Blending Layers by Using Composite Methods

A layer's composite method controls how it interacts with the underlying image. You can change composite methods to create special effects without changing the actual images that make up a document.

Corel Painter provides two types of composite settings:

• Composite Method sets the standard composite method.

• Composite Depth controls how a layer's image data interacts with depth information on the canvas and other layers.

For example, if the canvas contains Impasto brush strokes, the Composite Depth setting determines what happens when these brush strokes intersect with brush strokes on the layer. Refer to "Blending Impasto with Other Layers" on page 185 for more information about Composite Depth options.

You can set a different composite method for every layer in a document. Keep in mind the role of the underlying image in creating an effect — you might achieve an unexpected result if the underlying image is solid black or white.

The best way to understand the different composite methods is by seeing them in action. Quickly cycle through a layer's composite methods to create new and interesting versions of your image. For a comparison of Corel Painter composite methods and Adobe PhotoShop blend modes, see "Saving Files That Contain Layers" on page 51.

To change a layer's composite method

1 Select a layer.

2 On the Layers palette, choose a composite method from the Composite Method pop-up menu.

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