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exporting layers to files and applying the background image to all layers

I have a file with about 80 layers that I want to export to png's. That bit I know how to do but what I'm stuck with is how to include the background layer with every layer being exported? Each layer ...
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PNG32 vs PNG24 vs PNG8

I thought there is only PNG8 and png32, but photoshop has option for PNG24, and fireworks has all 3 options. Which is better for web world? Also when I export PNG24 with alpha transparency in ...
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How to remove noise/grain on a picture, based on some “noise pattern”

I have a picture containing lot of noise (see example below). Using photoshop CS5, is there any way to remove/or minimize these artefacts ? I know this is possible in sound editors (like Goldwave) ...
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How can I edit the colors in an already-placed, custom gradient in Photoshop?

Here's a basic list of what I did to the document before I sat down at the computer tonight: Customized a gradient Applied the gradient to the image in the usual way (mouse stroke), in its own layer ...
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Do I need to create my images at twice the pixel dimensions on a retina display?

I just got a new Macbook Pro with Retina and I'm confused about how to attack my PSD's. If I'm designing a site which has 14px font size, should I be creating it at 28px in Photoshop to see what it ...
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How to resize vector masks without changing the size-ratio of round corners of it?

Let's say that I have a vector mask of 200px-w 150px-h rectangle with 8 px curved corners. If I want to resize this to 100px-w 100px-h without changing the size-ratio of round corners, how do I do ...
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How to create an extruded halftone effect in illustrator or photoshop

I saw this photo on Smashing Magazine: Portrait of Alfred Nobel by Viktor Hertz And I was wondering how I can make a similar effect with the halftones extruding into 3D like it is shown. I don'...
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Photoshop: How to save only the masked area of an edited photograph?

Question If you have a PSD file that consists of one main mask (masking all other layers), isn't there an easy way to save just the masked area as an image? Background So I have a photograph I've ...
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How do you create custom scripts for automation in Photoshop?

I have been recording custom actions to perform various automations, though I am starting to require greater control which would be better implemented using some form of scripting (if this can indeed ...
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How can I create a multi-color blurred background?

I have seen an image with this background. As a newbie I am unable to get this multi colored mixed background. I am able to get just two colors and that too linearly with the Blend Tool. But that ...
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Can I transform an image's location in a Photoshop action so that it's relative to the canvas and NOT the image?

I'm trying to create an action that will move a layer around the canvas. The problem is that my image won't always be the same size and neither will my canvas. If I record a transform and move my ...
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Rich black : faded gray appears colored

I have a question about using rich black for a print document. In InDesign, I set a rich black color for the background (0/80/0/100), and I need to set a faded round gray shape, with an opacity around ...
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How do I simulate in Photoshop what a piece will look like when printed on non-white paper?

I'm designing a box in Photoshop that will be offset printed on unbleached paper. I haven't picked out a printer yet, so I don't know the exact kind of paper I'll be using and don't have access to it ...
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Scale layers in a psd file by 200% for retina iPad

I have a PSD file that my designer gave me fitted for iPad dimensions. I need to support the retina iPad as well. What's the best way to create the 2x retina images? Should I scale up the layers by ...
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How can I outline this image with a thick black border

I would like to turn this image into just a simple black outline. Like this simple hand drawn example below, but more precise.
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Creating a pattern from an image

I need the following image turned into a pattern that would repeat in the y-axis only. How can I make it repeat smoothly (so it actually looks like it's a pattern)? Thanks!
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How to recreate this background in photoshop for use in a mobile app? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do so many app menus get that finished textured look? I'm still a beginner, but I really like this texture and have been trying for hours to recreate it. Question: ...
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Pointillism? Mosaic? Vector Bokeh? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this effect and what would be the best way to achieve it in Photoshop or Illustrator in terms of filling a different vector shape with a similar distribution of rainbow circles? ...
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Textures - How to use in Web Design

Basically, I love how people use textures in web design. But as most website designs are "fluid", how do you make them work for all monitors and make them seamless? For Example, on the website http://...
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How to apply a layer to multiple open images in photoshop?

I am using Photoshop CS6. I have 40 images that have a transparent background open. I would like to apply a layer (a fill with gradient) to each of the 40 images without having to manually select ...
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Photoshop CS6 tabs are too long

Every time I work in Photoshop I use multiple tabs, but It gets annoying if I have more than 3 tabs open in the same window because the tabs display the name of the file, the zoom % and the first line ...
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How do I Export from Adobe Illustrator to Photoshop and Preserve Layers?

I am a web developer and I convert design elements from Photoshop to html. Sometimes I receive the designs in Illustrator. I like to export the Illustrator files to Photoshop so they are easier to ...
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MacBook retina Photoshop save for web

I am, like so many other graphic designers, very excited about the new MacBook 15" with retina display. But there is one thing that I really am concerned about. With 4 times the pixels as on ordinary ...
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My options to link large image into AI file

My .psd file has a resolution of 6m x 3m @ 150 DPI. This makes it 35433px x 5906px in size. Photoshop CS6 saves the file as .tiff or .psb only. When I first import into Illustrator I get an error that ...
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How do I partially break a clipping mask border?

I’m looking for a non-destructive way of allowing an image to be partially "clipped" by a clipping mask, like so: I view the above image as having three parts… a Person (top layer; being clipped) ...
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Save for Web in Photoshop with custom DPI

I am writing user documentation using DITA which allows me to easily generate deliverables in PDF, CHM and web formats. The images need to be saved with a DPI of 110 so that they are displayed ...
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How to use two instances of image to make an image overall wider?

