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2.7 Combining Layers

It is often necessary to combine several layers into one. This is particularly useful prior to saving  an image to a non-GIMP format such as JPEG or GIF. There are two ways of combining layers in the GIMP. The method to use depends on the final use of the resulting image.

2.7.1 Merging

It is possible to merge a subset of layers from an image into a single layer. This is accomplished by choosing Merge Visible Layers  from the Layers menu or by simply typing C-m in the image window. Alternatively, it is sometimes convenient to merge just two adjacent layers in the layer stack. This can be done with Merge Down, found in the Layers menu. The use of this function merges the active layer with the next visible layer down in the stack. Merge Down  can be conveniently invoked by typing C-S-m in the Layers dialog. A nice use of Merge Down is illustrated in Section  9.1.4.

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