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In fact, layers are hardly unique to electronic images. There is still something magical about being able to build up an image in a series of planes, like sheets of electronic glass, each of which can vary in transparency and interact with the layers below to produce exciting new images and colors.
This is called the Background layer, and you can think of it as having paint overlaid on an opaque, solid color surface. Each new one appears on top of the currently active layer, comprising a stack that you can view and manipulate with the Layers tab. We call these additional layers standard layers to differentiate them from the Background layer.
Standard layers behave like transparent sheets through which the underlying layers are visible. In the example on p. Other types of layers also exist in PhotoPlus: Shape layers are specifically designed to keep drawn lines and shapes including QuickShapes separate from the other layers so that they remain editable. See Drawing and editing lines and shapes; p. See Creating and editing text; p.
See Using adjustment layers; p. You also have full control over effects in the future. See Using filter layers; p. A key distinction is that pixels on the Background layer are always opaque, while those on standard layers can vary in opacity or transparency—another way of expressing the same property. A couple of examples will show how this rule is applied in PhotoPlus: Suppose you are creating a new image.
If you pick White or Background Color, the Layers tab shows a single layer in the new image named "Background. The same operations on a standard layer expose a transparent hole. Selections and layers With few exceptions, you will work on just one layer at any given time, clicking in the Layers tab to select the current or active layer.
Selections and layers are related concepts. Operations involving layers Many standard operations, such as painting, selecting and moving, Clipboard actions, adjusting colors, applying effects, and so on, are possible on both the Background layer and standard layers. Others, such as rearranging the order of layers in the stack, setting up different color interactions blend modes and blend ranges between layers, varying layer opacity transparency , applying 2D layer effects and 3D layer effects, using 34 Layers and Masks depth maps, creating animation frames, or masking, only work with standard layers.
Once an image has more than just a background layer, the layer information can only be preserved by saving the image in the native PhotoPlus. SPP format. Multiple layers are merged when you export an image to a standard "flat" bitmap format e. SPP files, and only export to a different file format as the final step. Some standard operations can be applied to all layers simultaneously by checking the Use All Layers option from the Context toolbar. To carry out basic layer operations: To select a layer, click on its name in the Layers tab.
The selected layer is now the active layer. Once selected, multiple layers can be moved, linked, aligned, duplicated, grouped, rearranged, hidden, merged and deleted.
To select all standard layers, choose Select All layers from the Layers menu, or for just linked layers, choose Select Linked Layers. To create a new standard layer above the active layer, click the New Layer button on the Layers tab. Dragging a file icon and dropping it onto the current window also creates a new layer from the dragged image. Click the New Adjustment Layer button to apply an image adjustment to a layer See Using adjustment layers on p.
To remove one or more selected layers, click the Delete Layer button on the Layers tab. Use lock buttons on the Layers tab to prevent accidental modification of opacity, pixel color, object positions or all three on the active layer or group , respectively. To convert any shape or text layer to a standard layer, right-click on the layer name and choose Rasterize from the menu.
To convert the Background layer to a standard transparent layer, rightclick "Background" on the Layers tab and choose Promote to Layer.
To convert the layer to a non-destructive filter layer, for applying and managing effect and adjustment filters, right-click and select Convert to Filter Layer. See Using filter layers on p. To select nontransparent regions on a layer, Ctrl-click on a layer thumbnail. Use Invert to selection transparent regions.
To align layer content, select one or more layers as above , then choose Align from the Layers menu, then select an option from the submenu. To distribute layer content, select one or more layers as above , then choose Distribute from the Layers menu, then select an option from the submenu.
The former command leaves the original region intact; the latter cuts the original region to the Clipboard. To clone one or more active layers and their contents as new standard layers, right-click the selected layers then choose Duplicate The process also lets you copy the layer to a new or currently opened image.
To link layers, select multiple layers and choose Link Layers from the Layers menu or right-click in the Layers tab. To rearrange layers, select the layer s in the Layers tab and drag up or down. A red line "drop target" appears between layers as you drag. Drop the layer s on a target to relocate in the stack.
To merge layers together into one, right click and choose Merge Down merges into layer below , Merge Visible merges only visible layers , Merge Selected Layers merges currently selected layers , or Merge All to flatten all layers into one. Layers and Masks 37 Using layer groups For greater management and efficiency it is possible to place selected layers into a created group.
There are many reasons why you might want to use groups in addition to layers. Here are a few To create a self-contained group of layers which are all related, e. To collect layers together which make up a specific photo feature, e. To make a mask or blend apply to only specific layers, i.
To apply changes to a group that you would otherwise have to apply to each layer in turn—thus improving efficiency. In reality a group is really just another layer but one which can store layers within itself.
To create a Layer Group: In the Layers tab, select a layer to set the position in the layer stack in which you want to place the Layer Group. In the dialog, enter group name, blend mode, opacity, and blend range for the group. Click OK. The layer s will then appear indented under the group. Alternatively, you can select multiple layers and add them to a new unnamed group by selecting either New Layer Group from Selected Layers or Group Layers on the Layers menu. To remove a layer: To remove the layer s , drag the layer away from the group and drop it into an ungrouped area of the Layers tab.
You can also use Ungroup Layers from the Layers menu if all layers are to be removed. You cannot move the Background layer to a group.
Using blend modes You can think of blend modes as different rules for putting pixels together to create a resulting color.
Behind and Clear modes are only available for tools and not for layers. For more details, see PhotoPlus help. Fully opaque pixels contribute their full color value to the image. Fully transparent pixels are invisible: they contribute nothing to the image. Inbetween pixels are called semi-transparent. As a property of individual standard layers in example above.
To read the opacity values of pixels on the active layer: 1. Select the Color Pickup Tool from the Tools toolbar and move it around the image.
Read the value shown for "O" Opacity on the Hintline e. The readout updates constantly, showing the opacity value of each pixel under the cursor. For more useful hints and tips about using opacity, see PhotoPlus help. Using depth maps Depth maps let you add remarkable 3D realism to ordinary images. A standard "flat" image, of course, has only two dimensions: X and Y, or width and height. Adding a depth map to a layer gives you an extra channel that stores information for a third Z-axis or depth dimension, in effect adding "volume" to the image.
The example opposite was created simply by painting in white on a green background with a fuzzy brush on the depth map. Changes on the "map" layer produce the effect of highs and lows in the "surface" Elements Fire Storm.
Serif DrawPlus X4
It has lots of things use. If you are serious about drawing on your computer, I will have to say this software is great for you. Softwares you can also try along with this is that are free: Gimp - a free photoshop but, it lacks some features Inkscape - great for 2d art paint. Cons, it has only one brush realworldpaint - good for 2d art too. Also does a great job with 3d art but not as good as gimp.
DrawPlus X4 User Guide
Features[ edit ] Object creation and editing[ edit ] DrawPlus provides a range of object creation and editing tools which are common in other editors, and also offers additional tools  Pencil and Paintbrush tools create freehand curves. All of these tools can also be used to manipulate existing curves. Arc, Spiral, and Triangle tools create curves B-Spline tool creates B-Spline curves Context-sensitive Node tool provides control over post-editing objects and nodes. A range of QuickShapes which are predefined simple shapes that can be quickly modified with sliders to adjust certain parameters, for example quickly creating rounded rectangles, etc. Vector Flood Fill tool fills visible areas Eraser tool for intuitive object erasing and manipulation.
PhotoPlus X4 User Guide - Serif