Layers

Learn how best to work with layers in Adobe Fresco so you can easily edit and enhance your artwork.

Layers help in keeping different elements of your artwork separate so you can easily edit them.
Editing is easy when you have different artwork elements on different layers!

Layers help you keep different elements of your artwork separate. You can also select multiple layers and apply an action to more than one layer at a time.

When you draw in Adobe Fresco with pixel and vector brushes, you will notice that Adobe Fresco intelligently places the drawings on different layers. You can also create layers manually.

Layer actions

In Adobe Fresco, you get a wide range of actions to work with layers. For example, you can easily hide a layer to focus on all the elements of the drawing that lie outside of that layer. Or you can easily rearrange layers to move some elements of your artwork to the foreground or background.

You will find icons for frequently needed actions like Add Layer  and Hide Layer  right there on the Taskbar. For other actions, tap the More Options  icon to display the Layer Actions pop-up menu and select the action.

To move any layer, long-press on the layer and then drag it up or down to the desired location in the layer hierarchy.

Select multiple layers to quickly transform, apply opacity or blend mode adjustments, change visibility or create a group.

 

Want to convert a vector layer into a pixel layer?

Use the Convert to Pixel action to convert a vector layer into a pixel layer if you want to edit your drawing on the vector layer with pixel brushes or live brushes.

Convert to Pixel action
A. Drawing with a pixel brush on a vector layer B. Drawing with a pixel brush on a converted vector layer

After the conversion, the elements on the layer might pixelate if they are made larger.

What does the Merge Down action do?

Use the Merge Down  action to combine more than one layer into a single layer if you want to edit the elements of the different layers together. 

Merge Down action helps combine multiple layers into one for easy editing.
Merge Down action helps combine multiple layers into one for easy editing

Remember that you won't be able to split the merged layers unless you immediately tap Undo  after the merge action.

Layer group actions

When your artwork has many layers, creating smaller layer groups helps you keep your workspace uncluttered. You have many actions for layer groups in Fresco to do your work faster.

Layer groups help you organize your layers for quick editing. To group multiple layers, long-press and drag one layer on top of another.
To group multiple layers, long-press and drag one layer on top of another.

Layer mask actions

With layer masks, you can control the transparency of parts of layers. You have actions such as Invert Mask  and Link Mask  to get more precise control and outcome.

For more information about how to use masking for the outcome you want, see Layer masks.

Clear layer contents

You can choose Clear layer to empty the contents of a layer from Layer actions menu. Clear layer sets pixels to transparent for raster layers and erases paths on a vector layer. This action does not appear for layer groups. Clear layer is enabled in all cases where the layer is editable. For example, it is hidden when a layer is locked or not visible.

clear layer contents
clear layer contents

Select multiple layers

Select multiple layers to simultaneously move, copy, merge, transform, or delete them.

To select multiple layers and access the multiple layer actions:

  1. Select any layer and tap the More options () icon on the taskbar on your right, the Layer actions menu appears. In the menu, tap Select multiple. 

    mutilayer support
    Select multiple layers

  2. Tap more layers to add to the count. At the top of the layer stack, you can see the count of the number of selected layers. 

     You can also use the Touch shortcut to select multiple layers.

  3. After selecting multiple layers, click the More options () icon.
    In the Multiple layer actions menu, you have the options to delete, duplicate, and copy layers. You can also merge all the selected layers.

    select multiple layer actions
    To perform these actions, select multiple layers and tap: A to delete, B to duplicate, C to copy, and D to merge.

Move multiple layers at once

Multi-select the layers that you want to move at once. Tap, hold, and drag-and-drop the group to the destination in the layer stack. 

Move multiple layers at once
Move multiple layers at once

Transform multiple layers at once

Multi-select the layers that you want to transform. Tap the Move & transform tool in the toolbar to move, flip, scale, rotate, resize, or nudge all the selected layers at once.

Transform multiple layers at once
Select the Transform tool to move, change the size, flip or rotate the layers together

After transforming the layers, you can exit from the multiple layers mode by tapping close (x) at the top of the layer stack.

 Need more space and want to hide the nudge control? Tap the nudge icon in the Transform toolbar to hide it. Tap it again to show it.

Color adjustment layers

An adjustment layer applies color and tonal adjustments to your image without permanently changing pixel values. For example, rather than making a Levels or Curves adjustment directly to your image, you can create a Levels or Curves adjustment layer. The color and tonal adjustments are stored in the adjustment layer and apply to all the layers below it; you can correct multiple layers by making a single adjustment, rather than adjusting each layer separately. You can discard your changes and restore the original image at any time.

Adjustment layers provide the following advantages:

  • Nondestructive edits. You can try different settings and re‑edit the adjustment layer at any time. You can also reduce the effect of the adjustment by lowering the opacity of the layer.

  • Selective editing. Paint on the adjustment layer's image mask to apply an adjustment to part of an image. Later you can control which parts of the image are adjusted by re-editing the layer mask. You can vary the adjustment by painting on the mask with different tones of gray.

  • Ability to apply adjustments to multiple images. Copy and paste adjustment layers between images to apply the same color and tonal adjustments.

Adjustment layers have many of the same characteristics as other layers. You can adjust their opacity and blending mode, and you can group them to apply the adjustment to specific layers. Likewise, you can turn their visibility on and off to apply or preview the effect.

 The color adjustment layers in Fresco — Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, and Color Balance — match Photoshop adjustment layers. These adjustment layers will open and save properly with Photoshop.

Fresco supports three types of color adjustments and Clip feature.

1. On the right pane, tap the Appearances icon   in the taskbar.

2. To get started, experiment with Hue/Saturation , Brightness/Contrast , and Color Balance .

Using Brightness/Contrast on an image:

1. Tap open the Layer Properties panel, use slider controls to adjust the brightness and contrast for your layer stack.

2. Make changes to all layers below the main layer stack, using the adjustment layer.

Using Hue/Saturation on an image:

Adjust the Hue/Saturation of the image using slider controls. The Hue/Saturation controls all the colors in the image.

You can isolate one color range and alter the effect. It provides another level of control to the user to colorize with different tones.

Using Color Balance on an image:

By using color balance, you can play with the color intensity using sliders to ranges that makes the image richer and also isolate shadows.

Adjustment layers and clipping masks

The effects of an adjustment layer can be clipped to a particular layer or layer group. You can do this by selecting the Clip box  when creating the Adjustment layer or by selecting the adjustment layer and tapping on the Clipping Layer icon  on the Layer actions bar.

Adjustment layers and layer masks

You can also combine layer masks with an adjustment layer to mask part of the adjustment. To do this, create an adjustment layer, then tap on the Layer actions menu    and select Create Layer Mask .

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Layer properties

The options in the Layer Properties pop-up help you get interesting visual outcome with your artwork elements.

Blend Mode

Choose a mode to mix colors in a unique way and create a vibrant outcome. You get all the blend modes that you get in Photoshop.

Opacity

Adjust the slider to give a transparent appearance to the selected layer.

What's next?

We've got you started with layers in Adobe Fresco. The interface of Adobe Fresco is intuitive; we hope you will find it easy to unleash your creativity with layers, brushesmasking, and more.

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