The commands in this menu only affect the active layer, as chosen in the
Many of these actions have keyboard shortcuts. Some are also present as icons located at the bottom of the
For an in-depth discussion of layers and layering concepts, see the Working with Layers section.
Add New Layer
This adds a new, completely transparent layer to the image immediately above the active layer. The new layer will be given a generic name "Layer X" by default. X denotes the layer number - hence it is always a unique identifier.
It is possible (and highly recommended) to change the default name to accurately reflect the contents of the layer (see Layer Properties below).
This deletes the active layer from the image. As all images must have at least one layer, the last remaining layer cannot be deleted.
This makes an exact copy of the active layer, including its contents, attributes and properties. The new layer will be named uniquely following the pattern described above (see ).
Merge Layer Down
Takes the active layer and combines or merges it into the layer immediately below it in the
Import From File
This command allows one or more external image files to be imported as one or more new layers.
When invoked, the command opens a file selector dialog to allow a file to be chosen. Once a file is selected, the image is imported into the current image as a new layer or layers.
Note that the canvas may be enlarged to accommodate new the image size if it is larger than the current canvas. This happens automatically as required.
Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical
These commands flip the entire active layer either horizontally or vertically.
Rotate / Zoom
This command allows the active layer to be rotated, panned and enlarged or reduced.
For an in-depth discussion of this set of tools, see the Rotate/Zoom Tool section.
This icon opens the Properties Dialog for the active layer.
In this dialog the layer name, visibility, blend mode and opacity can all be set.
The same dialog can be opened by pressing the
Open the Properties Dialog for the active layer by pressing the
For more information about Blend Modes, see the Blend Modes section.