Adobe Illustrator: Using the Transparency Panel

Lyndsay Lewman, Graphic Designer

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5 Videos (19m)
    • Introduction & Setup

      2:48
    • Transparencies Lesson 1

      7:23
    • Transparencies Lesson 2

      5:35
    • Transparencies Proj 1

      1:02
    • Transparencies Proj 2

      2:26

About This Class

Need a quick, simple way to manipulate images in Illustrator instead of Photoshop? Interested in exploring layered vector illustrations on top of beautiful photography? You want to get to know transparencies!

In this 20 minute class, students will learn how to get cozy with the transparency panel in Adobe Illustrator! You will learn how to navigate the panel, how each blending mode works and how it will effect your work, how to layer transparent objects, and how to use the mask feature to create interesting textures and reflections. Ideally students will already have a very general or basic knowledge of how to navigate Illustrator, but beginners can benefit from this course just as much!

The transparency panel contains an array of blending tools to enhance your design work! It took me a while to start to explore and correctly utilize transparency settings, so my goal is to make it more simple and approachable for curious designers and illustrators. Can't wait to get started!

Music: "Cheap Sunglasses" by RAC (feat. Matthew Koma), "Keep The Dream Alive, Days Of Hope, Propelling, Walk In The Park, No Problem, Eternity" And More by NeilCross, "Upbeat Pop Rock" by Bobby_Cole, "Happy Home" by psmithp (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gm45F4csOY)

Photography: Boris Smokrovic, Brandi Redd, Larisa Birta.

2 of 2 students recommendSee All

I liked this class in that it was super informational, exactly what I was looking for. In the future I'd suggest less music while speaking so as I can hear you better, there were a couple of moments where I really had to strain to hear you and it made harder to absorb the information.
Deirdre B.

Loud Laugh Haver. Loud Laughter Maker.

Great class, informative and fun! I've always wanted to learn more about some of illustrator's more complicated design tools. The transparency panel can be incredibly helpful!

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Lyndsay Lewman

Graphic Designer

Hi, my name is Lyndsay, and I am a graphic designer and illustrator! I graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design, and have over 3.5 years experience in the design industry. For the past several years I have worked as a professional designer at an advertising agency specializing in Beauty, Food and Nonprofit clientele in Maryland, USA. My experience also includes freelancing for various theatre organizations (I have a soft spot for striking poster designs), and I love finding ways to incorporate my passions for illustration and hand lettering into my work!