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I'm trying to edit the color balance of a layer in a .xcf image, and none of the color commands do anything. For example, I can crank saturation and value to 0 in Hue-Saturation, or invert values, and the layer is unaltered (both in the preview and also after I hit OK). In fact, the the log of recent actions doesn't show me doing anything when I use a color command. I checked that the image is in RGB mode and tried different layers - nothing. I have changed the color balance in layers in this same image before. Anyone know why this should be?

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Two reasons come to my mind:

  1. Your selected layer is not the one that you want to change. (That would be the typical error if I was you. I always get confused by what layer or mask I am currently working on)

  2. An additional layer, higher on the stack of layers, with 100% opacity will simply hide the changes that you to to any of the layers beneath.

  • Sigh, I often find I am editing the layer mask rather than the layer itself. – wwkudu Mar 31 '14 at 4:41

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