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Create 'New Fill Layer' directly from Layers panel?


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I create new 'New Fill Layers' dozens of times a day and it always bothers me that I can find no 'Fill Layer' icon available directly from within the Layers panel.

I need this for easy access as having to navigate to and through the 'Layers' menu every time I need a new 'Fill Layer' is slowing my workflow down.

Is there any 'key modifier' so that when the user clicks on the create new layer icon while a specific key is being held down, it will create a new fill layer instead?

Thanks.

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No, there is no modifier key nor a way to do it directly from the Layers panel.

But you do not need to navigate through the menus. You can assign your own keyboard shortcut key for Layer > New Fill layer, via the Affinity Photo Preferences, Keyboard Shortcuts:
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You could set up a keyboard shortcut to make a new fill layer. Check the preferences with the keyboard shortcuts in the Photo + Layers section.

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4 minutes ago, Adios Adobe said:

So I can just create whatever shortcut I like then?

Well, no, not whatever you like. It has to be one that doesn't duplicate an existing shortcut key :)

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21 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

It has to be one that doesn't duplicate an existing shortcut key

And it has to be one that you're not going to use for typing (eg letters and numbers on their own, or combined with Shift). Working on a large editorial system long ago I set an all-user shortcut key to Shift+B. I didn't half get some grief when people tried to type "Bristol".  

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