Dye Sublimation Imaging with Photoshop: Opacity for Images

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by Christopher Dunlap, Tech Support   Today we want to introduce you to a simple but very important set of tools when working with Photoshop®. We use the CS/CC versions of Photoshop but this should work in the Elements® versions as well.   Often times, designers want to meld two images together and this can be tedious work, especially if the two images do not have well defined outlines to remove pieces from these images quickly and efficiently, or we just want to give one of these images a “ghostly” look. Some designers really like to use this on memorial types of art work.   There are two easy ways to lower or raise the opacity of an image so that it blends well with another image: The first way is to do it by the whole layer. If you look above your options on the layer section you will see an opacity meter. Once selecting this, you can simply slide the bar from left to right to lower and raise the opacity level of the entire selected layer. This is the simplest and quickest way, but not always the most effective if you have a dark background with your image.   The second way is to manually remove portions of the image and manually drop the opacity using the Eraser tool. This is the one we use most of all, because doing the whole image often shows more background noise than most would prefer. You could do this before importing the second image into the final document, but we prefer to do it as its own individual layer because you can see how the edited image interacts with the original image as you are doing the editing. To do this, simply select the Eraser tool and at the top of Photoshop choose the desired brush type (note: the fuzzy outside brush has a natural steady declining opacity) and then choose the drop selectable option of “Opacity” and adjust it using the bar the same way you did with the layer options. Remember that no matter what opacity you choose, if you run over the same portion of your image more than once it will apply that adjustment each time you run over that spot.   We hope that these tips have been helpful for you and we look forward to assisting you in further situations.