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SaD
7th Mar 2005, 12:39 PM
Layers in Paint Shop Pro 6

Created by: Redlemons (http://www.planetquake.com/redlemons)

Tutorial copied with the friendly permission from Identity Crisis (http://dynamic3.gamespy.com/~identitycrisis) .

Introduction:
Just say you want to change the colour of a part of your image, but you're unsure of whether it will turn out better than the colour it is now. Simply add a new layer to your picture, colour all you want, and see how it looks. If you like it, keep it, and if you don't then you can just delete the layer.
Pretend you want to place a small car into a picture you're working on, but you don't know exactly where you want to place it. Create a new layer, draw your car in and then draw a box around your car with the selection tool. Now you can move your car all around the picture and decide exactly where you want to put it.


http://skincity.beyondunreal.com/tutorials/psp-layers/redcar_ani.gif


And finally, layers are good for blending stuff. That is, making one image partly see-through so that you can see the bottom layer through the top one. You can achieve some interesting effects by doing this.


Example

If you have either Paint Shop Pro 5 or 6 installed, then an excellent example of how layers are used is on your hard drive at the moment. Have a look in the /images folder of your PSP directory and you'll find either timberwolf.psp or Bottle.psp, depending on which version you have.

http://skincity.beyondunreal.com/tutorials/psp-layers/bottle.jpg

I'll use Paint Shop Pro 6 and Bottle.psp as an example.

Open the file and then open the Layer Palette.

http://skincity.beyondunreal.com/tutorials/psp-layers/layers_palette.gif

You will see a whole list of different layers (tomato highlights, stem, tomato shade, etc.) listed from the top layer to the bottom layer. Press Shift+D to duplicate the image so that you don't ruin the original. (This is always a good tip for any graphic editing. Always duplicate the image so you have something to go back to if you mess up.)

http://skincity.beyondunreal.com/tutorials/psp-layers/layer2.gif

Now, click on any layer you want and select any part of the image and move the selection around. See how only the selected part of the selected layer is affected? Do whatever you want now. Move parts around, play with colours/brightness levels, use filters etc. until you're used to working with layers. Drag and drop layers in the Layer Palette to see what happens when Layer 3 is moved up in the list to become Layer 8, for example.

Once you're comfortable with working with layers make your own image and layers and see what you can come up with!