Ok, but, when you merge, do you not lose the ability to go back and fix
something that you might decide needs adjusting?  I thought that was the main
point of using layers.  I see that xcf files seem to take a long time to save
- I guess that is, I suppose, due to their size.  One thing puzzles me,
though.  I would thing that layers in an xcf file would only represent
references to adjustments and the underlying file (not unlike an edit decision
list in a video editing application or the contents of an indd. file in Adobe
InDesign (and none of those files are large, although the underlying files
might occupy gigabytes of data.  I'm just a-wonderin' why the xcf files grow
so large.

At any rate, I'm glad to be (finally) on the right track.  Thank you all for
your helpful replies.


>< big snip >
>> The .xcf file archives my progressive work on the photo so that I can go
>> and refine my work/revise my edit decisions, etc.  The TIFF gives me a
>> resolution "final" product.  The RAW file archives the original image as
>> came out of the camera.
>> This business with the layers is new to me as of today.  I'd never worked
>> with layers in this manner.  In fact, I had never worked with layers much
>> all until today.
>> So, my question:  Does the above make sense with regard to layers, or is
>> there a better way to work with layers within a photo than what I
>> Nothing seemed to work for me before because I couldn't get much to show
>> terms of adjustments in layers added beyond that initial duplication of
>> background layer.
>The short answer is yes, this is how I would do things. The only
>difference is that when I am satisfied with a stage I would merge the
>layers otherwise the file becomes very large. Also, from time to time I
>would save my work and keep watching 'meetthegimp'

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