Pixel-art: Aseprite #1- Layers
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What are layers?
You may have heard of Layers before. That’s because they exist in every art program except MS Paint!
Layers are an essential tooled used by a vast majority of artists.
Lets explain why people use them & how to use them in Aseprite.
What are Layers?
Layers are like sheets of transparent paper that allow drawing to be independent from other layers. This allows artists to add more depth to their drawings.
Here’s an example of layers being used. Each color has its own independent layer which allows all brush & eraser actions to only affect the selected layer.
Why do we need them?
Layers allow artists to draw highly rendered artwork by layering detail in.
For example, an artist can sketch on a layer then draw cleaner lines on top of it using a separate layer.
As for Animators, layers allow them to create motion without having to redraw segments of a drawing.
The separation makes animating individual
In large scale animations, having structure saves a TON of time.
Understanding how to use your tools is just as important as your skill. So before we learn how to apply these tools, lets overview how to use them.
Double click the Layer to rename it.
Creating a Layer
1. Right-Clicking, and pressing Create New Layer
2. Shift + N
Toggle visibility by pressing the Eyeball icon.
This applies to Grouped Layers.
Move layers around by Selecting a Layer, hovering your mouse over the edge, then dragging the layer up/down.
1.Right-Clicking and press Create New Group
2. Alt + Shift + N
Grouped Layers function similarly to Individual Layers.
Move and toggle visibility the same way.
Merge down is a great way to add depth without adding an additional Layer.
The same as Merge Down except it merges all Layers.