Today I'm kicking off a mini-series of tips on fading objects. There are a bunch of different fade options for different object types, and I'm going to start with layers.
Okay, so a layer isn't an object type. But you can fade entire layers all at once, so it's not too much of a stretch.
Beginning in LT 2008, locked layers started to be faded, to make it easier to identify that they were out of play. The amount of fading is controlled by the system variable LAYLOCKFADECTL. The initial value is 50, but you can set it to anything between 0 (no fading) and 90 (maximum fading). There's an upper limit on the fade value to prevent confusion between locked layers and layers that are frozen or off.
The Layer Isolate behavior changed too, so that non-isolated layers were locked and faded instead of being turned off. If you want it to work the old way, you can use the Settings option of LAYISO (enter S before selecting objects) to switch between the isolation types.
Tune in next time for tips on fading underlays and images.