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tvanklee
Background Locked
on Feb 28, 2007 at 11:48:18 pm

A friend sent me a bitmap file to modify and I can't do anything with it. The only layer is the background and it is locked. The entire layer menu is blocked (I can't highlight any options with the mouse). So basically I can't do ANYTHING; not create a new layer, no applying effects...nothing. What's wrong here? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!


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TiffaniB
Re: Background Locked
on Mar 15, 2007 at 4:15:32 pm

Usually bitmap files are in indexed colorspace, so you can't work with layers.

You'll want to change it to RGB, and then in the layers palette, double click on the background layer to put it into an editable layer.

At this point, you'll end up saving it out as a jpg or gif - so if you want to get it back to bmp you have to flatten it, return it to indexed colorspace, and then save over the original.

Tiffani B


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