I am working on a print size of 72" x 24". My image that I would like to use is about 18" x 18" at 300 dpi. I am afraid just resizing the image will result in to much loss of quality to stretch to fit ...
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What benefits are there to workflows using Images at 32-bits per channel?

To be clear, I'm referring to images that have a color depth of 32-bits per channel. Has anyone ever used images this large in a workflow – other than as RAW files directly from a camera? If so, why ...
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How to create a cartoon effect to the most basic sketch?

How would I go about creating an effect such as the people in this image. I like the simplicity of only a few colors and shapes. Is there a filter I could use?
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What's the Illustrator equivalent of Photoshop's clipping masks?

I'm struggling to find a way in Illustrator to do something which is very simple in Photoshop. Here's an example: I draw a plane. Now I want to draw stripes on it and a cockpit. In Ps, I clip ...
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Is there a way (without dragging) to move layer into specific group in Photoshop? [duplicate]

Is there a way (without dragging) to move a layer into specific group in Photoshop? Because I have large PSD file (greater than 100 layers), moving a layer into a group by just dragging is too hard to ...
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Best workflow to save an image in 3 different sizes

In Photoshop, I want to create 3 different sizes of the same logo. There will be some differences in the look of the logo depending on target screen size. I believe the slice tool is what I want but ...
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How to place a border around a picture with transparency in Photoshop?

I have an image I want to draw a 1px black border around. When I increase the canvas size the extra space will be transparent; I can't select a color here. Ordinarily I would increase the canvas by 2 ...
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How to apply a texture to the background

I was trying to follow this tutorial to build a website and on Step 2, it said that I should paint the jpeg texture to the background. http://www.designzzz.com/how-to-make-web-template-photoshop/ I'...
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Is there a way to make Adjustment Layers ignore certain layers?

Is it possible to insert a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer at the top of all layers - but make it so that chosen layers are not affected by it? Can it be done without altering positions? (Ie. moving ...
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How to put a dotted line stroke on a vector shape using Photoshop

I've created a simple vector pennant type banner using Photoshop. I'd like to put a stroke on the banner with dashed lines approximately 3 pixels in from the edges of the shape. I know I can add a ...
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Photoshop Action to determine dimensions of layer

I'm wondering if there is a way to setup an Action in CS6 that would be able to determine the dimensions of an image or layer? Ultimately, I'd like to create a watermark essentially which would ...
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Photoshop: Pixel pattern blurry on export to PDF

I am designing an A1 poster (at 300 dpi) and am noticing blurriness on a pixel pattern when I export my PSD to PDF. My methodology for generating the PDF is as follows: Flatten the image Save as -> ...
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How do you create a new document from a layer group that's also the size of the group?

I'd like to create a new document from a group of layers. It should be the same size as the largest layer in the group, even if the current document is a lot bigger. For example, I have a web page ...
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How to use photoshop file in Indesign for print (having Pantone colors)

I have a question for you guys... :) I have Pantone Colors in my photoshop files. However, I am also using Indesign to do final composing and exporting of the design. I was wondering what is the ...
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Automating the Creation of Geometric Shapes?

How can I draw geometric shapes, or other regular shapes, such as a gear, using macros or scripts? I'd like to experiment with creating games by combining elements, similar to geoDefense: http://www....
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What's the name for images like these?

I'm trying to figure out the name for, or a collection of, the kinds of images that "fade-into" a solid color. For example, twitter has this image: This allows them to add a background image that ...
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Queries from Printers about my booklet created with photoshop, please help [closed]

I sent my artwork for print and they have returned it with a few queries. I would be very grateful if anyone could help me understand what they are asking of me. They said: 1) No bleeds , no trim ...
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Can't see all the font styles installed in Windows 7

I've installed a font that has different styles (bold, italics, thin, medium, ultra and so on...), but I can't use them all because I can't see them in Photoshop. The fonts are installed, but seem in ...
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How can I create a coffee cream effect with Photoshop?

Today I would like to create a coffee cup with the cream floral on it as a text by using Photoshop. It looks like you order a cup of hot cappuccino and the bartender will draw a flower with cream on ...
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Skew transform severely distorts screenshot - any workaround?

I'm trying to create the image below where a screen (640px x 960px @ 72ppi) is shown on a stock photo of a device. Is there any way to maintain high quality of the screenshot on the device? I used ...
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Text revolving around planet effect photoshop

I want an effect where in I have a globe and I want to put a text ring around the globe. Similar to the rings in a planet but in place of the ring, there would be text that gives effect of a ring. ...
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Photoshop, duplicate layer order down (instead of up)

I'm working with Photoshop for over 10 years already but can't find this simple thing: When I'm creating repeatable objects I always duplicate folders and work my way from up to the bottom. When ...
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How can I make a 30 degree pattern?

I would like to make a simple line pattern rotated at 30 degrees, but no matter what I try I can't make it repeat itself without the lines being cut. Is this possible to do?
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Weird Photoshop screen update problem when doing “Step Backwards” with a tablet

When I have my tablet plugged in, "Step Backwards" and "Undo" stop functioning normally. I have CS5 Extended 12.1 64-bit and OS X 10.7.3 with a Wacom Intuos PTZ-630. Suppose I draw 3 discrete ...