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Question about layers

Jan 3, 2014, 17:55 (This post was last modified: Jan 3, 2014 17:56 by TheOne.)
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Question about layers
I would like to say that I know my way around GIMP pretty good, but lately I have been discovering and trying to become a pro with layers.

The projects I normally work on are anime/manga outlines which I colour. But I got myself in a situation I never really experienced before. Whenever I colour one of my pictures, it takes me an average of a couple of hours to perhaps half a day dpending on the picture and level of detail I want. But the picture I started yesterday took me a good 6-7 hours so far plus had to do some shopping which took the rest of my day.

I didn't shutdown my computer when I went to bed (rather put it in hibernate), but I did shutdown GIMP because it makes my computer extremely slow when open for 9+ hours. When I opened my project this morning I realized that all my layers were automatically merged with the main photo. Is there a way to get my layers back or is this a lesson I just learned for future life? And curious if there is a way not to merge the layers down when saving the picture and closing GIMP?????!!!!!!!!!

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Jan 3, 2014, 18:13
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(Jan 3, 2014 18:06)ofnuts Wrote:  I'm sorry to tell you that you learned a lesson(*). Normally when you "Save" (to an XCF) you keep the layers. You lose them when you "Export". This why the Save and Export have been separated in Gimp 2.8, it was too easy to "Save" to JPG and PNG and lose layers, paths, etc...

Also, never, ever, "flatten" an image. In most cases you don't even need it (the image is flattened when exports to "flat" file formats (PNG/JPG/GIF) and for the others you can use "Layer/New from visible" instead, so you keep the original layers under the new unified layer.

(*) well, you may be able to recover some of you layers with careful editing, but there is n magic bullet, unless you have backups...

Thank you!!!!!!

So for future cases, I should just save my image under xcf before saving the final copy under JPG or PNG????
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Jan 3, 2014, 23:49
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Thanks for everything!
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