ibisPaint

Tutorials

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