Using Simple Lager Functions

Knowing how to create and adjust layers is only the beginning of what you can do with them. As always, you need to crawl before you can walk, so the following sections show some of the basic functions you can do with your layers.

Copying layers

1 really like to use the Undo button when I'm working on a drawing. The only problem is that Manga Studio allows a limited number of undos. So every now and then, I make a copy of the layer I'm working on as my safety net. Then, if I don't like where the drawing is going, I can scrap that layer and work from the backup layer.

Another reason to create a copy (or multiple copies) of a layer is to make duplicates of a character or object that doesn't change much from panel to panel. Or you can use a copy of a layer to thicken up your ink work. As you work with Manga Studio, you might even come up with ways of using copies of layers that no one else has thought of.

Follow these steps to copy a layer:

1. With your stylus or mouse, highlight the layer you wish to copy.

2. Create a copy of the layer by using one of the following methods:

• Drag the layer to the New Layer button located at the top of the Layers palette.

• Choose Layer1 ^Duplicate Layer.

The layer copy appears above the original in the Layers palette, with "Copy" affixed to the end of the original layer's name, as shown in Figure 6-6.

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Your new layer copy appears above the old one on the Layers palette.

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