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File backups for Photoshop

I've been working with Photoshop for a long time, and every once in a while I work on a file, sometimes in a rush, sometimes just being lazy.. what happens is that I end up ruining it. I save, go on ...
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Working in illustrator & photoshop interchangeably

As I've seen several people do as well, I am constantly switching back and forth between illustrator and photoshop. Illustrator, IMO, is much easier to work with when creating graphics (as far as ...
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Photoshop Action for save mysteriously increase file size

I record a Photoshop action to save file as png format. It works except one thing: file sizes differ when I do manually save and when I play the save action (recorded exactly the same steps in manual ...
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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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Recommended books about styling elements for App / Interface Design

I'm new to Photoshop and I'm looking for a book which helps me to learn design iOS Apps and user interfaces. I don't look for a book that teaches me about good UI, I'm looking for techniques I can use ...
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Automated fitting images inside a frame

I have a frame in which different photos must shrink and fit into (frame size is absolute), and then save into different file names (preferably same name as the file that was fit into the frame). ...
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Remove selected ring when editing layer in Photoshop CS6

The layer being edited always have a black border around it, this is rather annoying especially when I draw something small, anyone knows how to remove it? Thanks.
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Coding a website design , which is better from PSD (Adobe photoshop) or EPS ( Adobe illustrator )? [duplicate]

What is the diffrence between EPS and PSD in making a mockup in: 1. Quality 2. Size in loading page 3. Easier to use 4. Similarity between both of them Thanks in advance....
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Eyedropper straight to clipboard

I think this is a pretty simple request, but how can i get it so that when i select a colour on my image using the eyedropper that is goes to my clipboard without me having to open up the dialogue box ...
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Photoshop CS6 Cropping Problem

I'm having a trouble cropping at all sizes when using W x H x Resolution. For example, I choose 500px as W and H, and then 300ppi for resolution- and then I have to wait. And I mean WAIT ALL DAY. The ...
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Cleaning up DPI/PPI for scanned graphics to put on the web?

I am trying to figure out the most efficient method for editing raw scanned documents so they look best at 72PPI when published on a website. I have an example here which is from a 600DPI source scan. ...
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The diff between a shape layer and a layer with a vector mask when applying a gradient overlay layer style in photoshop CS 6?

The image The layer panel The yellow top rect is the layer with vector mask, the one with full gradient is the shape layer. They are both applied a gradient overlay, but the layer with mask ...
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How to save layers individually that can still interact with each other outside of photoshop?

What I am trying to do is to move a png of semi-transparent gradient above another png of a box in it within a video editor. So imagine the first gradient slowly moving to the left on top of the box, ...
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How to make a series of rectangles follow a pen path

I am trying to get a series of shapes (rectangles) to follow a path (sine wave) that I made with the pen tool, but I have no clue how to do that or if it is possible. I have tried warping a ...
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Photoshop help to reduce the PSD file size without losing its quality and to create a fast loading page? [closed]

I have beeen working on a website design into a psd format , the file size reached around 300 megabytes.... So is my PSD file as intial design reaching this size is terrible ! I need to end up with ...
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Can you save an image with a white background as a transparent image out of Photoshop?

I'm having issues with artwork I would like to use for my website. Unfortunately, the artwork I have came included with a white background behind it. I realize I can manually remove the white ...
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Exporting photoshop layers to PNG in cs6

I've seen the response here, but the built-in script is excruciatingly slow (I let it sit for 3 hours before giving up) and the custom one in the response thinks there's only one layer (and only ...
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selecting inverse an Inner Border on photoshop

Is there a way to select an inner border in Select Inverse? Here is one example I need to select the border pointed by the red arrow. With the basic select inverse both borders pointed by the blue ...
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How to modify basic paragraph in Photoshop CS6?

After pressing OK button new paragraph rule created. But I need to modify basic paragraph.
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How to control alignment with a reference layer?

I am attempting to align the horizontal centers of background box here with the bookmark icon and associated text (all three are on separate layers). The problem I'm having is that when I select all ...
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Why can I not align these two elements?

I am trying to align a text layer to the vector mask directly below it - the top two elements displayed in the Layers Panel in the below image. For some reason, with both layers selected - although ...
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Why is the paint brush painting in a particular layer style?

I was trying to clean up the bottom of this bitmap bookmark by replacing blurry (i.e. Between black and the main grey color) pixels with the main grey color of the bokmarks. I selected paint brush, ...
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How to imitate watercolor-esc imperfections and tranparencies in Photoshop

How can you create watercolor-esc transparencies, varying levels of depth of color and also creating imperfections, like these two images bellow? (both by Elisa Webler) I've tried taking a vector ...
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Photoshop - how to get rid of background and resize the image inside it?

I am working on this image: And I need to get rid of that gray background, and resize the image itself. Right now if I try to resize the image, is says it is pixels: 3285 by 2000. Thanks!
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Beginner in Photoshop, how can I take an iPad psd file and put an image inside it?

I have a screen shot image for my app. What I am trying to do is insert it into a nice image of the actual device. So I downloaded this image: but I am clueless about how I can cut out just the ...
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How to apply gradient to mask in Photoshop?

