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Hi folks,

I just started working with Paint.NET, which is awesome. I used Adobe Fireworks for years at home, and now I use Paint.NET at work as my employer don't want to spend money on Adobe products ($$$$).

I'm used to handle layers pretty fast by simply clicking on the layer when putting my mouse over it (Adobe Fireworks, see screenshot below). Ì'm talking about the blue borders surrounding the layer. Every time you mouse finds a layer, the layers gets highlighted so you can click it and move it instantly. It makes life much easier and faster.

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Is there a plugin or a way to do it in Paint.NET rather than having to select the layer manually in the Layers window and then be able to alter it?

Regards

Charles

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In Paint.NET, all layers are blank canvases the size of the image itself, so you'd always be hovering over the topmost layer. I'm afraid this type of behavior simply isn't possible.

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I've filed a feature bug on v4 to consider this.

It would be relatively easy to implement. I just have to prioritize it along with eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevvvvvverything else ...

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In Paint.NET, all layers are blank canvases the size of the image itself, so you'd always be hovering over the topmost layer. I'm afraid this type of behavior simply isn't possible.

So, it would be a good thing to be able to resize layers in order to make that feature useful. In Fireworks, if you create a Text Layer, the layer dimensions varies with the text entered by the user.

I've filed a feature bug on v4 to consider this.

It would be relatively easy to implement. I just have to prioritize it along with eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevvvvvverything else ...

Thank you very much for the quick response!

Have a good day!

Charles

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The "dimensions" of the layer can simply be inferred by keeping track of the largest bounding rectangle around non-transparent pixels. No need to add clutter with a "resize layer" command.

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