Layer Docker

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Some artists pre­fer to cre­ate paint­ings where each one of many lay­ers has a spe­cific pur­pose (line art, colour, shad­ing, lights and so forth). To do this it’s im­por­tant to know how to name, po­si­tion, clone and delete lay­ers, and how to use Opac­ity and Blend­ing modes. A. Blend­ing modes Blend­ing modes en­able you to con­trol how lay­ers af­fect each other. Nor­mal is the de­fault op­tion, but there are many other choices for you: Mul­ti­ply, Lighten, Sat­u­ra­tion, Color and so on. The best way to find out how they work is to experiment, and ob­serve their ef­fects in ac­tion. B. Opac­ity You can con­trol the Opac­ity of a layer sim­ply by mov­ing the slider from left (0 per cent) to right (100 per cent). C. Man­ag­ing lay­ers You can change layer names and see a short preview of what they con­tain by hov­er­ing over them. With the icons to the right you can make lay­ers in­vis­i­ble, lock them for edit­ing, or lock the Al­pha (trans­parency). D. Cloning lay­ers Here you can cre­ate a new layer from a drop-down menu or clone the ex­ist­ing se­lected one. E. Po­si­tion­ing lay­ers You can move an ex­ist­ing layer up and down the hi­er­ar­chy, or move lay­ers out or into groups of lay­ers and also ad­just the layer prop­er­ties. F. Delet­ing layer(s) To delete one layer or many lay­ers si­mul­ta­ne­ously, se­lect them (to se­lect mul­ti­ple lay­ers use Ctrl+click for choos­ing one by one, or Shift+click if choos­ing range of lay­ers) and press the Bin icon.

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