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05. About Layers

Layers are an important aspect of digital art, so it is important to know a bit about them. As the name suggests, layers are like multiple sheets of clear film, similar to those used in Anime and cartoons.
If you do the line drawing, coloring, and create the background all on different layers then the colors will not mix, which is something that can be quite useful. It is also common to draw hair, skin and clothes, etc on separate layers.
The background in ibisPaint is white but the layers that you draw on are transparent when you create them. Deleting line drawings or coloring with the eraser returns the Current Layer (the layer that is currently selected) back to a transparent state.

The order of the layers is fixed but you can drag the ① Thumbnails (small images) up or down to rearrange the layers.
As photographs are not transparent anything in a layer below them will not be visible.
Now, drag the photograph you just imported to the bottom and set the Current Layer to 2.

  • Drag the Sketch Layer thumbnail (small image) down.
  • Tap Layer 2 to change it to the Current Layer.
  • Close the Layer window with the [↓] button.

If you import a sketch with dark strokes made by a pen or similar then it will be difficult to see the lines that you will trace over the top of them. In such a case, decreasing the opacity of the sketch layer will lighten the dark lines.

  • Tap the Sketch Layer (to change to current layer).
  • Change the Opacity slider from 100% to 40%.
  • Tap Layer 2 (to change to current layer).
  • Tap the [↓] button to close the Layer window.

Beginners often forget to switch the current layer back, so take care!

Chapter

  1. Introduction
  2. Start Creating an Artwork
  3. Toolbar and Tool Selection
  4. Do Your Draft Sketch by Hand
  5. About Layers
  6. Let's Trace
  7. Undo and Eraser
  8. Fine Tuning Using the Lasso tool
  9. Check by Reflecting Horizontally
  10. Select Colors in the Color window
  11. Use Color Fill for the Undercoat
  12. Turn Clipping On
  13. Making a Gradation (Shading)
  14. Quick Eyedropper Function
  15. Create Highlights and Shadows
  16. Paste a Texture
  17. Let's Merge Layers
  18. Sign Your Artwork
  19. View Your Artwork
  20. Post Your Artwork
  21. Share Your Artwork
  22. Remove-Ads Add-on
  23. Add Color to the Analog Image using Multiply
  24. Stabilizer
  25. Layer: Clipping is convenient
  26. Layer: Changing the color with Alpha Lock
  27. Layer: Let's try using Screen Tone
  28. Layer: Selection Layer
  29. Layer: Save Layer as Transparent PNG command
  30. Layer: Save Canvas as Transparent PNG command
  31. Layer: Naming your layers to manage them
  32. Layer: Rasterize
  33. Layer: Add Layer from Canvas
  34. Making a Selection with the Magic Wand
  35. Putting texture to the floor with Perspective Form
  36. Skirt with Mesh Form
  37. Entering text with Text tool
  38. Creating manga with Frame Divider tool
  39. Enlarging the canvas with Canvas Size
  40. Cutting off the canvas with Trim
  41. Canvas creation with resolution (dpi) specification
  42. Changing image resolution with Resize
  43. Texture with Material tool
  44. Cut, Copy, Paste
  45. Ruler: Straight Ruler
  46. Ruler: Circular Ruler
  47. Ruler: Elliptical Ruler
  48. Ruler: Radial Ruler
  49. Ruler: Mirror Ruler
  50. Ruler: Kaleidoscope Ruler
  51. Ruler: Array Ruler
  52. Ruler: Array Ruler for Perspective
  53. Ruler: Perspective Array Ruler
  54. Drawing Tool: Straight Line
  55. Drawing Tool: Rectangle
  56. Filter: Brightness & Contrast
  57. Filter: Hue Saturation Lightness
  58. Filter: Color Balance
  59. Filter: Extract Drawing
  60. Filter: Change Drawing Color
  61. Filter: Mono Color
  62. Filter: Gray Scale
  63. Filter: Black & White
  64. Filter: Posterize
  65. Filter: Gaussian Blur
  66. Filter: Zooming Blur
  67. Filter: Moving Blur
  68. Filter: Mosaic
  69. Filter: Stroke (Both)
  70. Filter: Stained Glass
  71. Filter: Wet Edge
  72. Filter: Glow (Inner)
  73. Filter: Stroke (Outer)
  74. Filter: Drop Shadow
  75. Filter: Parallel Gradation
  76. Filter: Concentric Gradation
  77. Filter: Radial Line Gradation
  78. Filter: Auto Paint
  79. Filter: Anime Background
  80. Filter: Manga Background
  81. Filter: Channels Shift
  82. Filter: Expansion
  83. Filter: Sphere Lens
  84. Filter: Table
  85. Filter: Blur Frame
  86. Switching devices / transferring data (with Dropbox)
  87. Switching devices / transferring data (with SD card on Android)
  88. Switching devices / transferring data (with PC on iOS)
  89. Settings window details
  90. Bucket tool details
  91. Blend mode details
  92. How to upload transparent PNG onto Twitter
  93. Notes About Tracing