I’m often asked what the difference is between Opacity and Fill. Most people know the difference when it comes to Layer Styles, but did you know that opacity and fill act VERY differently for certain blending modes?

The Blending Modes that have a different function between Opacity and Fill are:

  • Color Burn
  • Linear Burn
  • Color Dodge
  • Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Vivid Light
  • Linear Light
  • Hard Mix
  • Difference

In this tutorial, I’ll show you the differences between these two settings as they relate to every part of Photoshop, and how you can leverage these differences to create otherwise impossible visual effects.

Download the tutorial asset here.