I've been using Photoshop CS3 for several years. All of a sudden today, I could not apply a gradient to a layer mask. Nothing happens. I was, however, able to use a brush on the mask. Click layer ...
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Square brushes in Photoshop have one rounded corner

I'm trying to create a favicon in Photoshop CS5 by painting individual pixels. I've tried using the square brushes but for some reason each square brush preset has one rounded corner in the bottom ...
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Merging Two Anchor Points in Photoshop

I have a shape path that contains two shapes within it. I want to merge two anchor points from - note that the two anchors are on different paths on the same shape. Here is an image. Is it ...
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How to sharpen a shape layer or vector mask without rasterization?

I am attempting to clean up the below vector image at the bottom, since the pixellation is not very sharp. However, I am told that I will need to rasterize it in order to adjust the pixels. So my ...
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Photoshop: How do I keep 1x and 2x (for retina display) images in the same document?

I just read on an article about designing for iPhone retina display that you can keep the 2x images in the same document and use a Photoshop Action to scale up the 1x to see how the larger version ...
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Export selected layer from Photoshop to web format

I have this big PSD file (300MB) which I need to somehow, export each layer as a web format (PNG for example) to fit them in a HTML. The only thing I found in PS is in the Scripts menu, the Export ...
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How do I save as a template in Photoshop CS4?

I've been making my templates by just saving a psd file but that brings up the problem that I might save over the template on accident. When I go to File> I don't see a "Save as Template" option. Is ...
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Airbrushing flames in photoshop?

I would like to achieve an effect in Photoshop that involves airbrushing flames, similar to what is done in this video: However, I can't figure out a way to mask the canvas from part of the brush ...
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Photoshop shortcut for collapsing folders with square brackets?

I'm working in a very complex Photoshop document with many folders. I'm quite shortcut-savvy and use the square brackets + control and alt keys to select layers, reorder them, etc. What would make my ...
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Photoshop cloning non opaque image

Using Photoshop CS6, I have a PNG with some transparencies with soft edges. I need to clone a semi-transparent area, but when I do that I always end up overlapping the original image, losing the ...
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What are the smallest dimensions/resolution I can use for a 7ft x 2ft banner? [duplicate]

I am designing a banner which will be printed at 7ft x 4ft. I am using Photoshop CS4. The images are not vectors. The original poster artwork has been done at 300 ppi for A4 printing. I was ...
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How to copy elements from Fireworks to Photoshop with transparent background

Always when I try to copy-paste something from Fireworks to Photoshop it gets a white background. So often I end up saving the part I need as a seperate png-file with transparent background and then ...
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How can I color all layers below without coloring over transparent background?

I have a logo consisting of a group of paths and smart objects, so I want them to stay editable. Layers: Now all these are white in color. Behind them is transparency. I want to color all the ...
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How do I create a lens flare effect?

How was the following design made? It's very beautiful, and I'm trying to recreate it on my own. When I'm done, I'd like to have a "correct answer" to check my answer against.
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How to increase brightness of a highlighted text in a scanned image?

I'm currently scanning a few documents at the moment and have highlighted several parts of the text. My scanner doesn't pick up the highlighted text very well and the highlighted areas are very ...
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Copy text in an image and make a new with similiar layout/pattern/structure

I have a text in a image file, that says "Forward". How can I with the same layout/pattern/structure create an additional text "Rewind". So I have two similar texts? Thanks!
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Common darkened inner glow effect on solid colour in Photoshop and Illustrator

This SHOULD be really simple, but I can't seem to achieve it effectively with Inner Glow. The effect is so commonly used; nearly every logo here features the effect of a subtle gradient effecting a ...
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Action on selected layer in Photoshop

I have a bunch of Smart Objects in a .psd. I want to create an action that opens up the .psb of each individual Smart Object and scale the .psb image size by 150%. The reason for all this is that ...
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How can I write in other languages in Photoshop?

In other languages, alphabets can combine characters into symbols. I don't know if Photoshop can do that. Is there a clean way to do it, or a special plugin (preferably free)?. Maybe there is some ...
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How can I prevent layer effects from overwriting when merging layers?

Often when I apply some effects to layers, and I merge them, the ones with effects have their blending mode messed up. They act as if all of their layer blending mode became normal and then merged. ...
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Animated gif in PS only shows first frame

So I have a series of images that I am trying to make into an animated gif. I have an animation time line and all that basic jazz, and I have saved for the web as a gif. When I reach the final save ...
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My Timeline window is missing lots of controls

I'm using CS6. Can someone tell me how to display all the controls of the timeline window ? Here's what mine looks like: All the demos / tutorials [show the timeline quite differently there:
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Hiding symbol (and other weird) fonts from Photoshop

In my Photoshop fonts menu there's a lot of fonts I'll never use, and these get in the way of finding the fonts I do use. Can I hide those never-use fonts from Photoshop? (I'm not sure font management ...
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Batch resize and OUTPUT multiple images

I need to batch resize multiple images and thats really easy in Photoshop insert a folder and get a output in anther folder. But i need this to output multiple images of all the images inside the ...
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What is this effect called and How Do I create this?

The part where the human is shown. I have the original image in color and want to convert it into the red effect. What is the effect called and what technique is used.