Step 2:create A Painting Layer

■ Click the bottles-before.tif image to make it the active document if it isn't already.

■ Choose Layer ^ New ^ Layer (Shift+ Ctrl+N) to get the New Layer dialog box. Type Paint Layer in the Name box and click OK to create a new transparent layer for painting.

■ To copy the rough sketch into the bottles-before.tif document, click the bottles-dark-strokes.tif document to make it the active document. Then click in the Background layer thumbnail in the Layers palette while pressing Shift and drag it on to the bottles-before.tif document. Pressing the Shift key makes the layers align perfectly.

■ The Layers palette now looks like the one shown in Figure 32.15.



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■ Now close the bottles-dark-strokes.tif as it is no longer needed.

■ Click the Paint Layer layer in the Layers palette to make it the active layer.

■ Choose Edit ^ Fill to get the Fill dialog box shown in Figure 32.16. Click the Use box and select White. Set Mode to Normal and set Opacity to 100%. Click OK to fill the layer.

■ Now click the Hide Layer icon in the left column of the Layer 1 layer in the Layers palette to hide the rough sketch.

If at any point, you want to paint on the Paint Layer layer while being able to view the original image below, first hide the rough sketch layer and then click the Fill box in the Layers palette to get a slider. Slowly slide the slider to the left until you can see the underlying image. At about 80% you can see the image below well enough to paint directly on this layer to make a painting. However, we won't be painting, in this manner in this technique. Instead, we use the History Brush tool and paint directly from a snapshot. We also have a sketch to guide our painting, so being able to view the underlying image is not a requirement in this case. Make sure to slide the Fill slider back to 100%.

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