Layers sound intimidating. When you start to use an image-editing program, your first impulse is to avoid them and just make all your changes directly to the image.
But multiple layers make almost every aspect of image editing easier. If you learn about them now, you'll save an amazing amount of time, and operations that previously would have been impossible become easy. This chapter will cover the following topics:
What is a layer?
Using layers to add text
Using the Move tool
Changing colors: GIMP's color chooser
Simple effects using layers
Linking layers together
Performing operations on layers
Using layers for copy and paste
A tour of the Layers dialog
Bonus project: Making simple GIF animations