Two simple ways to fix a sketch that you accidentally drew on the wrong layer

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It is very annoying when you realize that you’ve been drawing or painting  for several minutes and you realize that the whole thing was on the wrong layer, so you have to start all over again. Without any doubt, everyone has struggled with this problem more that one time, even professionals that have been working in the industry for decades still have this problem!
Unfortunately, there aren’t many things that you can do about it, especially if you’ve been working on that layer for a while.

You can have this problem in so many different ways. However, we’re going to show you two of the most common ones and also we’ll show you how to fix them. The first one is when you start drawing on the background layer, there is a chance that you might had been in a hurry or you were incredibly inspired and without noticing it you’ve done the whole thing on the background layer.

On the other hand, you could have made the mistake of doing the line art on the same layer of the sketch layer, which is a pretty common one too.

Even though these mistakes seem impossible to fix, specially the second one, here are some quick and simple solutions that you can try:

If you accidentally drew on the background layer

  1. Copy the background layer (Ctrl + A) ==> (Ctrl + C)
  2. Create a new layer on top of it and fill it with any color that you want (in this case we”ll use black)
  3. Add a mask on the mask that you just created
  4. Copy and paste the background layer on the mask (Ctrl + V)
  5. Invert the mask (Ctr+I)
  6. Press the right click on the mask and then click on the option “Apply Layer Mask”
  7. Add a new layer on top of the background layer and fill it with any color that you want, and that’s it!

If your sketch is on the same layer as the line art

  • adjust a little bit the saturation (Adjust the levels by clicking on Image=>Adjustments=>Levels)
  • Remember that it is essential to make it as bright as possible (The line quality might be affected but it’s better than drawing the whole thing again)
  • Create a new layer on top of it
  • Fill it with pure red of blue (It doesn’t work with green)
  • Set the layer to HUE
  • Go to channels and click on the color you chose previously (red or blue)
  • Go to the bottom window and click on the option “Loan channel as selection”
  • Select all the visible lines (Ctrl+Shift+I)
  • Click on RGB again and switch back to the layer panel
  • Create another layer on top of that
  • fill it with black or the color that you’d like the line art to be
  • That’s it! you’re done

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