As all of you know, normally Painter preserves layer transparency when working with a multi-layered document. If I make a new layer, and make a single stroke in the layer with a brush, then copy and paste that entire layer, Painter pastes an exact copy of the layer, which contains a lot of empty space and a single brushstroke. It does NOT paste a layer filled top to bottom with white pixels to represent all the negative space not used by the brushstroke, like some crappy MS doodle program circa 1996. That is, until now.
When I try to copy and paste a layer from one document to another, instead of getting a copy of the layer, I get my brushstrokes PLUS the entire balance of the canvas size in white pixels. Needless to say, this is not what I want. But it's seriously cramping my workflow. It's extremely frustrating, and I have no idea how to fix it. Has this happened to anyone else on the internet ever? I sent Corel a support ticket days ago, so far no response. I posted on Reddit, on Discord...nothing. I'm hoping maybe one of you fine people has some idea what I can do (besides shelling out $200 for another version of Painter ;-))
Also tried deleting all my workspaces and restoring factory default settings. Didn't work.
Help! Thanks in advance.
Did you turn off all layers except the one you wanted to copy? then select all, copy?
Yes, I’ve tried manipulating layer visibility to no avail. Painter for some reason copies only the later I want, no other later strokes or canvas color or anything, but embeds the content in a canvas-sized white plane.
If you post a sample .rif file I (and maybe others) can try your steps to see if we get same results as you or if there are differences between systems? I'm using win10, P22 latest ver.
See what you think. Pretty sure it's a me problem, though. I've just been opening the file in PS and copying the layer there, where it behaves as expected. But I'll try your tip as well!
I opened your file with transparency.rif in P22; it has 3 layers: canvas has gray and yellowish colors with white center and white borders, Lines has lines, Zazz has transparent yellows.
I opened a new empty .rif doc. From your file I turned off all but 1 layer at a time, did select all, then copy, and then did a paste (3 different times; once for each layer that was on when other layers all off) into the empty .rif file.
In each case it all worked as expected: a new layer contained the copy/pasted layer only on top of the white canvas; turn off the canvas and the layers displayed as expected; no contamination from original other layers.
So my P22 seems to be handling the .rif file correctly.
I have no other idea for your system except for you to check if you have the most recent vid card driver installed as it "could" cause display issues. Did you check the prefs/ performance, to see if your GPU card is working OK and run the menu/help/welcome and run the performance test to see if it runs OK and shows an expected performance #### and GPU operating OK?