When you open a new document and create an image, your work appears on a background layer known as the Canvas layer. You can add additional layers to a document, which allows you to manipulate the visual elements in the image independently of the canvas.

Layers provide one of the great advantages of creating images in a digital workspace — the freedom to experiment with different compositions and effects without risking an unwanted, permanent edit. The Corel Painter RIF file format preserves layers when you save a document, so you can easily make changes at a later time. There's no need to re-create the entire composition — just modify one or more layers. The result is a dynamic and flexible design environment.

Think of layers as sheets of dear material, such as acetate. Fainting on a layer obscures the image below it. Areas ofa layer that don't contain images remain transparent.

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