The basics of layer properties

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[1] About the effects of Layer Properties

When you turn on the effects, the effects related to the set items will be displayed. You can also select multiple items at the same time.

In the navigation panel, you can display/switch the tools and sub tools that can be used on the selected layer.


In border effect, not only tones and layer colors can be set for each layers, but they can also be set for each folders. When applied to a folder, you can set the effects to all the layers available in that folder.


[2] Border effect

You can apply effects to the parts drawn on the layer and the edge (boundaries) of the material. There are two types of border effects, which are outline and edge; both can be set at the same time.

* When [Gradient Layer] and [Fill Selected Layer] are selected, it will not be displayed.


1 . Edge


You can apply an outline effect around the part that is being drawn. You can use this effect when you want to make a character or a sound effect stand out.


① Outline thickness

You can change the outline’s thickness. The lower the value is, the thinner the outline will be. The higher the value is, the thicker the outline will be.


② Outline color

You can change the outline’s color. You can change the current color by clicking on it and then on the right icon from the [Color Setting] dialog.


■2. Watercolor effect


You can apply a watercolor blend effect around the part that is being drawn. You can use this effect when you want to add a watercolor effect to your drawing.


① Area

Set the range (width) to which the watercolor effect is added. The higher the number is, the larger the border will be displayed.


② Transparency effect

Set the opacity of the border. The higher the number is, the more visible it will be.


③ Luminosity effect

Set the luminosity of the border. The higher the number is, the darker it will be.


④ Blur Width

Set the blurriness effect of the border. The higher the number is, the blurrier it will be.


[3] Extract line [EX]

This effect is used to extract the drawing's lines from the layers.

* When [Gradient Layer], [Fill Select layer] and [Folder] are selected, it will not be displayed .



① Extractline system

You can select the accuracy to extract the lines from [Fast], [High accuracy], and [Highest accuracy]. The higher the accuracy, the higher the quality of the lines will be displayed.

② Extract after posterization

When turned on, extract the lines after converting the original layer to black and white.

- Control of posterization

Adjust the gray density of the posterization to extract the lines in a drawing. You can set the posterization steps and numerical values.

③ Threshold of filling in black

Fill the area in black with the slider.

④ Correction line width

Adjust the width of the lines with the slider.

⑤ Threshold of edge

With the slider, adjust the gray density of the posterization to extract the lines in a drawing. The smaller the number, the wider the portion will be extracted as a line drawing.

⑥ Edge detection direction

When the arrows are on, they will detect the direction of the lines in the drawing. When turned off, the detection will be weaker.

⑦ Execution of LT conversion of a layer

The [LT conversion of layer] dialog will be displayed.

By taking the content of [Tone] and [Extract line], you can convert your currently selected layer into a drawing with lines and tones.


[4] Tone

This effect displays black and white dots (tone) on the layer. You can set a tone with one click without going into a process such as filters. Just like with the normal effects of tones, you can change the number of lines, angle, patterns and so on.


① Number of screen frequency

Specify the number of lines for tones (dots). The smaller the number is, the larger the dots will be.

② Density

Specify and set the tone density.

- Using the image color

Set the tone's density based on the colors of the image. The darker the color is, the more visible the tone will be and vice versa.


- Using the image brightness

Set the tone's density based on the image brightness. The part drawn on a layer below will be displayed transparently.


- Use of specified density

When [Fill Select Layer] is selected, it will not be displayed . When selecting this item, you can set the tone density with the slider.


- Reflect layer opacity

When the tone layer is switched on, you can adjust the size of the dots with the opacity slider.


③ Posterization

Tone is displayed in posterization.

A (Density): This displays the density value of the tone. By clicking, you can directly change the values.

B: (Preview): A preview of the posterization will be displayed.

C: (Node): This is a controller to adjust the density of the posterization.

- You can adjust the area of the posterization reflecting the tone density by dragging it to the left or the right.

- You can delete the node by dragging [Control of posterization] outside the layer.

- You can add nodes by clicking on an empty space.


④ Dot settings

You can select the shape of the tone you want from a variety of shapes available.


⑤ Angle

You can set the angle of the tone dots. By default it is set to 45 degrees.

⑥ Noise size / Noise factor

When [Noise] is selected in [Dot settings], you can set the noise size (size of the grain) / factor (noise movement).


⑦ Dot position

You can move the pattern of the tone dots.

If you want to move it horizontally, change the value of (X). Move it to the right toward + for higher values, and to the left toward - for lower values.

If you want to move it vertically, change the value of (Y). Move it upward toward + for higher values, and downward - for lower values.


[5] Display decrease color

When [Image material layer] and/or [3D layer] are selected, it will not be displayed .

This effect allows you to preview the layer in [Monochrome] or [Gray] while maintaining the original colors of the drawing.

① Expression color

You can choose to use either [Gray] or [Monochrome] for color reduction.

② Drawing color

When selecting the expression color of ①, set the drawings colors.

③ Color threshold

The value of the color threshold can be set with the slider and divide it into [Black] and [White].

* It will be displayed when the colors of the original layer are in color or in gray (black and white) and the colors of ① is set to [Monochrome].


④ Alpha threshold

The opacity of the threshold can be set with the slider and divide it into [Black] [White], and [Transparency].


⑤ Reflect the layer opacity

When checked, the [Drawing color] will be divided into black and white based on the opacity of the layer.     


[6] Texture synthesis

When [Image material layer] is selected, it will not be displayed .

[Image material layer] is an effect to display a texture on a picture. You can use the texture when you want to make your picture look different.


You can adjust the strength of the texture with the slider [Strength].


When texture synthesis is switched on, the texture will be synthesized from the layer to the image below. Also, if it is created in the upper part of the layer folder, you can only synthesize the texture with the folder contents.


[7] Layer color

If the expression color of the layer is [Gray] [Monochrome], change the [Black] part as a main color and replace the part drawn in [White] as a sub color to display it. In the case of a [Color] layer, the main color and sub color will be applied after it is being converted to grayscale.

You can use this effect when drawing a draft, or for checking where the tones have been pasted if you drew your manga in monochrome.


① Layer color

When clicking on this, you can directly change the colors of the drawing. Also, by clicking the [▼] icon a dialog box will appear to select a color.

② Sub color

You can specify a substitute color for the white part of the layer. Just like the layer color, you can select any color with the [▼] icon. This item is not displayed as a single-color layer.


[POINT:When saving in a specific format / When printing]

When saving or printing in the specified format as JPEG etc., the file will be output in the layer color that was specified.

For example, when drawing with black and then specifying the layer color to make it blue, it will be output in blue instead of the original black.

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