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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 ①Reorder handle 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 Reorder handle 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. 01.
    Introduction
  2. 02.
    Start Creating an Artwork
  3. 03.
    Toolbar and Tool Selection
  4. 04.
    Do Your Draft Sketch by Hand
  5. 05.
    About Layers
  6. 06.
    Let's Trace
  7. 07.
    Undo and Eraser
  8. 08.
    Fine Tuning Using the Lasso tool
  9. 09.
    Check by Reflecting Horizontally
  10. 10.
    Select Colors in the Color window
  11. 11.
    Use Color Fill for the Undercoat
  12. 12.
    Turn Clipping On
  13. 13.
    Making a Gradation (Shading)
  14. 14.
    Quick Eyedropper Function
  15. 15.
    Create Highlights and Shadows
  16. 16.
    Paste a Texture
  17. 17.
    Let's Merge Layers
  18. 18.
    Sign Your Artwork
  19. 19.
    View Your Artwork
  20. 20.
    Post Your Artwork
  21. 21.
    Share Your Artwork
  22. 22.
    Prime Membership / Remove Ads Add-on
  23. 23.
    Rearrange artworks
  24. 24.
    Make custom brush
  25. 25.
    Add Color to the Analog Image using Multiply
  26. 26.
    Keep drawing on the computer (Edit in Clip Studio Paint)
  27. 27.
    Stabilizer
  28. 28.
    Layer: Clipping is convenient
  29. 29.
    Layer: Changing the color with Alpha Lock
  30. 30.
    Layer: Let's try using Screen Tone
  31. 31.
    Layer: Selection Layer
  32. 32.
    Layer: Save Layer as Transparent PNG command
  33. 33.
    Layer: Naming your layers to manage them
  34. 34.
    Layer: Rasterize
  35. 35.
    Layer: Layer Folders
  36. 36.
    Layer: Add Layer from Canvas
  37. 37.
    Save canvas as Transparent PNG
  38. 38.
    Make the background transparent with Eraser Bucket
  39. 39.
    Putting texture to the floor with Perspective Form
  40. 40.
    Skirt with Mesh Form
  41. 41.
    Entering text with Text tool
  42. 42.
    Creating manga with Frame Divider tool
  43. 43.
    Enlarging the canvas with Canvas Size
  44. 44.
    Cutting off the canvas with Trim
  45. 45.
    Canvas creation with resolution (dpi) specification
  46. 46.
    Changing image resolution with Resize
  47. 47.
    Texture with Material tool
  48. 48.
    Cut, Copy, Paste
  49. 49.
    Ruler: Straight Ruler
  50. 50.
    Ruler: Circular Ruler
  51. 51.
    Ruler: Elliptical Ruler
  52. 52.
    Ruler: Radial Ruler
  53. 53.
    Ruler: Mirror Ruler
  54. 54.
    Ruler: Kaleidoscope Ruler
  55. 55.
    Ruler: Array Ruler
  56. 56.
    Ruler: Perspective Array Ruler
  57. 57.
    Drawing Tool: Straight Line
  58. 58.
    Drawing Tool: Rectangle
  59. 59.
    Drawing Tool:Circle
  60. 60.
    Drawing Tool:Ellipse
  61. 61.
    Drawing Tool:Regular Polygon
  62. 62.
    Drawing Tool:Bezier Curve
  63. 63.
    Drawing Tool:Polyline
  64. 64.
    Drawing Tool:Fill
  65. 65.
    Filter: Brightness & Contrast
  66. 66.
    Filter: Tone Curve
  67. 67.
    Filter: Hue Saturation Lightness
  68. 68.
    Filter: Color Balance
  69. 69.
    Filter: Extract Drawing
  70. 70.
    Filter: Change Drawing Color
  71. 71.
    Filter: Mono Color
  72. 72.
    Filter: Gray Scale
  73. 73.
    Filter: Black & White
  74. 74.
    Filter: Posterize
  75. 75.
    Filter: Gradation Map
  76. 76.
    Filter: Gaussian Blur
  77. 77.
    Filter: Zooming Blur
  78. 78.
    Filter: Moving Blur
  79. 79.
    Filter: Lens Blur
  80. 80.
    Filter: Mosaic
  81. 81.
    Filter:Unsharp Mask
  82. 82.
    Filter:Frosted Glass
  83. 83.
    Filter: Stroke (Both)
  84. 84.
    Filter: Stained Glass
  85. 85.
    Filter: Wet Edge
  86. 86.
    Filter: Glow (Inner)
  87. 87.
    Filter:Bevel
  88. 88.
    Filter: Relief
  89. 89.
    Filter: Stroke (Outer)
  90. 90.
    Filter: Glow (Outer)
  91. 91.
    Filter: Drop Shadow
  92. 92.
    Filter: Parallel Gradation
  93. 93.
    Filter: Concentric Gradation
  94. 94.
    Filter: Radial Line Gradation
  95. 95.
    Filter: Radial Line
  96. 96.
    Filter: Speed Line
  97. 97.
    Filter: Clouds
  98. 98.
    Filter: Auto Paint
  99. 99.
    Filter: Anime Background
  100. 100.
    Filter: Manga Background
  101. 101.
    Filter: Channel Shift (Color Shift, RGB Shift)
  102. 102.
    Filter:Glitch
  103. 103.
    Filter:Noise
  104. 104.
    Filter:Sheer
  105. 105.
    Filter: Pixelate Crystalize
  106. 106.
    Filter: Hexagonal Pixelate
  107. 107.
    Filter: Square Pixelate
  108. 108.
    Filter: Triangular Pixelate
  109. 109.
    Filter: Pointillize
  110. 110.
    Filter: Dots (Hexagonal)
  111. 111.
    Filter: Dots (Square)
  112. 112.
    Filter: Expansion
  113. 113.
    Filter: Fisheye Lens
  114. 114.
    Filter: Sphere Lens
  115. 115.
    Filter:Wave
  116. 116.
    Filter: Ripple
  117. 117.
    Filter: Twirl
  118. 118.
    Filter: Polar Coordinates
  119. 119.
    Filter: Table
  120. 120.
    Filter: Blur Frame
  121. 121.
    Switching devices / transferring data (with Dropbox)
  122. 122.
    Switching devices / transferring data (with SD card on Android)
  123. 123.
    Switching devices / transferring data (with PC on iOS)
  124. 124.
    Model change / Transfer (Backup settings)
  125. 125.
    Settings window details
  126. 126.
    Details of Brush Parameters
  127. 127.
    Bucket tool details
  128. 128.
    Blend mode details
  129. 129.
    How to upload transparent PNG onto Twitter
  130. 130.
    How to export Photoshop file (PSD)
  131. 131.
    How To Draw Manga (Monochrome two-tone printing)
  132. 132.
    Notes About Tracing