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. Let’s try using Screentone
  26. Clipping is convenient
  27. Making a Selection with the Magic Wand
  28. Selection Layer
  29. Changing the color with Alpha Lock
  30. Save Layer as Transparent PNG command
  31. Save Canvas as Transparent PNG command
  32. Naming your layers to manage them
  33. Putting texture to the floor with Perspective Form
  34. Skirt with Mesh Form
  35. Entering text with Text tool
  36. Creating manga with Frame Divider tool
  37. Enlarging the canvas with Canvas Size
  38. Cutting off the canvas with Trim
  39. Canvas creation with resolution (dpi) specification
  40. Changing image resolution with Resize
  41. Texture with Material tool
  42. Straight Ruler
  43. Circular Ruler
  44. Elliptical Ruler
  45. Radial Ruler
  46. Mirror Ruler
  47. Kaleidoscope Ruler
  48. Array Ruler
  49. Array Ruler for Perspective
  50. Perspective Array Ruler
  51. Stabilizer
  52. Straight line with Drawing tool
  53. Cut, Copy, Paste
  54. Filter: Brightness & Contrast
  55. Filter: Hue Saturation Lightness
  56. Filter: Color Balance
  57. Filter: Extract Drawing
  58. Filter: Change Drawing Color
  59. Filter: Mono Color
  60. Filter: Gray Scale
  61. Filter: Black & White
  62. Filter: Posterize
  63. Filter: Gaussian Blur
  64. Filter: Zooming Blur
  65. Filter: Moving Blur
  66. Filter: Mosaic
  67. Filter: Stroke (Both)
  68. Filter: Stained Glass
  69. Filter: Wet Edge
  70. Filter: Glow (Inner)
  71. Filter: Stroke (Outer)
  72. Filter: Drop Shadow
  73. Filter: Parallel Gradation
  74. Filter: Concentric Gradation
  75. Filter: Radial Line Gradation
  76. Filter: Anime Background
  77. Filter: Manga Background
  78. Filter: Channels Shift
  79. Filter: Sphere Lens
  80. Filter: Blur Frame
  81. Switching devices / transferring data (with Dropbox)
  82. Switching devices / transferring data (with SD card on Android)
  83. Switching devices / transferring data (with PC on iOS)
  84. Settings window details
  85. Bucket tool details
  86. Blend mode details
  87. How to upload transparent PNG onto Twitter
  88. Notes About Tracing