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How to create an adjustment layer that blurs all layers below?

Is it possible? Right now I'm creating copies of all layers, flatten them all (the copies) to a single layer, and apply blur to this layer. But can it be done without having to create copies of the ...
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Why do GIF images automatically lock the base layer in Adobe Photoshop?

When I open a .gif image in Photoshop - non animated - it always locks automatically and you cannot unlock it. Aside from that when try try to add text it will make a red block and convert the text to ...
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How to design sleek magnifying glass effects like these?

I'm wondering how I can create the magnifying glass effect I've seen a lot lately on pages that sell software (either desktop or web-applications). Here are two examples. I really like the first one ...
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Will scaling down incrementally hurt quality?

In Photoshop, will there be a difference in quality when a raster is scaled down 75% once as opposed to being scaled down 50% twice? In both cases, the final size will be the same: 25% of the ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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Is there a “Fit to Canvas” option in Photoshop like there is in Fireworks?

I am a Fireworks user new to Photoshop. In FW there is the very handy "fit to canvas" button in the properties panel at the bottom which when clicked snaps the image to the canvas by adjusting the ...
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What is the Slicing Option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used For?

What is the Slicing option in Illustrator and Photoshop Used for? Doesn't the Guides option provide such functionality?
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How to create a batch job, numbering images (writing text on them) from 1 to 100 in Photoshop?

Looking to create a 100 images that would have their appropriate numbers written on them. Since I`ll be most likely making changes to the template in the future I figured it would be better to ...
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How do I apply anti-aliasing to the edges of a layer?

How do I apply anti-aliasing to the edges of a layer? I have a layer that has rough edges. I want to apply anti-aliasing to it so it blends well against the background. What is the best way to do ...
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Perspective manipulation

I'm trying to achieve the effect shown below, but with a photograph and I'm having some trouble maintaining the height width ratio so the photograph doesn't look too distorted - can anyone offer any ...
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How reliable are the colour blindness previews in Illustrator and Photoshop?

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have options to preview what artwork will look like to people with red/green colour blindness (protanopia and duteranopia). How reliable are these previews? For ...
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Why do graphic designers / illustrators start with a large painted area?

When I watch time lapses of Photoshop (and the like) artwork, I always ask myself why they paint a huge area over the picture over and over again (like layers). As reference watch the first seconds ...
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Text in my Photoshop image looks “blurry”

I am creating a website header in Photoshop CS5, however when I look at it, the text looks very blurry and I have no idea why. I use the Web preset. What do you recommend for the sharpest and best ...
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Photoshop curved Shadow

How to create the shadow effect as per the url/image below? Specifically, the rounded/curved shadow at the bottom:
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What resolutions are standard for digital device wallpaper designs?

What seems to be the most popular resolution that wallpaper comes in for desktop wallpaper? I am a digital artist so I want people to download my wallpaper. What resolution should I offer it in to ...
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3D - How to make this photo wall effect in Photoshop?

Hello I want to create a photo wall effect similar to this and I am trying to do it with Photoshop CS6. Can someone give me some pointers and tips how to do it? I tried with Warp, but it looks so ...
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Is there a way to sort fonts inside Photoshop, as “serif,” “sans-serif,” “script,” etc.?

In my years as a graphic designer (and now web designer and developer,) I've acquired a great number of fonts; inasmuch as backing them up was a responsibility paramount attendant upon formatting my ...
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Make a desaturated image transparent keeping only shadows & highlights

I've been trying to do this for a few days now and have not gotten the results I need. I'm not sure I'm using the correct terminology in the title, if not, please feel free to correct me, and I'll ...
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How to distribute an equal amount of space between each object in Photoshop?

I'm using "Distribute Horizontal Centers" in Photoshop, but it might be the wrong tool for the job. I'm guessing Photoshop will be distributing the CENTER of each text object and aligning that, so ...
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How to cut a large photo into a grid of smaller photos automatically in Photoshop?

Is there a way, maybe a script, that would help me cut an image into say 50 images? I have a massive panorama I would like to print on normal stock photo paper and I am using Photoshop. The output ...
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How does one turn a white background transparent in Photoshop but keep transparency?

In this image, I want to keep the drop shadow, but not the white background.
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Is a Photoshop EPS file a vector format?

If I save my file from Photoshop as a Photoshop EPS is that going to be okay as a vector across the board (ie will it be resizeable in whatever it's opened in)? I know if you open a .psd in Photoshop ...
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Photoshop selection feather and cut/paste behavior (pixel loss)

When cutting(deleting) a selection with a feather it completely deletes all that is inside the selection and creates the feather with gradually increasing opacity outside the selection line. On the ...
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What's the difference between Monitor RGB and sRGB?

Since the output is web, RGB is choosen, but is there any difference between "Monitor RGB..." and "sRGB..."? In Photoshop, they are both under color settings > working spaces > RGB
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When is Photoshop an inappropriate tool?

When, if ever, is Photoshop the wrong tool for the job? There are several tools that slightly overlap with Photoshop in functionality. Adobe makes several ones themselves. Thing is Photoshop is ...
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Resize text bounding box in Photoshop

I want to re-size the bounding box for an existing block of text. I found that by holding down the CTRL key on Windows, it will let you scale the text block, but I just want to resize the bounds of ...
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How to import a picture file to an existing psd in Photoshop CS5?

