And no, I'm not talking about ogres or onions or parfait, before anyone asks. So, for anyone who does digital art, you will know that your work is not just a single picture, but a multitude of layers stacked on top of one another with varying effect, which combine together to make the final result. I'm including all types of digital art in this discussion, so for those digital artists out there, when you're making your works, do you tend to err on the side of more layers, or do you try to adopt an approach that uses less? Why do you use that over the other? Would you ever consider switching that for a bit to see how it goes? Or have you done that before? Share your stories as well. Perhaps you ran into something where a layer created something you felt was necessary, or perhaps you did something on accident and it ended up better than you thought. :::: I'll start. As far as the 'accident' thing, that's happened more times than I care to count; I like to adopt a trial-and-error process with my signatures and layers, seeing what works and what doesn't. Every so often I get a "wow, that looks really good, I didn't expect that, I should roll with that and see how it goes". Regarding the amount of layers, I try to use less if I can help it. Adding more layers tends to make the final work more complicated, and as I've learned, more layers (or more complicated interactions) doesn't necessarily mean 'better'. With the particular style I use, most signatures I make nowadays tend to use 16 layers, though I've made some truly beautiful things with only half as many sometimes. Obviously it does vary on a case-by-case basis, though I don't want to inundate pictures with a variety of layers or effects, for risk of diminishing the quality of the render or of the overall picture.