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I've looked for tutorials on this topic and nothing seems to explain it.

So if I have two raster layers, it's really frustrating because if I know for a fact that I want to merge those two pixel layers, the program won't let me. I try CTRL+E. Nothing. I try to rasterize the already raster pixel layer. Try CTRL+E again... Nothing. There's no way to merge these layers it seems. I I've resorted to grouping them, which still sucks. Because regardless of if I'm drawing in Affinity Photo or Affinity designer, I could have a sketch spread out on three layers, by accident and then if I need to erase, I have to juggle between all of them to figure out how to erase something that should take 1 second to accomplish. 

This is extremely frustrating and anything anyone can do to explain this would be freakin' awesome.

... And merging raster layers is a really super basic operation. I can't see why it wouldn't be in the program.

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I am not sure if you are on Mac or Windows but check the keyboard shortcuts set for Merge Down, Merge Selected & Merge Visible in Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts, or on the Layers menu in whatever version of Affinity Photo you are using. Select all the pixel layers & use one of those shortcuts or the menu item & it should work.


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4 hours ago, R C-R said:

Keyboard Shortcuts

It work in ADesigner? 


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Have you tried Layer > Merge Visible or Layer > Merge Selected?

John


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3 hours ago, Pšenda said:

It work in ADesigner? 

Nope. That's why I included "whatever version of Affinity Photo you are using" in my reply.


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From the formulation ", or on the Layers menu in whatever version of Affinity Photo you are using" I assumed, that the APhoto condition applies only to the Layers menu :-)


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3 hours ago, haakoo said:

Only way to do this is

Unfortunately, this is the most common reason for switching to APhoto and back.


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14 minutes ago, Fixx said:

CTRL/CMD-E is merge down. If you select two layers nothing happens. If you select upper layer it works as supposed.

But only in Photo.


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1 hour ago, simonlayfield said:

If I have two pixel layers in Photo, ...

Is this a Designer document you are working with? I ask because of the Artboard.


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Is this a Designer document you are working with? I ask because of the Artboard.

It is, yeah - from Designer selected 'Edit in Photo'.

I actually managed to overcome the problem by rasterizing both layers again, but all the same it seems like unexpected behavior.

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Posted (edited)

On MacOS.  Shift + option + E  or  Shift + command + E

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