A Dissolve is a Transition involving a slow fade from one scene to the next.

The Dissolve is the most common way to move between scenes next to the Cut.

Other Dissolves:

Here are some other types of Dissolves:

FADE TO: is simply another way to say DISSOLVE TO:. The two Transitions are interchangeable.

A Slow Dissolve does as its name suggests; that is, one scene dissolves into another... slowly.

The Ripple Dissolve is most often seen in Comedies or TV sitcoms in scenes transitioning into a dream sequence. Going into the dream and coming out of it, there will be a rippling special effect applied to the Dissolve.