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<title>Layers and Blending Modes</title>
<h3>Layers Basics</h3>
<table width="100%"><tr><td align="center"><img src="images/layers1.png" title="Basic Layers Dialog" alt="Basic Layers Dialog" /></td></tr></table><br />
<h3>Transparent Layer Blending Modes in Scribus</h3>
<p><strong>Note: This feature is only available with Cairo 1.2+</strong></p>
<p>Scribus has a very powerful and versatile way of handling layers in a document via the way that not only layers can be made transparent and their opacity changed, but the so called <strong>blend modes</strong> can be selected to control the way transparency is rendered. Objects can be similarly controled individually. Blend modes are a way for you to control how the pixels of the layers are combined. When a given layer is selected the blend mode chosen affects how that layer's pixels are combined with only those layers <em>below</em> the selected layer. The layers remain separately editable and only are combined in the display and at print/export time. Note also, except when printing to certain printers on Windows, this type of transparency will not be supported well, if it at all. Exporting PDF version 1.4 (Acrobat 5.0) or higher will support these modes properly.
<table width="100%"><tr><td align="center"><img src="images/newdoc1.png" title="See Automaitc Text Frames is checked." alt="See Automatic Text Frames is checked" /></td></tr></table><br />
<h4>Available Blend Modes in Scribus:</h4>