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Thread: Simple question on layers

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    Question Simple question on layers

    Hi,

    I'm new to using ArtRage (and really liking it) so this is probably obvious once you know how, but any help would be appreciated:

    I'm playing around using several layers with watercolor paint on them. One for the sky, then one for the sea, another for some distant landscape, another for closer land, then another for some buildings. What I'm finding is that despite the opacity of the top layers being set to 100%, elements of the layers behind are showing through (e.g. if there is paint for the sea behind part of the building, it affects the shade of that part of the building vs. the part without sea behind it. Toggle off the background layers and the building looks uniform). I can understand why you want that in some situations where you want your paint to interact, but what I want in this case is the traditional bog standard layer effect where the top layer covers what is beneath it as you would expect it if wasn't transparent (e.g. what you might get in something like Paint.NET etc.).

    I've played around with the Blend Modes but don't seem to have hit on the right combination if that's how're you're supposed to do it. Any ideas?

    Thanks

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    The Water Color tool always seems to be a little bit transparent, even when you have it's "Thinner" setting put at 0% (unless you turn the Insta-Dry option on, but then you lose the ability to blend into the wet paint of the layer). I'll sometimes duplicate my water color layers, to double up the color and make them more opaque.
    Nothing is easy to the unwilling.

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    Ah right, thanks for the tip, that helps. I guess I should really break out the eraser and clean up my overlaps too.

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