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Why can I not paint on a layer in Affinity Photo?

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Why can I not paint in Affinity Photo?

It is as if the program does not register that I am putting a black paint stroke on a layer...or any other color stroke for that matter.

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Do you have a pixel layer selected when you are painting?


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I had this experience too. Found out via the forum that you may have to Rasterize an image layer first.


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If you try to paint on an 'Image' layer, shouldn't the Assistant automagically rasterize it? :unsure:


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Thanks for pointing that out, Miguel. I guess I shouldn't have assumed that "paint" meant using the Paint Brush Tool!


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I am having this issue as well. Running rasterize on the layer doesn't seem to make any difference. Some non-obvious config issue perhaps? I have seen various posts about this issue from new users and no-one seems to have the definitive answer. 

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One cause can be the opacity of the chosen color.  This is separate from the opacity of the brush itself - it is set in the color picker.  If it is 0, the brush will paint nothing.

Another is that if you hit "b" more than once you will change the tool...

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I have the same problem. I assume it is operator error because it only does this intermittently, I just wish I knew what I was doing wrong because this is killing me during my rush work!  I made a video to show what I'm doing -- I have covered all the steps right? Oh -- one thing not shown in the video is that there is nothing selected, but the result is the same if I first draw a marquee to select an area of the empty layer. Help!!

Here's that video:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/3pz1brs1flum6az/cantPaintOnLayer.mp4?dl=0 

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8 hours ago, Brian442 said:

Yeah, I can't paint, either. I checked everything listed in this thread. 

Please give us a screenshot of your complete Affinity window, and also include the Layers panel.


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I can' paint either. Not even on a new document with just one pixel layer. The Windows version is not usable for masking atm. The iPad version seems okay.
Is there a fix or workaround for this?
I work on Windows 10 and have an Wacom Intuos Pro installed. 
Edit: Uncheck Protect Alpha solved this issue

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