I have been using the pen tool for more than 8 years already, but when I started using CS6, I have lots of difficulties using the pen tool.

I use the pen tool for vector portraits and I need to use opacity 10 for every vector. But when I add another shape on top of it, it gets back to 100% opacity, so I have to change it to opacity 10 again. This has caused me to spend a lot of time on something else than trying to make my work quick and fast. Any ideas?

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Make a group, give it low opacity and continue by creating your shape layers inside that group.

I'd use the same method in older PS versions as well.

Here's a picture where all the shape layers have 100% opacity and they are inside a group with 38% opacity that affects all the layers in it.

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  • it didnt work :( i mean i tried to group it, but when i add more layers to the group, it just widens the shape and doesnt add to the opacity
    – vjlauron
    May 8, 2013 at 5:39
  • @vjlauron I'm not sure what's wrong, maybe I misunderstood something... Anyhow, I added image to my answer, maybe that makes it clearer ( I made this image in cs3, but it makes no difference. ).
    – Joonas
    May 8, 2013 at 7:15
  • oh thank you but that's not i want to accomplish :(
    – vjlauron
    May 10, 2013 at 3:13

Click the menu button on the top left of the Appearance palette, then uncheck the option "New art has basic appearance" and boom! Problem solved! :D. This works on Illustrator CC, and I guess it is the same on CS6.

Hope this helps!

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