ibisPaint

Lecture

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. Making a Selection with the Magic Wand
  14. Making a Gradation (Shading)
  15. Quick Color Picker 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. Selection Layer
  26. Let’s try using Screentone
  27. Clipping is convenient
  28. Changing the color with Alpha Lock
  29. Save Layer as Transparent PNG command
  30. Save Canvas as Transparent PNG command
  31. Naming your layers to manage them
  32. Putting texture to the floor with Perspective Form
  33. Skirt with Mesh Form
  34. Entering text with Text tool
  35. Creating manga with Frame Divider tool
  36. Enlarging the canvas with Canvas Size
  37. Cutting off the canvas with Trim
  38. Canvas creation with resolution (dpi) specification
  39. Changing image resolution with Resize
  40. Texture with Material tool
  41. Straight Ruler
  42. Circular Ruler
  43. Elliptical Ruler
  44. Radial Ruler
  45. Mirror Ruler
  46. Kaleidoscope Ruler
  47. Array Ruler
  48. Stabilizer
  49. Straight line with Drawing tool
  50. Cut, Copy, Paste
  51. Filter: Brightness & Contrast
  52. Filter: Hue Saturation Lightness
  53. Filter: Color Balance
  54. Filter: Extract Drawing
  55. Filter: Change Drawing Color
  56. Filter: Mono Color
  57. Filter: Gray Scale
  58. Filter: Black & White
  59. Filter: Posterize
  60. Filter: Gaussian Blur
  61. Filter: Zooming Blur
  62. Filter: Moving Blur
  63. Filter: Mosaic
  64. Filter: Stroke (Both)
  65. Filter: Stained Glass
  66. Filter: Wet Edge
  67. Filter: Glow (Inner)
  68. Filter: Stroke (Outer)
  69. Filter: Drop Shadow
  70. Filter: Parallel Gradation
  71. Filter: Concentric Gradation
  72. Filter: Radial Line Gradation
  73. Filter: Sphere Lens
  74. Filter: Blur Frame
  75. Notes About Tracing