* watercolor study
DA only has a catagory for Painter 9 ?!?! Oh well, this is for Painter 12. Pufffth.
The watercolor tools in Painter 12 are so much better than the ones in version 11. But I still needed to understand how each tool worked so I made this little doodle to try them out.
Don't miss the 'Pause Diffusion' button in the property bar. Turn this on to stop the paint from drying. It's not as good as a heatlamp and mister where you can dry things part way or re-wet them but at least it lets you work it wet before it dries.
I set all my brushes to 'Animation Step = 0' as I have a fairly fast multicore system -- and I like to watch the paint dry. :3
* copy/paste for watercolor layers
You can't paste into a watercolor layer. You can't use the layer adjuster tool to move a piece of a water color layer around (it drops into moving a piece of the canvas layer).
You can copy from a watercolor layer; but pasting creates a new watercolor layer.
If you kept your canvas clean you can drop multiple watercolor layers to it and then lift them to a new watercolor layer, effectively merging the watercolor layers together. If you haven't kept your canvas clean you can lift it to another watercolor layer to move it out of the way and then drop your other layers to merge them. Klunky, but it works.
Also, if you use "Convert To Default Layer" (hiding in the Layers Pallet Menu) the lasso and layer adjuster tools will move clippings around and keep the transparency intact.
I wonder why you can't just merge watercolor layers? It works with liquid ink layers...
All these commands are found in the Layers menu, or the Layers Pallet menu (in the layers pallet instead of the menu bar).