Here are the typical methods for its use.
- As solid Opacity, applied to the stroke/fill of text frames (shown above) and shapes.
- As a transparency gradient, applied to stroke/fill as above, plus images (shown above).
- As layer opacity.
- As a layer effect property.
Opacity is a term you'll see in Affinity Publisher—this is the opposite of transparency. An object with 0% transparency is fully opaque (100% opacity), while 100% transparency means the object is invisible (0% opacity).
Opacity quick keys
You can use the numerical keys to set the layer opacity of a selected layer(s) or object(s).
To change the solid opacity of an object:
- From the Colour panel, choose stroke or fill from the Stroke/Fill colour selector.
- Drag the Opacity slider.
To apply a transparency gradient to an object:
- From the Tools panel, select the Transparency Tool.
- Drag across your object to apply a transparency gradient.
To apply layer opacity:
- From the Layers panel, select a layer.
- Click the panel's Opacity down arrow and drag the slider to adjust.
To use opacity quick keys:
- Select a single layer or object, or multiple layers or objects.
- Press a numerical key, or two numerical keys in quick succession, to set the opacity. For example:
- Press 4 for 40% opacity.
- Press 0 for 100% opacity.
- Press 4 and 5 for 45% opacity.
- Press 0 and 7 for 7% opacity.
To apply layer effect opacity:
- From the Layers panel, click Layer Effects.
- From the dialog, adjust the Opacity slider if available. Not all layer effects have the Opacity setting.