Personally, every time I want to mask out the current selection (sometimes
I make 3 or 4 in a row for stacked layer mode edits). This is probably
considered far beyond the scope of what a typical user does, though, so I'm
willing to personally sacrifice and rework my work flow if most people
think it's better to get rid of the layer dialogue (or hide it behind the
shift-click instead). A minor rework for me, as long as the options remain
the same in the dialogue. Admitedly, I found it a little frustrating when
coming directly from Photoshop to have the dialogue pop up every time, but
it's something I've come to appreciate when working with GIMP as a
non-destructive editor, which I never did much of in Photoshop. The fact
that it saves the last layer type, means that you can just click the
add-layer button, and hit enter to get the same kind of layer as you chose
before. Maybe setting the default to transparent would be enough for most
people to forgive the dialogue, and then you could still use it to make
sure users know that "transparent" isn't the only option for a layer. I am
not a fan of dragging and dropping a colour from the colour dialogue, as
it's far far slower than just hitting enter once to repeat the last layer
chosen. I make a lot of white layers (Amazon requires everything to have a
pure white background, for example) so in an editing workflow it can
require several hundred create white layer operations in a day. It may also
be noted that what looks "white" in the colour-picker may not be white; if
it's off even a little, you may not notice, but Amazon's picture scanning
tools certainly will, and then you may have to do a whole batch over again,
depending on how long ago you accidentally changed the colour to almost
white. ;) This has happened a few times, in the past, so I've personally
found the "white" new layer option quite handy. This is not something I
would have ever known about until this thread if it was hidden behind the
shift-click thing. I would not consider myself the typical GIMP user,
though, as I use GIMP for EVERYTHING. If it helps GIMP to be more useful
for the average user, I'm willing to change my workflow, however. I can
probably hotkey a fill-white action if I really need to.

On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 8:46 PM, Gez <> wrote:

> El vie, 03-04-2015 a las 20:36 +0100, C R escribió:
> > 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.
> That's a good point, but may I ask how often do you have to create a new
> solid layer while keeping a selection?
> I can think about a few cases, and not really critic ones since the
> creation of the new solid doesn't depend on the selection.
> Anyway, I don't think anyone is asking to remove the extra options from
> the layer dialog. I think it's rather about making it less invasive.
> Gez
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