Dynamic Layers

Dynamic layers are a class of layers that provide dynamic effects to the underlying image. Some dynamic layers, such as Glass Distortion and Equalize, interact with the underlying images in a specific area to produce effects. Other dynamic layers, such as Liquid Metal, interact with the underlying images as you apply brush strokes.

Dynamic layers are different from other effects because they are distinct objects — you can access them on the Layers palette and update their controls to modify them at any time.

This chapter can help you manage dynamic layers on the Layers palette. For detailed information about creating and working with dynamic layers, see "Dynamic Plug-ins" in the Help.

Watercolor Layers

The Watercolor layer is a special layer reserved for Watercolor brushes. It enables the paint applied with these brushes to mix and flow together. You can create multiple Watercolor layers in a document. These layers are part of the layer hierarchy and appear on the Layers palette, where they are characterized by a blue ink droplet icon

In earlier versions of the application, if you applied watercolor brush strokes, they were applied to the Canvas layer and, as such, were uneditable. Now, when you apply a Watercolor brush to the canvas or to an image layer, a new Watercolor layer is automatically created. You can edit Watercolor layers as you would any other layer, including erasing and blurring, without affecting other layers.

Refer to "Working with the Watercolor Layer" on page 170 for more information about working with Watercolor layers.

Liquid Ink Layers

The Liquid Ink layer is a special layer reserved for Liquid Ink brushes. You can create multiple Liquid Ink layers in a document. These layers are part of the layer hierarchy and appear on the Layers palette, where they are characterized by a black ink droplet icon

When you apply one of the Liquid Ink brushes to the canvas or to an image layer, a new Liquid Ink layer is automatically created. You can edit Liquid Ink layers without affecting other layers.

Refer to "Working with the Liquid Ink Layer" on page 175 for more information about working with Liquid Ink layers.

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