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The way I usually do this is by select>create alpha channel just like in photoshop, but Ive noticed that the edges can become jagged by that method. So what Im looking for is a way of using Layer transparency without actually copying the content of a layer and paint over it?
I came across this problem when I had a whole silouette of flat colour in one layer and then wanted to conveniently paint in flats for the hair f.ex in another layer using the contour of the silouette so I wouldnt need to redo all my flats one by one
The Layers palette's Preserve Transparency box, when checked, applies to all Layers.
I think you don't mean that, though.
1. Right-click the Layer that has the transparency you want to use, then choose Select Layer Transparency from the contextual menu.
2. Create a new Layer, or highlight an existing Layer, wherever you want to apply the selection.
3. Continue working, using that selection to preserve transparency outside the selection.
4. Invert the selection to preserve transparency inside the selection.
Please let me know if this does what you want.
Last edited by Jin; December 7th, 2006 at 11:47 PM.
Thanks a lot, it works with a lot less jaggedness than a layer mask