Tap into the power of lay­ers

Learn all the Lay­ers fea­tures in the new ver­sion of Sketch­Book Pro with a three-step ba­sic for­mula by Paris Chris­tou

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Learn the Lay­ers fea­tures in Sketch­Book Pro with Paris Chris­tou.

Lay­ers, and how they work, are an in­te­gral part of Sketch­Book Pro’s flex­i­bil­ity. To those un­fa­mil­iar with the term, a layer is an im­age stacked on top of an­other, and they are the build­ing blocks to a piece of art­work.

Imag­ine Sketch­Book Pro lay­ers as glass that you can see through. So for ex­am­ple if I were to draw or paint a clear blue sky

1 The back­ground layer

The back­ground layer en­ables you to change the colour – and there­fore the fun­da­men­tal mood – of your can­vas. To do this in Sketch­Book Pro, you sim­ply click the big white cir­cle on the back­ground layer to open the colour wheel, and then you need to se­lect the colour of your choice. Turn­ing off the eye icon on the back­ground layer will give you a trans­par­ent back­ground, which some may find use­ful.

2 The Lay­ers panel

All the fea­tures on the Lay­ers panel are short­cuts de­signed to help you man­age your Sketch­Book Pro lay­ers. They are as fol­lows: Add a new layer (A); Add a new group (B); Add an im­age (C); Clear any­thing on a se­lected layer (D); Drop­down menu of all the op­tions of the Layer Edi­tor (E); Drop-down menu of all the Blend Modes (F); and fi­nally The Opac­ity bar (G). Once you get used to them they’re re­ally use­ful.

3 Your layer op­tions

Here are all the fea­tures on a layer that you can ma­nip­u­late in Sketch­Book Pro: Hide/ View a layer (A); Colour la­bel your lay­ers (B); Lock the Trans­parency (C); The Opac­ity bar (D); Drag a layer (E); and fi­nally, Click and hold down to launch the layer op­tions (F). Then flick any of the fol­low­ing icons: Add Layer, Delete Layer, Re­name Layer, Merge All, Merge with Be­low, Lock Layer, Hide, Du­pli­cate Layer. on a piece of glass (a layer) and then add an­other piece of glass (a new layer) on top, I can still see the paint­ing of the blue sky be­low through the new layer. This is use­ful to the dig­i­tal artist be­cause they can just draw and paint a for­est on the new layer that will go to­gether with the clear blue sky.

Okay, let’s see how Sketch­Book Pro helps you man­age your lay­ers.

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