Add a Layer Mask
- Open up the Layers menu [CTRL][L]. If you're opening just a basic jpeg or png there should be just one layer at this point.
- In the Layers menu, right click on the layer and select Add Layer Mask.
- Make sure White (full opacity) is selected and click Add. You should see a white box show up next to the thumbnail of your image in the Layers menu.
but there is no Add Layer Mask command.
This one describes exactly what I am trying to do:
How? I can create a new layer, but then how does this next step appear?Add a layer using the layer dialog box. It doesn't matter which color it is, because you will be filling it.
How do I select the new layer? It appears that there should be a Layers tab. How do I make it appear? Ctrl-L!Decide on the color that you want the image to fade into. Use the bucket fill tool to fill the empty layer with it. A light blue will be used here.
Not enough. I suspect the people writing these things are leaving out steps or relying on settings in GIMP that are not default after installation.
UPDATE: Much simpler and it works!