Layers and

The Layers palette Layer compatibility Layer Composite Method Altering tone and colorwith layers Using layers with cloning Creating a montage Montage using cloning Cloning from three images

Layers are an important part of Painter and they give considerable additional flexibility both in cloning and in bringing together elements from different photographs. If you are already familiar with using layers in Photoshop you will find that the Painter layers palette looks very similar, however there are some differences, which you will need to be aware of.

This chapter is in four distinct sections.

Section 1 takes the form of a reference section that introduces all the main functions which will enable you to follow and understand the step-by-step examples in the later sections.

Section 2 explains how to use Layers as part of the cloning process. This will enable you to make several different versions and merge them together to make the final picture.

Section 3 is a step-by-step example of a montage consisting of several different images.

Section 4 covers the subject of making montages using cloning techniques from several different original photographs.

The portraits shown in Figures 7.1 and 7.2 were created with several layers of imagery and combined in the layers palette using various Layer Composite Methods, these are described later in this chapter.

The Layers palette will be in use throughout this chapter so if the palette is not already visible on screen, go to Window> Show Layers.

Open the file that is on the DVD called '07 Multi-layered file' which is shown in Figure 7.3. This file has several layers already present which you can use to follow the examples.

Layers can be thought of as clear sheets of acetate placed on top of the Canvas. The layer stack is being viewed from the top so that when the top layer is full of imagery none of the layers beneath are visible.

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