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Whenever I want to make a fill on a new layer, I am forced to go to the layer that provides the colors I want to sample from, make a selection there, then go back to my empty layer and then color the selection. This is kind of a lot of work for a fairly basic functionality that is crucial for coloring line art, where you have to create lots of separate color layers.

I know painting is not your priority, but from another point of view, seeing how you like to advertise this non-destructive workflow (which I LOVE btw!), I do not see much use for a tool that is only able to realize its full potential (namely edge detection with tolerance) when it is allowed to overwrite your base layer.

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Which Application are you using, Photo or Designer? I have no difficulty using the colour picker as long as the colour I want to sample is visible. In both Photo and Designer.


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I assume Photo judging from the forum section, and I don't think it's the color picker Fantail is talking about. In other painting programs, there is an option to make bucket fills on layers separate from the line art layer. The bucket tool or selection tools would usually have an option that says, "All Layers," which means artists could color straight on top of empty layers using the closed-in areas from others currently displayed. Since Affinity does not have that option (except for the Selection Brush Tool), Fantail is switching back and forth from the different layers; making the selections and then coloring them in.


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On 10/10/2018 at 4:57 PM, Fantail said:

Whenever I want to make a fill on a new layer, I am forced to go to the layer that provides the colors I want to sample from, make a selection there, then go back to my empty layer and then color the selection.

What forces you to do that? For me, the color picker will sample from any layer (actually, from anywhere on the screen, even outside the Affinity window).


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I wanted to do the same thing in the past as well.

When you create your line art, is it vector line art or raster line art? Because if vector, something you could do is duplicate the layer, and then make the stroke size of the one underneath smaller, rasterize it, and then add your fills. I know it's not as convenient as the way you want, but still.


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I see. It would so helpful if the Flood Fill Tool and Flood Selection Tool had that All Layers option available.


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Yes, as a comic artist i strongly support this request ! We need a "sample all layers" function. It makes preparing your flat colours so easy and quick.

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