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select all and layers

Jul 29, 2012, 19:26
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select all and layers
I have 2 layers, one smaller above the other one. I have the small layer focused, i select all, i focus the other layer to start working with the selection of the above layer.
Alas, the selection expand to now be of the size of the present layer and i cant outine the above layer like I wanted.

I seem to recall that it used to work, do you know if it's possible to get the old behavior back somehow ( i did look in preferences but didnt find it) ?

Auxilliary question: what is the use of the current behavior?
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Jul 30, 2012, 05:13
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RE: select all and layers
(Jul 29, 2012 20:11)ofnuts Wrote:  The selection is totally layer-independent.

Yes, and that's the behavior I'm used to. I make a selection in one layer and use it to select pixels in an another layer.

But in gimp 2.8 yesterday, select all didnt respect this behavior. I did a selection by 'select all' and when i switched to the other layer, the selection square expanded to enclose all in that other layer.
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Jul 31, 2012, 12:34
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RE: select all and layers
(Jul 30, 2012 06:47)ofnuts Wrote:  "Select all" selects the whole image and has always done so.

You're totally right. I havent used gimp for a long time and remembered doing it that way, but I was wrong.

(Jul 30, 2012 06:47)ofnuts Wrote:  What you are looking for is an hypothetical "Select/Current layer rectangle"
It's more that select all selecting the whole object focused seems more coherent to me than selecting the whole image or that I could have guessed its behavior properly if it was called "select whole image".

(Jul 30, 2012 06:47)ofnuts Wrote:  for most purposes, "Layer/Transparency/Alpha to selection" does the same.
Yes, that's how I did it, I remember now. Thanks.
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