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Paint on Transparent.
AFter you've painted something, open up the effects control window - - see Paint? There should be an on/off box for your switch.
I've encountered a problem.
After I painted something, the effects control panel showed a box for Paint on Transparent. I checked it. But my layer panel still shows the original color of the solid layer. I can't get rid of this color. In the composition panel however, it shows up as transparent. How can I paint on a transparent layer?
Works for me.. What color is your solid? Is it the same as your bg color?
I was able to create a solid, double click it, ctrl-b, paint a stroke, enable paint on transparent, toggle switch to show checkerboard transparency (icon in comp window). Is that what you're trying to do?
My solid is NOT the same as my background color. My solid is black and my background is some video footage.
I created a solid, double-clicked it to open it in the layer panel, then picked a paintbrush and painted on it. This enabled the Paint on Transparent checkbox, which I then checked. But...the solid remained. I don't want the checkerboard background. I want to see the underneath layers so that I can trace using the underneath image as a guide or paint over the underneath images (but on a different layer).
Okay, now I understand your problem...
Your reference to 'background' confused me earlier. "My solid is NOT the same as my background color." Wanna bet?
The solid is not remaining. Because you have a black solid, and I'm guessing your bg color (ctrl-shift-b) is also black, you are thinking that it's still showing your solid. But if you toggle the checkerboard icon (or change the bg color), you will see that it is in fact painting on transparency..
Now to answer your problem.. Paint only allows you to paint on a layer, so you can't automatically see the other layers in your comp. You can, however precomp your layers and paint on the precomp layer. That will let you see your other layers.
You can also make duplicates of your layers, precomp those, paint on that and enable the paint on transparency box.
I understand what you're saying. As soon as you said I can only see the layer I'm painting on in the layer panel (and not other layers underneath it), I had the proverbial lightbulb "AHA!" moment.
Let me try your suggestions out.