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Hi, I remember using a light-table tool in Deluxe Paint IV way back on the Commodore Amiga. It was a pretty useful tool because it allowed you to show one picture semi-transparent while painting on another. Ideal for tracing, etc. Anyhow, I have Microsoft Image Composer and Paint Shop Pro, and neither have the same tool. I can sort of get the right effect going using layers in PSP, but it''s damned picky and takes a long time to set up. Is there another program I should get (other than Photoshop... please), or is there a better way to emulate the light table in either MIC or PSP?

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The problem with the layers is that it doesn''t quite work out the same way. The light table works differently from simple transparency, it actually shows the picture THROUGH the layer on top. In PSP if you use a layer, then the top layer needs to be semi-transparent to show the bottom layer through. But with painting bump-maps/height maps you need to be pixel perfect and once you''ve finished tracing onto the semi-transparent layer it''s almost impossible to adjust the transparency/color to the exact way you want it.

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