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One-key shortcut to clear a layer without deleting it.

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Would it be possible to implement a one-key shortcut to clear a layer without deleting it. This would reduce the amount of keystrokes needed in a quickfire session.

 

So far i believe the quickest way is: ctrl-a -> del > ctrl-d.

 

 

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How often do you do this, that a specific shortcut is need?

I use Ctrl+A, Del, Esc.


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You'd be surprised. Its extremely handy in situations where you just want to iterate quickly on something. Or just start over.

 

As for it being a specific shorcut,  Krita, photoshop and gimp all do it like that as the default DEL functionality I believe. It makes sense too, deleting a layer is not entirely necessary. Deleting just the contents is a bit more workflow friendly. Purposefully getting rid of a layer is the more unique situation for such a simple hotkey imo. In that stead it could just be shift+del or something?

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If this is your basic operation, create a macro.


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Clearing a layer using Cmd-A, backspace, cmd-D is so quick that I feel there is no need for other command. Deleting whole layer takes much more mousing time.

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9 hours ago, mkz said:

default DEL functionality

I personally prefer simple and direct behavior:

- select object, DEL = delete selected object.

- select all object (Ctrl + A), DEL = delete all selected object.

Deleting the entire contents of the layer after one pressing DEL (even unwanted), I would not want to.


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I guess the difference im seeing here is that I use a large screen tablet without express keys. So I keep a keyboard to the side, so its way more convenient to have this done via one key than numerous.

 

Its a bit of an edge case, so if you guys are really that against the default behavior changing, then It would be cool to at-least have an option to switch the default behavior of del to clear a layer rather than delete it.  Or I can download a separate utility to make a custom macro for affinity like you suggested.

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