- What is the PicsArt Layer Tool?
- How To use the PicsArt Layer Tool?, And
- Uses of the PicsArt Layer Tool.
What is the PicsArt Layer Tool?
The PicsArt Layer Tool allows you to create multiple images (Layers) within a single image. The PicsArt Layer Tool works by making additional Layers on top of the original image. Thus, giving you full control over you creativity.
So for example: I have an image of me myself and now i have created a new blank “Empty Layer”. So everything that i do on the “Empty Layer” won’t affect the image at the bottom.
That might be and might not be sufficient depending on the user. But there’s a way to escape this limitation and that is through Merging the completed Layers all together.
How to use the PicsArt Layer Tool?
There are options like Camera Brush, Merge, Transform etc. These options allows you to fully control and edit each Layers individually.
1. The Layer Menu
The Layer Menu is present on the top left side with a “+” icon.
There are Four options present in the Layer Menu. These are,
(a) Empty Layer : You can use the “Empty Layer” option to create multiple empty Layers. The limit is set to 9.
(b) Photo Layer : Instead of creating just an Empty Layer. You can use the “Photo Layer” option to create a Photo Layer. Which means, you can add another image on top of the original image.
(c) Camera Layer : Similar to the Photo Layer. You can use the “Camera Layer” option to directly click a Photograph using your Smartphone or Tablet’s camera. Later, you can use the Photo as a Layer.
(d) Camera Brush : The “Camera Brush” option works by creating a Camera Layer as a secondary Layer. The Camera Brush Layer sits behind the original Layer. Only visible when you start brushing over the original image.
2. Delete Option
The “Delete Option” allows you to Remove or Delete the selected Layer.
The Delete Option is present in the center which looks like a dustbin.
3. Layer Properties
The “Layer Properties” (present on the top right corner with three horizontal dots). You’ll get Four more options to control or adjust the Layers.
(a) Transform : “Transform” option allows you to Adjust the size and the position of the Layer.
You can either Increase or Decrease the size of the Layer or vise versa.
(b) Copy : The “Copy” option allows you to duplicate the current Layer. This, creating a duplicate copied Layer.
(c) Merge : “Merge” option enables you to Join or Combine two Layers to form one Layer.
(d) Clear : The “Clear” option allows you to erase all of the changes you’ve made.
4. Layer Blending Options
The “Layer Blending Option” contains 8 Blending Modes (including Normal).
You can use the Blending Modes to blend the Layers to fuse together in various modes.
The Blending Modes are:
(a) Normal : The original form of your image.
(b) Multiply : The “Multiply” option blends two Layers in a combined manner.
Generally throwing the foreground to the background and pulling up the highlighted parts from the background to the foreground.
(c) Lighten : The “Lighten” option will help you to lighten the Layer and make it soft so that the light may pass through.
(d) Darken : “Darken” option will make the “Light” areas transparent and will try to mix the “Darker” areas with the image below (layer below).
(e) Screen : The “Screen” option makes the Layer transparent so that you may see through.
You can use the Screen Option to create a “Neon Glowing Lightsaber”. Or a Lighting Effect.
(f) Xor : The “Xor” option eliminates all the highlighted pixels (areas) from the current Layer, in the bottom Layer.
For Example: Drawing an alphabet “A” on top of an image in a blank empty Layer will result in an “A” shaped hole in the image.
(g) Add : The “Add” option tries to merge the two Layers with the help of Dark and Light pixels.
(h) Overlay : “Overlay” option lightens the Lighter pixels and Darkens the darker pixels. Later Screen’s the layer to make it transparent.
5. Bucket Tool
Now we have the Bucket Tool to help us fill the Layer completely with a colour.
Lastly we have the Tool to adjust the transparency or the opacity of the layer.
Step 1 : Open PicsArt Photo Studio.
Step 2 : Go to PicsArt>Draw>Layers. The Layer Tool is present on the bottom right corner.
Step 3 : Start using the Layer Tool as you understood by reading the Articles above.
Uses of the PicsArt Layer Tool
The Layer Tool can be used is numerous ways to get creative.
Neon Glowing Effect
The Neon Glowing Effect in PicsArt can be achieved by highlighting the desired areas in “White”. Later masking the colour “White” with any other bright colour such as Red, Green, Blue etc.
You can then change the Blending Mode into “Screen”. The end result is as beautiful as the Image above.
Tree Under a Bulb
I used an Image of a “Tree with a bright sun” on top of an image of a “Light Bulb”. I created few duplicate copies which I later blended all together.
Post Blending, I started erasing all unnecessary areas using the PicsArt Eraser Tool.
A beautiful Art created with the help of Layers and Eraser Tool.
Double Exposure is an Art created by using two different images. Not by using any kind of Blending Modes, but by using the Eraser Tool.
And if you want to increase your knowledge over PicsArt. You may continue to read and learn more through the following links provided below.
- PicsArt Editing Tools: Learn about all the Editing Tools in PicsArt.
- PicsArt Editing Tutorial: Learn few Awesome PicsArt Editing Tutorials and increase your skills.
- PicsArt Drawing Tools: Learn about all the drawing tools present in PicsArt.
- PicsArt Drawing Tutorial: Learn to draw using PicsArt.
Thank you very much for reading this Tutorial!