SketchBook layer opacity slider

1. If the Layer Editor isn’t visible, tap UI Toggle - opacity and select Layer Editor.

You’ll notice that the current layer is highlighted.

2. Next, tap the layer you want and drag the slider:

    • up to increase transparency
    • down to decrease transparency

Changing layer opacity in SketchBook for Mobile

1.  In the Layer Editor, tap the layer you want to affect.
2. Tap the layer again to access the layer tools.

Changing layer opacity in SketchBook for Mobile

3. Drag the Opacity slider:

  • left to increase transparency
  • right to decrease transparency

Changing layer opacity in SketchBook for Windows 10 (Pro)

Not available to Free users

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1. If the Layer Editor isn’t visible, tap UI Toggle - opacity and select Layer Editor.

You’ll notice that the current layer is highlighted.

2. Next, tap the layer you want and drag the slider:

    • up to increase transparency
    • down to decrease transparency
Updated on November 6, 2017

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