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URGENT! How do I restore layers or a previously saved version of a saved xcf image?

May 2, 2012, 03:48
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HELP!!!!! Please!!!! Hi! Smile I have a capstone lab project due tomorrow for my graphic arts class and I made a HUGE mistake!!! I created an image using 20 something layers and did SAVE AS as a .xcf image (with all layers open). Part of the project was to save in different formats: .xcf (with open layers), a .png, and a .jpeg (optimized). So, I did the first save and then flattened the image to SAVE AS a .png with a different file name. Long story short, I was tired and had way too many images open at once. When I was closing all of the images I accidentally saved the changes (flatten image) to my original .xcf (with open layers)!!!! Now, my .xcf that is supposed to have open layers only has one layer...the finished project!!! :/ I have been trying to find a way to fix this for the past 7 hours!!!! I tried going to the file properties to restore a previous version, but it says that no previous versions were found! I also downloaded a norton "unerase" utility, but maybe I am not scanning properly to locate the file!?! I don't know??? Any help or advice would be sincerely appreciated!!!! Thanks in advance! Smile
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May 2, 2012, 07:04
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RE: URGENT! How do I restore layers or a previously saved version of a saved xcf image?
If you have not yet closed the image file, you can reinstate the multi-layer image by "undo"/Ctrl-Z. Otherwise it is a matter for file recovery utilities...

Side note; you never need to flatten an image before exporting it to "flat" formats, since the flattening is done on the fly.

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May 2, 2012, 07:24
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RE: URGENT! How do I restore layers or a previously saved version of a saved xcf image?
I have already closed itSad that's the problem...undo history is erased once GIMP is closed. I installed "unerase" from the Norton website earlier, but idk what to key to scan for since the first save of the .xcf would have become a ...?temporary file? of some sort once I saved the flatten image change. I have not been able to find hardly any info online today. I am VERY new to GIMP and the dialog box for saving confuses me. I have only had to save as an .xcf and then a .jpg once before so I completely forgot that it makes you export the .xcf image (merging layers automatically to save as .jpg or .png). I re-read about it earlier and was soooo mad at myself! I messed up about 45% of my grade for a small error that wasn't a necessary step in the first place! Jeesh! Thank you sooooooo much for trying to help!!! If you have any tips or ideas of how I might access that original layered .xcf file that I saved before I saved over it with flattened layers please advise! Smile I just have no idea what I'm doing in undoing this mistake that will make up a good portion of my semester grade! THANK YOU soooooo much for your time and help!!! I really appreciate it!!!! Smile Smile Smile Smile

(May 2, 2012 07:04)ofnuts Wrote:  If you have not yet closed the image file, you can reinstate the multi-layer image by "undo"/Ctrl-Z. Otherwise it is a matter for file recovery utilities...

Side note; you never need to flatten an image before exporting it to "flat" formats, since the flattening is done on the fly.
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May 2, 2012, 09:15
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RE: URGENT! How do I restore layers or a previously saved version of a saved xcf image?
I just hope you learned to backup important stuff like this to a USB key next time.

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