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My layer has "invisible" pixels selected - how to fix it?
My layer has "invisible" pixels selected - how to fix it?
Written by Ryan Allan
Updated over a week ago


Artists and graphic designers often encounter an issue where the bounding box of a layer extends beyond the actual visible pixels. This can occur after performing transformations such as scaling, rotating, or after using the eraser tool to remove portions of the layer. Despite the pixel content being modified or deleted, the software may still indicate that the layer extends into these empty areas. While this may not affect the visual outcome of the artwork, it can lead to confusion when aligning layers or applying effects.

โ€‹Troubleshooting Steps:

  1. Verify Layer Bounds: First, ensure that the issue is indeed with the layer bounds (light purple on the right side of the rectangle is unnecessary). (See if the boundary of the active layer extends beyond the needed content (dark purple rectangular).)

  2. Selection and Deletion: If excess bounds are confirmed, use the selection tool to outline the area of the layer where the pixels should be empty.

    Once selected, press the 'Clear' button. This action should prompt the software to recalculate the layer bounds accurately, removing the excess.

  3. Deselect and Check: After deletion, deselect the area and check the layer bounds again (choose Transform Tool). The boundary should now correctly match the actual pixel content of the layer.

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