How to soft color after applying many layers?

  • Hello guys. I am a newbie artist. I am practicing coloring, and so far I am trying to get used to creating many layers for the various shadows and highlight tones. It works so far, but after that, I don't know how to soften the image (using the blur tool or the airbrush) since each one is in a different layer. I tried to merge all layers but then when I soften it, the Lineart gets messed up (the color is applied on top of the lineart, ruining it).

    Here is an example of what I am working so far: (the lineart is not mine, I just grabbed it from the internet).

    But when I try to soften it, the colors go on top of the Ink/Lineart, like this:

    How can I fix this?

    Thank you very much!

  • The usual first thing to do is put the line-art layer above the colors.. You can then merge the colors ( but leave the lineart) and then blur/blend the colors. I am guessing that this obvious solution eluded you because you downloaded the lineart so that the white areas are opaque and would not show colors below. To solve that you can either set the lineart layer to a blend mode of multiply... or you can go to the menu item Edit >Convert Brightness to Opacity.

    Another technique to try is to duplicate the lineart layer and leave one copy on the top while merging the colors and the other lineart layer . Then you can blur blend ( including the black) ... but the dark black areas are preserved by the top layer.****

  • Thank you very much friend, I have not thought of that!
    Best regards to you :)

  • It worked, thank you very much!