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Using The GIMP :: Layers by saphiremomo Using The GIMP :: Layers by saphiremomo
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Edited for streamlining, better look, and with information I've learned in photoshop and such. For those that preferred the original tutoarial, here's the old one! [link]

2006

Here I explain the mysteries of the confusing concept of layers to my best degree. It's not the best, but it has pictures!
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GoldenPhoenixWolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful, thanks for posting this:la:!
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The-OMG-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thank you so much! :iconletmehugyouplz:
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Electric-Raichu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey in GIMP can you do groups? LIke let's say I have these layers:
E (transparent)
D (transparent)
C (transparent)
B (background)
I want E to multiply with D and then combine the result as if it was a single layer with normal blend mode, but I can't see how to do it in GIMP.

Using maths notation, if normal blend mode is + and multiply is *. I want to get
(E * D) + (C + B).
However, I can only see how GIMP can do
E * (D + (C + B)).

For example I might want to apply shading E only to layer D without affecting the layer C or the background beneath it. The only way I can do it is save layers E and D and render them to an image, and import the image as a layer in the main file. Is there an easier way?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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:iconjocelynpatrick:
JocelynPatrick Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In GIMP you can do groups...I'm just not sure how it works (still learning basics). But yes, you definitely can. I'm sure you can find it in a tutorial somewhere.
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:iconjaetoh:
JaeToh Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
oh this helps! i'm alsways blur with the different layer modes. so thanks for the reference! ^^
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TwixleWing Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
windows, dockable diologs, layers? wha?
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:iconerumaren-ainulindale:
erumaren-ainulindale Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks! I need this!
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jaed85 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
thx
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:iconnicci-chan:
Nicci-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
oh goody i needed this thanx
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:icondragonlover77:
Dragonlover77 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011   Digital Artist
This...is so amazing! Ty so much for all of these tutorials! They help a LOT!
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Alman001 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Finaly! Thankyou!
An explanation of what each mode did is all I wanted! XD
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BlacklightTrance Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You have no idea how much I've been struggling with GIMP layers. TT.TT

Thanks a million!!!!!! :hug:
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almost-british Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
This is super helpful. Thanks!
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:iconsaphiremomo:
saphiremomo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm glad you got some help out of it! :D
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:iconkimy-k0:
kimy-k0 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Thank you so much!~ 8D
Layers are a complicated thing for me...@_@
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:icongreendragon212:
GreenDragon212 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Too hard...I don't get it.
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:icontsuki-mitsu:
Tsuki-Mitsu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, thats awesome thanks!
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:iconichisachisa:
ichisachisa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Ok I am lost...it seemed simple enough like spelling it out but i can't do it.....
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:iconkeira25:
Keira25 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Very useful explanation. I have a question, thought...if the layer dialog window doesn't appear, how can I make it visible? Were should I go to have it?
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ohhdarnitproductions Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
what kind of gimp is this for, i got the gimp 2.6 and i cant find dialoges anywhere, if you could help me i would be very appreciative
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Selene-Artemis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
I'm not sure if it will work on your version, but on my Gimp 2.6.4 you can find it on the top options lick File, Edit Select, etc.
Windows --> Dockable Diologs --> Layers.

Hope that helps, and hope ~saphiremomo doesn't mind me answering the couple of questions that I can! :]
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:iconohhdarnitproductions:
ohhdarnitproductions Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
thanks a bunch! that helped me a ton. next step, improving my lineart scetches!
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:iconselene-artemis:
Selene-Artemis Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Glad I could help! Haha, meeee tooo. :]
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:icondeidara-4-ever:
deidara-4-ever Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
whats an RGB?
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:iconangelag95:
angelag95 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
any time i save an image it always make me flatten the layers...is there anyway to fix that? like a different file type to save it as?
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Selene-Artemis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Try saving it in a GIMP XCF image form, that should do the trick! :]
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Selene-Artemis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
I don't know if you still need this question answered, but if you do saving it as a GIMP XCF image will eliminate the need for flattening the layers. :]
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amazonian78 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
thank you for uploading this! i had no idea WHAT i was doing until i read this.
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bearyscary206 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
Good tutorial! ^_^ But, I'm a little confused about the last part...
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
How do you paste lineart and color it without coloring over the lines. I just got Gimp today and haven't got a clue. HELP!
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McXahn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Yay! Now GIMP doesn't scare me...but...can't you just put the paintbrush on Darken Only, and...like ...go over the lineart??? I don't know...which one's better? *is confused*
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lovely-roses Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
on my gimp theres no layer box showing all the layers even when ive added them :confused:
whys that? is my copy bad?! or fake?! *panics*
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meow-meow-dei Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2008
O..M..G.
I FINALLY GET IT.
:D
Nobody could explain layers simply, BUT I FINALLY FOUND A GOOD EXPLANATION. X3
Yaaaaaayyy
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xCheerfulPessimistx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
how do you make the first layer "visible" or not "visible"? errr how do you turn the visibility off?
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:icontsuki-mitsu:
Tsuki-Mitsu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i think its the little eye by the side of the layer's name
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:iconjaspercookies:
JasperCookies Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Wait, how do you color line art?

I'm kind of slow.
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:iconrakainious:
Rakainious Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
You know, there should be WAY more gimp tutorials like this one out there, but noooo. People have to be fancy and crap and make Photoshop/Paitshop/Corel crap that ain't free/ HEL=LO!!!Not everyone has that much money!!

But thank you greatly, i've become edumacated^^
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Falconfan98 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
thanks
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:iconkamiruchan:
Kamiruchan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
=___= WAIII!! I can't get it!!^^; I'm confused a bit...How do I change the picture to RBG??
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:iconkamiruchan:
Kamiruchan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
oh,nevermind! i've gotten it now! Thank you^^
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:iconjustin195:
Justin195 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
OMG , Thank you I FINALLY UNDERSTAND!
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AnimeFrEsH Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
do you know how to open up the layers window again? because everytime i open up GIMP the Layers window doesn't come up :(
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:iconsiemptala:
Siemptala Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Wow, thanks a ton. Couldn't figure out what my friend meant when she tried to explain layers. Very clear.
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:iconsaphiremomo:
saphiremomo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Glad you found it so. :3
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:iconprettykitty13:
PrettyKitty13 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
My goodness, thank you SO much.
I've been trying to find out how to do this for quite some time:phew:
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:iconbobbyrtle:
bobbyrtle Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
I love this tutorial!!
It dispels all uncertainties!
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:iconcindi-khieu:
Cindi-Khieu Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2007
How do you make colors transition like that for the blue of the sky?
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:iconsaphiremomo:
saphiremomo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Student Digital Artist
I used a gradient from light blue to dark blue, but you can also use airbrush, which gives it a more natural look.
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Troll--zaya Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
:w00t: Thanks for making this! I'm a GIMP-tard, so this helped a lot. :D

Hopefully, it'll work out well. ^^;
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wb21 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Ok, I understood, but,TT-TT I need help with the lineart, and the stroke line thing...I hust don't get it TT-TT everytime I want to use it, it vanishes, please, HELP!! TT-TT
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