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In this video, we are going to talk about Pick Up Underlying Color. Pick Up Underlying Color is an interesting attribute that can be turned on and off of layers. Effectively, what it does is, it treats all the layers as if it's one big happy flat painting, even though it's all layered. And as you've seen in the previous videos, how we have built this amazing abstract up to be able to do it in layers, is really a very effective way to have quite a bit of control over what's happening from layer to layer, and how you can change them.
And so, I want to show you this preserve transparency and how it even goes a step farther. So I'm going to create another new layer on the top of all the layers that we've got so far. So now here we are, we have got this layer atop everything else, and right here is Pick Up Underlying Color, and it happens to be on. So I am going to turn it off, so you can see how this works. And I want to get a brush that has a lot of smeariness to it, and that would be the Wet Brush here. So let's get that.
And I'm going to go ahead and paint right in this area here. I want to show you what happens. See how nothing happens. Now, I actually did that on purpose because I want to show you something. Having been associated with painting over the years, I can't tell you how many emails I've gotten people saying, I'm trying to paint and it's not painting, what's wrong? Now there are a whole laundry-list of reasons that can do that, and at the end of the title I am going to give you such a list. But I just want to show you right now because we were just playing with Preserve Transparency.
If you're working on an image and for some reason all of a sudden a brush isn't working, the first place to look is right there, check to see if that's on or off. And if it's on, that's why it's not painting, and I'd say it's probably a good 70% of the reason people will say, my brush isn't working anymore. And it's not because they're stupid, it's easily done. You turn it on for some purpose, and later on you forget that you did that, and you come back and nothing is happening, and that's exactly why it is. So I wanted to purposely do that so you could see that by turning this off, we will be able to paint once again.
And so, I am going to take this brush and let's get kind of a dark red here. I am just going to start to paint in here. But see right now it's painting and it's doing an interesting job, but this really isn't what the character of this brush is designed to do. Although you can sometimes use the lack of Pick Up Underlying Colors on to get a specifically sort of short stroke like this with this particular brush. But let's clean all this off.
And now I am going to enable Pick Up Underlying Color. Now watch the difference in character. See how now this brush -- I am smearing, I am just totally screwing around with my image, do different colors. I will get some white even and just -- for all the world, it looks like, well you just messed up that image. However, this is all on a separate layer. Even though, it's on one layer, it knows how to look beneath it and use the colors with this particular brush, which is designed to not only lay down color, but smear any underlying color it finds with it, you can do that on a layer on top of everything else.
The odd thing is if you pick this up and move it, it looks kind of nonsensical. Well actually, it looks kind of neat, but it's a bit nonsensical looking. But if I undo and pop it back where it belongs, now everything is as it should be, and it just appears as if somehow everything has been smeared. If the layer palette was closed, you would look at this and you could just as easily assume it's a flat image, as much as it is a layered image, because of the quality of Pick Up Underlying Color.
So Pick Up Underlying Color is one of the tools in Painter that allow you to build up a painting, particularly with brushes that do exhibit some intermixing with color that it finds underneath of it. And as long as you have Pick Up Underlying Color enabled in the Layer palette, you can work on as many layers as you want and the overall effect will be that it looks like an individual flat image. It's up to you to create the layers as you go, to have the flexibility, for example, just to play around with it.
Let's select that layer, and I'm going to go back to my Layer palette. And I am going to temporarily turn off Auto Select Layer. So now I can turn that off. And I am actually moving it out from under where it was smeared. And once again, just a simple undo takes that back there. But this whole world of painting on multiple layers, and then you factor into it, the ability to pick up the underlying color it finds under any visible elements on the layers beneath it, is a very addicting kind of world to work in.
And I guarantee you, once you start working in layers, particularly as you are painting from scratch, you'll never go back.
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