Re: [Gimp-developer] Create New Layer Button

Not to be a pain, but if you have a selection already (that you want to
keep), clicking and dragging a colour fills the selection, which is not the
same as making a new layer with foreground/background, or white. If I'm
outvoted on the issue though, I will simply change my workflow. The hotkeys
for fill with fg and bg are useful. Also don't forget the "x" key, which
swaps foreground and background colours (I use this a lot when painting
masks). The "d" key changes the fg and bg colours to black and white (d for
default) as well. This is the same in Photoshop.

On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 5:47 PM, Elle Stone <ellestone ninedegreesbelow com>

On 04/03/2015 07:44 AM, Gez wrote:

El dom, 29-03-2015 a las 11:53 -0400, Elle Stone escribió:

 What you just described - shift-click the new layer button plus dragging
the foreground/background color - works perfectly, MUCH better than
using the new layer dialog. Thanks! Many thanks!! By comparision, using
the new layer dialog really is cumbersome.

Dragging bg/fg colors to the editing area is definitely a handy option
in GIMP, and it also has predefined keystrokes (ctrl+. and ctrl+,).
iirc the keystrokes are the same that PS uses.
If clicking just created a transparent layer, it would be much faster
and less disrupting to fill the new layer afterwards when it's required.
The only situation that would require an extra click is filling with
white if other BG/FG colors are set, but it's just one click away.

 Where's the documentation for these two shortcuts? I did a quick
internet search and didn't find any tutorials or documentation regarding
"shift-click" plus "drag the color".

GIMP official docs:

The shift-click on the new layer button is not documented though, it's
only available as a tooltip

The docs also say that "A good way to visualize a GIMP image is as a
stack of transparencies: in GIMP terminology, each individual
transparency is called a layer."

I think that makes a reasonable case for a default using transparency
and putting the extra options in a second level.

As I said earlier, Tobias' proposal allows that keeping discoverability
and reducing workflow interruptions.

As long as shift-click and dragging a color to the new layer keeps on
working, changing the new layer dialog doesn't present any problem that I
can see.

In case anyone else doesn't already know this, if you have a selection
made, dragging the color to the layer fills the selection. It's a very
convenient shortcut.


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