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Keeps Drawing on Background

Sep 2, 2013, 18:09
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Keeps Drawing on Background
Hi, I'm stuck on something I'm new to GIMP and not very well versed in how things work.
I'm trying to make a logo consisting of a bunch of simple shapes which are all individual layers. All of these layers are on top of a transparent canvas. I'm not sure if canvas is the right word, but basically what I mean is that I launched GIMP and made a new image that's 512x512 filled with transparency, and by default that became a layer titled background which I consider to be the canvas of my entire Image.

Now, since I'm new I don't know what I'm doing really, and I don't know how I got as far as I did making 8 layers without a problem, but now I can't seem to draw on new layers anymore. I've been trying to make new layers filled with transparency and draw on them with the free select tool, ensuring that the opacity is not 0 and that the layer is selected, but its drawing on the background layer rather than the layer I made to draw on. So now when I try to adjust the position of the layer, the shape I drew stays in the same spot because its not part of the layer.

I hope that makes sense and someone can help me out. Basically I just want to draw a shape on a transparent layer and then move that layer around the canvas and have the shape I drew move with the layer
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