Using Lock Transparency
Paris Christou shows you an effective way to take advantage of the power of SketchBook Pro's Lock Transparency function
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SketchBook Pro 7 for Windows and Mac offers a variety of tools and options designed specifically to help improve our workflow. Along with all the amazing user-friendly tools the software offers, the Lock Transparency function can make your life much easier. You’ll learn where to find this function, how to colour your line-art and
1 Locate the Lock Transparency function
The Lock Transparency function is located at the bottom right of each layer (the padlock icon). This function enables you to edit anything you draw or paint on a layer, which can speed up your workflow significantly. Bear in mind that when you draw or paint, it’s always best to separate your primary elements on to different layers before applying the Lock Transparency function.
2 Paint an element and lock its transparency
Select a paint brush and paint an orange circle on a layer. If you then enable Lock Transparency on this layer, you can paint only inside the orange circle. This means you’ll keep your edges nice and sharp. However, you won’t be able to erase the orange circle as long as Lock Transparency is enabled, because this function enables you only to add to the layer and not subtract from it.
3 Render the painted element
Switch to the Airbrush tool or a soft Round brush and choose a dark brown colour. Begin painting around the side of the orange circle and you’ll soon see the effect of Lock Transparency. Notice how accurate the edges are: your paint stays within the painted circle. This technique keeps your painting clean, enabling you to focus on blending and colouring your artwork. even render any element you either draw or paint on the canvas using Lock Transparency. The name isn’t very helpful: it doesn’t so much lock anything as mask transparent areas of a layer. All you really need to remember is that when it’s active, you can only affect content that already exists on the layer, not draw or paint in new areas. This is a basic formula to help you better understand this function.