Part 2 of 6: Background, Raster, Vector and Art Media Layers

Part 2 of 6: Background, Raster, Vector and Art Media Layers

Hi there and welcome to our second video in
the Layers series for Corel PaintShop Pro. Today we’re going to discuss Background, Raster,
Vector, and Art Media layers, and the differences between them. So in our last video we went over the basics
of what layers are in relation to photo editing, where you can view, add, and locate them in
PaintShop Pro, and how to create layers. Now, let’s get into the various kinds of layers,
and what they’re used for. First on the list we have the Background Layer. The Background Layer is a unique layer in
the sense that you can really only have one. Just as painters can layer countless colors
of paint in other media, they can do so using only one canvass at a time – so think of the
background like your canvass. Next, we have Raster Layers. raster are probably the most commonly-used
layers in PaintShop Pro, and so let’s start out with a definition of what “Raster” actually
means – this is a question that comes up a lot when people are starting to learn more
about digital photography. In computer graphics, raster graphics are
images comprised of a “dot matrix,” representing a general grid of pixels, or dots, of color. Examples of raster images include jpgs, gif
files, bitmaps, and pngs. In this case, it’s easier to remember that
when you’re working with photos, those are always going to be raster images. The next-most commonly-used layer types in
PaintShop Pro are Vector Layers, and unlike jpgs and bitmap images, vector graphics are
defined as paths, which are comprised of geometric images such as points, lines, curves, and
shapes or polygons, all of which are mathematical. And text would be a common example of a vector,
as its size is determined by point size. If you start typing text in PaintShop Pro,
a vector layer will automatically be created by the program for you to use for that text,
and that will allow you to change fonts and point sizes. Last but not least are Art Media layers. And Art Media layers in PaintShop Pro are
designed to behave in the same way as simulated art projects do. Much the same way as Corel Painter works if
you’ve ever used that, or its sister program Painter Essentials. After doing work in the Art Media layer such
as painting or drawing, this layer can then be converted into a raster layer so that other
effects can be applied to it as if it were a photo. Start using one of the artistic brushes from
the tools and an Art Media layer will automatically be created much like the vector layers are
created are created when you select an object or the text tool. I hope this has shed some light on the mystery
behind layers and what the difference is between them. In our next video we’ll go into Blend modes
and how those can be used to create different effects in your projects. You’ll definitely want to tune in to see that
– it’s a lot of fun! And thank you once again for watching; as
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2 thoughts on “Part 2 of 6: Background, Raster, Vector and Art Media Layers”

  • bat in the attic says:

    I'm trying to learn to use my free trial of paintshop pro x9.  I'm hitting a brick wall and getting annoyed!  Does anybody know if that automatic creation of new art layers can be turned off so that I can be warned when it happens?  Is there any way I can convert a raster layer into an art media layer so that I can continue working on it with the art media tools?  I'm using a Wacom tablet so I keep going to the paintbrush.  Should I avoid the paintbrush because it's a raster tool?

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