Watercolor Layers

All the brushes in this category use a dedicated layer on which to paint and this is automatically created when you select and use a Watercolor brush. These layers have some special characteristics, e.g. because watercolor will blend when wet, you can return to these layers at a later date and having wet the layer again, paint over the image and paint 'wet on wet', a traditional watercolor technique. This is only possible if you save the picture in RIFF file format, if you save it in any other format this option is lost.

One other thing to be aware of is that the diffusion process to get the watercolor effect is very complex and brush strokes can take longer than usual. Check the layers palette when you have used this brush for several strokes and you will see a blue water-droplet symbol (highlighted in Figure 8.5), when this is moving the brush effect is still being computed so you will need to wait until it has finished.

Figure 8.5

Layers palette showing Painter is calculating watercolor brush strokes.

Figure 8.5

Layers palette showing Painter is calculating watercolor brush strokes.

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