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Hi All,

I am new to Affinity Photo and was wondering how you could paint in an empty text layer. I ask because I want to add internal smudging to a specific text png, but I don’t want it the smudge to be merged with the actual text. I want the actual smudging to be a segregated pixel layer under the text layer so that I could deselect it to adjust it. I provided an example from a YouTube GFX video of part of what I want to do. Notice how the pixel layers have smudging. For some reason, I can’t paint over empty pixel layers in the app. I notice the pixel layers in the photo say “unnamed.” Does that have anything to do with my problem?


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Can you provide a link to the video tutorial you're following. Some tools like the Smudge Tool can only be used on Pixel based layers and not Text layers, unless they've been rasterised. The more information we have on what you would like to do the better. A couple of the layers have the Fx icon, this means they have some effects applied, this could be a Gaussian Blur but the images isn't clear to confirm. The layer names won't have any affect on the process, they are for organising your layer structure.

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