Hey, first off, I'm new to Painter 12 and would love some advice and help.
When used on higher layers, my blenders, for some odd reason, act as if the colors in layers beneath them are always white, regardless of whether or not they actually are. What I mean is if I take the smear blender (or any other brush made in to a blender) and "blend" a space on its layer that is empty, it will "erase" or draw a white space in that layer.
It's very annoying when dealing with multiple layers. Say I just finished drawing a figure in which I employed the use of multiple blenders or blending brushes and then begin to draw the background or effects below it. As I do this I will find that various areas where I had used these brushes are considered white marks on the layer above, and I have to manually erase them. Normally this wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that I have to do it around the edges of nearly everything I draw, resulting in my pieces looking very flat, sharp-edged, two-dimensional and "separate" from the background, as if they're in a pop-up book.
I remember seeing a thread on a similar topic before, but I can't find it. I hope to get good with digital painting, so I wold appreciate all the help I could get! Thank you CA, I salute you and your diligent efforts to help n00bs like me!
EDIT: Here's the thread I referred to. Found it! http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=223923 Reading into the replies it seems that there's not much I can do besides temporarily enable "pick up underlying color" when blurring the edges of my creations. I'd prefer if there was a way to do it so it would blend clear as a default instead of white so I don't have to risk messing up separate layers (and if there is a way then please, do share. That's why I'm keeping this thread here. That and I can't figure out how to delete it ), but until then this band-aid fix will have to do. ._.