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How to Change the Opacity of a Layer in Procreate

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If you're new to Procreate, you've probably been tapping around the app trying to find some features. Don't worry; this is completely normal. 

Here's what you'll be creating.Here's what you'll be creating.Here's what you'll be creating.
Learn how to make a layer transparent in Procreate. Here's what you'll create.

If you want to change the opacity in programs like Photoshop or Illustrator, you can see an Opacity panel to control this. But if you're figuring out how to change the opacity of a layer in Procreate, it may take you some time to find this feature, as it's not visible at first glance.

This quick tutorial will teach you two easy ways to change the opacity of a layer in Procreate. 

Let's get started!

How to Lower the Opacity of a Layer in Procreate: Method #1

This first method is the easiest way to change the Procreate layer opacity. 

Step 1

Open your file in your Procreate canvas. 

Step 2

Open the Layers panel. Now, double-tap on the image layer where you want to change the opacity.

Open your file and let's start changing the opacity.Open your file and let's start changing the opacity.Open your file and let's start changing the opacity.
This free illustration from Mixkit will help us with our demonstration of how to lower the opacity of a layer in Procreate.

Step 3

You'll notice an Opacity Slider at the top set to 100%; this will allow you to change the opacity of your layer in Procreate.

An Opacity Slider will appear at the top so you can start adjusting the opacity to your liking.An Opacity Slider will appear at the top so you can start adjusting the opacity to your liking.An Opacity Slider will appear at the top so you can start adjusting the opacity to your liking.
The Opacity Slider is a feature available to change the opacity of a layer in Procreate.

Step 4

Drag to the left to decrease the opacity and to the right to increase the opacity. Adjust it to your liking. 

Drag the slider to the left to decrease the opacity or to the right to increase the opacity.Drag the slider to the left to decrease the opacity or to the right to increase the opacity.Drag the slider to the left to decrease the opacity or to the right to increase the opacity.
With Procreate, the layer opacity can be changed according to your needs. Adjust the slider to the percentage you like.

That's the first way to change the opacity in Procreate. Continue reading to see the second method to change the opacity of a layer in Procreate. 

How to Make a Layer Transparent in Procreate: Method #2

There's another way to change the layer opacity in Procreate. This method may be helpful if you're using Blend Modes (which we'll go into later). 

Let's go through this second method to change the opacity of a layer in Procreate: 

Step 1

Open the Layers panel.

Step 2

Tap the N on the desired layer to open the Blend Modes Menu.

Tap the N to open the Blend Modes Menu.Tap the N to open the Blend Modes Menu.Tap the N to open the Blend Modes Menu.
 The Blend Modes Menu lets you change the opacity of a layer in Procreate.

By default, Normal mode will always be active and is shown by the letter N

The Blend Modes Menu allows you to change the color intensity, brightness, and darkness in your images. The Blend Modes Menu also allows you to change the opacity of a layer in Procreate.

Step 3

When you open the Blend Modes Menu, you'll see an Opacity Slider. Drag the slider to the left to decrease the opacity and to the right to increase the opacity. Adjust this setting to your liking. 

Drag the Opacity Slider to your needs.Drag the Opacity Slider to your needs.Drag the Opacity Slider to your needs.
Move the Opacity Slider left or right to set it to your needs.

Congratulations! You're Done Learning How to Lower the Opacity of a Layer in Procreate

We hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial about how to make a layer transparent in Procreate. 

Knowing this will allow you to work faster and smarter on your next illustrations or design projects. 

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Want to Learn More?

If you found our tutorial on how to change the opacity of a layer in Procreate useful, feel free to check out our other tutorials on Procreate. There's always something new to learn!

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