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Adobe Illustrator CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques by David Karlins

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#80 Applying Transparency

A semitransparent object allows underlying objects to be partly visible, like a foggy day partially obscures the sun. A fully transparent object is invisible and has no effect on objects that it is stacked on top of. At the other end of the spectrum, a fully opaque object completely covers objects below it in the stacking (or layer) order.

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