Using Layers For Beginners



The layers are necessary to organize our drawings to add details or erase a defective line in this tutorial I will show you the functions and their different uses to maintain order and work faster with our drawings

Windows and Functions


In these windows we can search, edit, delete and add effects to improve our drawings and have more order in terms of the procedure and final finish of our drawing

A. layer.
here we can organize adjust the opacity define blending modes of our layers to have an order in our work

B. layer property.
Here we can add effects such as a plot for comics, contours of the watercolor border and even change the color of our illustration and make it look striking

C. search for layer.
Here we can search for our layers by adding clues so that the application's neural engine can our lost layer in case we have more than 20 layers or it is similar to another to erase any defect found in it or change any configuration

Window Features

With these functions we can accelerate our workflow in the application to work faster and smarter when we are going to draw

1. Trim
we can add strokes above the base layer

2. Reference
we can paint without getting out of line with some brushes

3 Set as sketch layer
to separate our sketch from the lineart

4. Lock Layer
so as not to stain on that layer in case we erase the last one

5. Lock transparent pixels
to be able to paint in the area without leaving the line

6. New raster layer
add a pixel layer to start the illustration add details or draw below the line

7. New vector layer
add vector layer to edit strokes and 3D objects

8. New layer folder
to organize our drawing or vector layers in case there are many

9. Create layer mask / Apply layer mask
select an area to paint only on it and / merge the mask with the selected layer

10. Transfer to bottom layer / Combine with bottom layer
we can combine our drawing with that of the lower layer leaving a blank layer to start another / we combine the two layers without leaving a trace of it

11. Delete layer
we delete an empty or unwanted layer

12. Show layer in 2 panels
This is in case we have more illustrations in our window or if we have many layers and we cannot see the previous ones to edit them

13. Change palette color
This is in case we want to customize our workspace or to point to a specific layer in case it gets lost and find it quickly

14. Combination modes
These are very useful if you are using watercolor brushes or adding voluminous details to your illustration as final finishes.

15. Change layer color
as its name says you can use this as an alternative gradient map to make your illustration rustic or modern with a maximum of 2 colors

16. Opacity
with it you can make your layer with a more opaque color scale and almost similar to the background to make your lineart or make an illustration without lineart and have guides for your sketch or make your illustration an opaque effect

17. Edge effect
With it we can give our illustration a relief that characterizes the character or thing on that layer, it is advisable to use it with cartoons such as anime manga or own style if the character or thing is transparent when creating a sticker

18. Plot
this is a halftones or screentone to illustrations like black and white comic or manga or characterize some text or image

19.Color of layer
this is like one or another alternative before mentioned gradient map only this is express and you can only add a color as for a scene of a comic that is very intriguing

20. Modes of expression
This is in case you want to change the functions mentioned above to multi-color, gray or monochrome.

21. Show these layers
This is where we are going to add the layer or blending or expression modes in case we lost any of our layers in case we want to export it, copy or delete any defect

22. Include
Here the texts, vector images, ect, will be included to find our lost layer faster

23. Exclude
here we can exclude text comic bullets or reference layer ect so as not to add it in the tracks of our lost layer

Mask Modes With Layers (Basic Use)

Here are the basic uses of masks you can choose the easiest for you when making your projects

Uses Of Layers (The Most Basic)

To edit the filled lineart and more

to paint below the lineart

and to make details

Quick actions you can do with layers

with the layers you can do from basic things to the most complex


In a few words, the layers are for all drawing styles and they will be useful according to the utility that you want to put it I hope you have been interested in this tutorial and you have been able to have another value to the layer function that you had not taken into account

Take a look at my art 🙂



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