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uneditable layers in xcf file

Nov 9, 2013, 14:01
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uneditable layers in xcf file
Gimp 2.8
Ubuntu 12.04 (Xfce 4.10 desktop)

I have a file in layers that I saved in xcf so that I could later edit the layers. However, when I re-opened the file I discovered I could not edit some of those layers.

Previously I saved-as the file under another name so I could export it as a flattened bitmap. It is those layers that I cannot edit in the original xcf file.

They show up in the layers box and I can highlight them, even turn off visibility. But I cannot select them on the file and edit them. I've tried raising the layers to the top of the layer stack, but that makes no difference.

Is there any way I can fix this. Or if not, what have I done wrong (so I know not to do it again!)
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Nov 9, 2013, 15:06
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RE: uneditable layers in xcf file
(Nov 9, 2013 14:35)ofnuts Wrote:  While you have a floating selection you cannot edit the other layers.

If the layer at the top is a "Floating selection", you have to "anchor" it (merge it into its target layer)("Layers/Anchor layer" or Ctrl-H), or make it a new standard layer ("Layer/To new layer", or Ctrl-Shift-N, or just rename it).

Otherwise crop you image to something small (100x100), save as XCF and attach here.

No floating layers, so I tried your suggestion of renaming. Then it occurred to me that once the layer is anchored, the image will not "select" i.e. have the dotted outline. So I tried to move the image and it moved the entire layer. That accomplished what I want!

Ofnuts, thank you so much. Seems silly now, but I learn so much from my problems and mistakes. I appreciate others who are willing to help.
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