This page is part of the Draft OpenRaster specification.

State: Implemented (awaiting schema merge)

Layer Edit Locking Status

Editor applications sometimes have a concept of layers which are currently locked to prevent accidental editing. This state should be saved as part of OpenRaster files which might be opened again for editing in order to assist user workflow. Therefore, the <layer/> element in a layer stack definition should support the following extra attribute:

  • "edit-locked": the layer edit locking status, expressed as an xsd:boolean. True values ("true", canonically) mean that the layer was locked to prevent accidental edits by the user, and should be regarded as un-editable after loading if such immutable layers are supported by the editor. False values ("false", canonically) indicate that the layer is not edit locked, and should be treated as editable immediately after loading. The default is false. (It is intended that other kinds of "locking", e.g. alpha locking which makes the alpha channel of a layer immutable, should suffix their attribute names with the string "-locked" for consistency. Don't just use "locked" on its own; there's more than one kind of immutability.)


When a user does not wish to accidentally paint colour onto a monochrome sketch layer, they may wish to edit-lock that layer in the user interface. When the working document is saved, such a layer stack might be saved as:

  <layer name="sketch" x="0" y="0" src="data/layer001.png" edit-locked="true"/>
  <layer name="colours" x="-512" y="-128" src="data/layer002.png"/>

Impact on Applications

This change has no impact on the viewing baseline intent.

Applications supporting the full baseline intent which permit layers to be made immutable by the user to prevent accidental edits should mark edit-locked layers with the edit-locked attribute when saving, and restore their edit-locked state when loading. Applications may impose their own definition of what edit-locked actually means; for example, in MyPaint, layers marked as locked in this way cannot be painted to, but are also unavailable for selection by brushstroke or for brushstroke picking.

The edit-locked attribute must be omitted when saving for the archival intent.


Implemented in Krita and MyPaint development trunks since 2012-03-26.