Understanding layers

When you create or import an image in Corel Paint Shop Pro, the image has a single layer. Depending on the type of image you created or imported, the single layer is labeled in the Layers palette as Background, Raster, Vector, or Art Media. When you open a photo, scan, or screen capture, the single layer is labeled as Background in the Layers palette.

For most simple corrections and retouching, you do not have to add layers to an image. However, it is a good practice to duplicate the single layer before making image corrections, so that you preserve the original image on its own layer. If you intend to do more complex work, such as adding elements to the image, creating photo compositions, adding text, or applying other effects, it is highly recommended that you use layers.

Layers are like separate sheets that you combine to create a final composition.

Each layer you add begins as a transparent sheet over the background. As you add brush strokes, vector objects, or text, you cover up parts of the Background layer. Transparent areas allow you to see the underlying layers. You can stack multiple layers to create artistic compositions, photo collages, or complex illustrations. For more information about different types of layers, see "Understanding layers" in the Help.

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