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  1. Isn't that where we are?
  2. I think you're right. I also think you've chosen the perfect emoticon for a tricky topic.
  3. Yes, I have figured all that out; the realizations just keep coming! It's a very ingenious dialog and was very puzzling at first, but I think I've got it figured out. And, having figured out that the "top layer" is not the "top of the stack" I think "layer 1 from the top" should always be safe for my specific use with this specific macro. (I think.) Thanks again.
  4. I see some things in AP that I think are amazing features, or that are really well implemented (in which case I don't want them changed). Is this an appropriate place for "good job!" or "please don't change this"?
  5. I think I've just had an epiphany, which I'm going to share here for anyone who comes along and knows even less about this than I do. I've thought of the top layer as being the "top of the stack," with the bottom layer being the "bottom of the stack." In that context, there are some weird selection choices in that dialog. But if you think of the "top of the stack" as being above the top layer (and the "bottom of the stack" as being below the bottom layer), then it all makes sense. Thanks again for the replies.
  6. Makes sense. Thank you for that info.
  7. Well, Walt, thanks to your question I believe I've figured it out. But first, the image I uploaded before was not of the picture I was actually working on; it was just something I did quickly to show the dialog choices. I tried to delete it from the post but can't seem to do that. Now here's the real deal, the layers panel and the macro recorder's layer selection dialog for the picture I was working on. This is after I started the recording and selected the top layer. It occurs to me that all of the choices are just different ways of referring to the same layer; I didn't notice that before because, to me, "layer 1 from the top" is not the same as "top layer." I never even bothered to click "select" in the dialog because I didn't realize that "layer 1 from the top" is what I wanted. And when I did click "select" it did indeed select the top layer. So thanks for your post.
  8. Callum, I don't really understand how that relates. Here's a screenshot of the dialog after I start recording a macro and try to select a layer. If the dialog can give me a choice of "layer 2 from the top" then why not a choice of "top layer"?
  9. OOOOkay! Stacking order I understand. Thanks
  10. I don't know what "the Z order" means.
  11. I've created a pixel layer that I want to paste to the top of a number of .afphoto files. I thought I would create a macro to do that so I opened an .afphoto file, started recoding a macro, then selected the top layer of the image. At that point a dialog opened up, giving me choices such as, "select layer named xxx," "select layer one above current," "select layer 2 from the bottom," etc. The choices varied depending, I guess, on what layer I selected after starting to record the macro. I have 2 questions about this: 1) What decides what choices are offered, and 2) Why is one of the options not "select top layer," which is what i wanted? They are, after all, very specific choices, so why not that specific one? thanks
  12. That's correct; the system default is an office printer so the first step in using the AP print dialog is to change to the photo printer. I've also experimented and found more of the puzzle. This is what I know of the problem, in total: When I first start AP, the print dialog defaults to "Defined by driver." When I choose my photo printer and go to the printer driver and make settings, if I leave the paper size at 8.5x11 (the default in the printer driver) when I come back to the AP print dialog it shows the paper size as "Letter" (not Custom). But if I choose any other paper size in the printer driver, when I come back to AP it shows "Custom" even though the paper sizes chosen (4x6, 5x7, etc) are available in the AP paper size drop-down. After finding the AP paper size set to "Custom," if I then go right back to the printer driver (instead of printing) the printer driver's paper size is now set to "Custom," instead of showing the paper size I had actually chosen. The printer driver should still show the paper size I chose; it's like it picked Custom up from AP. Thinking the problem might be the printer driver, I checked with PS Elements and XnViewMP and printing functions as it should with those apps and the photo printer. Edit: It has to do with which printer is the system default printer. If I make the photo printer the system default, then it behaves properly with AP. That is to say, AP defaults to paper size "defined by printer" and stays that way after the settings have been made in the printer driver. But then when I try to print to the non-default printer (my office printer), when I come back to AP after making settings in the printer driver, the AP paper size is set to "Custom." AP is behaving properly only with the system default printer.
  13. Okay, and I notice that that doesn't make an entry in the history, so that's a very cool feature. Thanks.