Someone's getting a book out of this discussion, and when you do, I'll buy it.David Gowers wrote:Rather than better documentation, I believe better visualization is the path to improvement of user understanding: Using the layer thumbnails (and GEGL cache?) to build a 'preview' composited thumbnail for each mode and show it (next to the text or as a tooltip) would help the user to understand at a glance the general working of a layer mode they are considering. The composite thumbnails could be generated on-demand and otherwise in idle time (so the person who knows exactly which layer mode they need would not be impacted -- they could select layer mode just as fast as before, and if they did need the thumbnails, they'd only need to wait a fraction of a second longer.)stretching the idea a bit further, the previews could be arranged as a table: http://yahvuu.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/blendmodes-popup-array1.png... just brainstorming..
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