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I have been following this video about a different way to Dodge and Burn.

EASY Dodge & Burn Trick - Affinity Photo Tutorial - YouTube

The narrator says at one point "open an empty pixel layer", however when I try to do this I always end up with a black pixel layer!   

This may be because the default has changed, though, if that is the case, I see no option to change it to empty?

Have also thought that it may be in my "Edit > Preferences" to choose that ...........  but am still searching for an solution.

Hoping somebody can help! 🙂

Jafa - Just Another Fantastic Aucklander


Windows 10

Affinity Photo 1.10.5

Lightroom 6

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The new pixel layer looks black i.e. it's not showing the transparency pattern but if you turn off all the other layers and have Document > Transparent Background set you will see the new pixel layer is in fact transparent.


I've checked this on windows and Mac and it's the same when using the latest retail releases.


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