I get this question a lot, and so I answered it in a 60-second Photoshop Friday tip, and technically I should have shared this last Friday, but ya, stuff got in the way and all that. Anyway, here it is below:

So, in short – Opacity lowers anything and everything on the layer; Fill controls just any pixels on the layer, so if you add a Layer Effect, like a drop shadow or Inner Glow, and you lower the Fill amount, the layer effect is still 100% visible. Anyway, hope you found that helpful.

BTW: The new course I’m referring to is my brand new just-released (last week) Mastering Layers Course. Here’s a few of the comments from folks who have watched it:

“Doggone it @ScottKelby ! Every time I think I know most everything about something, like layers, I watch your course just in case and 5 minutes in you teach me, or remind me, something new that helps me make better images! And you make me laugh while you are doing it – You so crazy!”

“Just when I thought I was know almost everything about layers, I watch one of these courses and learn something new. I have to admit, though. One of my favorite moments of this course was when @ScottKelby made the cow noise in the blending mode part of the class. I laughed so hard! Scott, you are the greatest teacher ever! Thanks so much for making learning so fun!”

“Great class. I have never been all that confident with my knowledge of layers, so this is a good review.”

I hope you’ll give it a look. Have a kick butt Monday everybody! :)

-Scott

P.S. Today I’m teaching my “Lightroom Crash Course” Pre-conference session for The Lightroom Conference which officially kicks off tomorrow. It’s not too late to sign up. Tickets, class schedule, instructor list, and more at this link.

About The Author

Scott is a Photographer, bestselling Author, Host of "The Grid" weekly photography show; Editor of Photoshop User magazine; Lightroom Guy; KelbyOne.com CEO; struggling guitarist. Loves Classic Rock and his arch-enemy is Cilantro. Devoted husband, dad to two super awesome kids, and pro-level babysitter to two crazy doggos.

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