I need to import other picture file to an existing psd in Photoshop frequently. However, I do only know one complicated way to do this: Open the file with Photoshop. Windows->Float All in ...
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How to convert old scanned documents into black and white

I have some old documents that have been scanned, and I want to convert them to black and white. Content should be always black, and background white: I use Photoshop.
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What techniques are there to create a geometric diamond pattern in Photoshop?

I cannot figure out how to go about making a pattern similar to this one: I know it must be relatively simple but I cannot wrap my mind around creating a consistent repeating pattern. thanks!
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Photoshop - retrieve graphic from off screen / outside canvas

I've got some text somewhere outside of the canvas border but I can't find it. Usually using move tool I can squiggle around until it peeks onto the canvas, but this time it must be WAY outside. ...
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Photoshop - Is there a keyboard shortcut for creating a new frame?

In Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 / CS6, is there a keyboard shortcut to make a new frame using the animation window and timeline? I make a lot of gif animations and would like to reduce mouse movement for ...
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Effective way to cut out clouds in photoshop

I've had to use clouds in projects on more than one occasion, and I'd like to find a way to extract (select only) the clouds. There are a lot of good brushes for this type of thing but often times ...
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How do I turn off anti-aliasing while drawing shapes in Photoshop?

Whenever I create a square shape at 100% zoom, I get perfectly sharp edges. However, once I zoom in at any amount, drawing a perfect square (without anti-aliasing) is very difficult. Is there a way I ...
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How to achieve this 3D “Card” effect

How do I create this type of effect with an image? I'm wondering how to get the thick edges and the tilted look. Is there an online tool that will convert a flat image to look like this? Source
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How to create a “zig zagged, jagged” effect with Photoshop?

I'd like to create the effect of a zig-zagged line at the bottom (or top, or any edge) of a rectangle. I also want to use this image on a web page, thus I think I should do it such that I can repeat ...
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How do I paste into a layer's mask in Photoshop?

When I paste Cmd+V a new layer is created instead of pasting into the layer's mask that I created. What I'm trying to do is take a black and white layer and make it the mask of a all white layer. ...
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How do I edit multiple layers at once?

How do I edit multiple layers in Photoshop at once? Highlighting them all or selecting them selectively while holding shift does not work (for example, when applying Layer Options effects to layers).
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What is HSB really?

Can any of my graphics designer friends explain HSB to me? I know it's hue/saturation/brightness and I know what those three do (for the most part)... I understand the algorithm of creating colors ...
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What does “LS4” or “LS16” mean when searching for Adobe software like Fireworks or CS Master Collection?

I often find the name of the Adobe software and "LS4" or "LS16" next to it. What does it mean?
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How can I combine multiple PDF files into one?

I have made my CV using Photoshop CS5.1 (3 separate files) and need to convert it to a single PDF file. I've done it before using a free download but can't remember what it was...does anybody know? Or ...
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How to add background color to text in Photoshop

What's the easiest way to do it? I know CSS could just set background color of text very easily. And fireworks was able to do that. But I can't make it work now. I know there is a harder way: putting ...
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What should I do regarding color profile when designing for the web?

I have read this article by Doug Avery where he explains how to disable Color Management in Adobe Photoshop and the follow-up article in response to the uproar of the commenters arguing against it and ...
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If I make a design in RGB mode and then change it to CMYK how will it look when it's printed?

I'm making a business card in Photoshop and it needs to be in CMYK mode. Now, I'm using a logo on it that I previously made for the client in RGB mode and when I put it into the CMYK mode business ...
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How do game designers create graphics for their games?

Lets say a game designer is going to create a new character for his game and now needs to draw the character using an art style that is a smooth (not pixel art) style. What would be the best way for ...
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How to optimize duplicated frames in an animated GIF using Photoshop?

I've been experimenting with a technique called cinemagraphs. This technique makes animated GIFs where only a small portion of the scene is animated. Here's a quick one that I just made: So far, ...
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Designing A Website from Scratch – Illustrator or Photoshop?

If I'm designing a website from scratch and I intend to slice it and code it up in Adobe Dreamweaver later, should I create the design of the website in Illustrator or Photoshop? Why?
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How to create an artistically posterized monotone portrait?

Can anyone please tell me what this greyscale vector style is called and how can I achieve it? Source I was informed I should put my image in Photoshop and adjust the levels and run the cutout ...
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Why can't Photoshop properly open this PNG?

When I try to open this image in PS (CS5) I get red rectangles around the parts of the image that are not transparent. If I copy the image and paste it in PS I get the contents of the image, as seen ...
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How to resize icon sets in Photoshop?

When looking online for icons to use on my websites, I often find very well designed free icon sets. However, often these icon sets are only available on a single size - for instance the icon set ...
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How can I identify what font was used in a Photoshop layer when the font is not installed on my computer?

So I created a layout for a website a while back and now am getting back to the project. The issue is I have a small logo designed and I am trying to recreate the logo at a much larger resolution. ...