I want to un nested (I know that this words is not correct) a level:

I have:

    level 2
    level 2

I would have:

level 2
level 2 

Is it possible? How can I obtain it?

this layer is the one that contain the other nested layer. But it it empty I can for sure erase it. But I need to erase it without the other nested layer it contains

  • Can't you take a screen capture to show what you want? It might help.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 27, 2017 at 12:55
  • "Layer", maybe? You want to remove a layer (or two, in your example) from a layer group, I assume. And I guess it isn't just two of them, because you would just have done this in less time than writing this question :) Jun 27, 2017 at 12:56
  • If you are trying to move layers out of a layer group, you can just left click and drag them out of the layer group. That sounds like your issue, but the question isn't really a clear. A screenshot would help. Jun 27, 2017 at 15:48

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Drag each layer out of the layer group

Layers actually can't be nested in GIMP. What you are seeing is a layer group, which is just a container to help organize layers and perform some actions on all of them at once.

Click and drag a layer to move it in an out of a layer group, just like you would normally rearrange layers.

If you are looking for a quick way to delete the layer group container but keep the layers that are in it and promote them up a level, I don't believe that's possible. You'll need to move each layer one at a time.

If you don't care about preserving individual layers, you could alternatively flatten the layer group, which will merge them all into one layer.

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