Questions about grouping graphics (raster or vector) into layers, and applying effects to layers.

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When saving an image as a PNG or JPEG, does photoshop/GIMP only save the top layers or all the data?

I need to send a file to someone but it has sensitive information on it that I would not like to share. I was going to just scan the document and edit out the sensitive information with a layer ...
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How do you change the color of multiple shape layers at once in Photoshop?

I have a series of shape layers that I am using to create a logo. These shape layers are not directly above or below each other. Instead, they are spaced out between a series of other shape layers. ...
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How do I expand a folder of layers in Photoshop Elements?

In Photoshop Elements, how do I expand a layer group to see the layers inside? I mean "Register form" or "login form" in the following screenshot:
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Size and transparency differences when saving PNG by different methods

I'm exporting PSD layers to PNGs for a game's texture atlases. When I'm doing Copy -> New File (RGB 8-bit) -> Save As PNG, the resulting PNG is quite heavy and Finder shows white background ...
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Color inverting layer

I am trying to make an arrow that will stand out against any background. I know there are ways to make transparent and semi-transparent images. I was wondering if there is a way to make a layer that ...
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Using the Export Layers as Files (png) script results in multiple sized images

I have a psd that consists of around 50 layers and would like to export each layer into pngs. I have tried the Export Layers as Files script in PS CS5, selecting the PNG format. I need all exported ...
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How to show boundary of every layer in Gimp?

Using Gimp, I am working on a sprite image made of lots of icons, each on a separate layer. I would like to check that there is no overlap by displaying the outline of all layers. There is an option ...
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How to create a custom shaped gradient?

I have an image that I'd like to blend into another image. Using the gradient tool to draw black on a layer mask works fine, but I'm limited to just straight lines or circles. What I need is a ...
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Is there an automated, configurable way to organize many layers into a sprite sheet grid with exact pixel coordinates in Photoshop?

I have a huge grid of icons that need to be positioned so that I can write sprites out of them after I'm done. Right now, I have so many layers, it'd take me forever to click on each one ...
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Layer Comps misalign my layer masks and adjustment layers

I have encountered a problem, or at least an annoyance, with the way that "Layer Comps" work with linked layers. I understand the reason for the design choice and I am not claiming it to be a bug, ...
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Using an invert mask on one single layer

I'm stuck with this little thing, which should be extremely easy but I simply cannot achieve it the way I want it. Working with Photoshop CS5, I have a PSD with several layers, most of them being ...
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How to combine (partially scanned handwritten) comments from multiple sources into the original pdf?

When asking colleagues for feedback on a PDF, some of them prefer adding hand-written comments on its printout instead of using the pdf comment functions of acrobat/reader, and send me the scan ...
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Photoshop - Relative layer position

I've been trying to create a menu with Photoshop CS5 and I've come to realise there's probably an easier way to go about it. I've made a few menus in the past but any tiny modification seems to take ...
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How to erase part of shape in Photoshop?

I want to erase part of a rectangle but it gets erased in the way shown in the right hand image: I want to be like this:
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Where can I find the x / y coordinates for a layer in PS CS?

I need to find the x / y coordinates for each layer in my psd. I've searched through the help file and online, but I can't find the answer.
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What are good ways to handle extracting a portion , such as a logo, from a much larger PSD?

I am building web pages from a PSD. The designer just made all layers on the same size canvas which makes it harder to copy into a new layer in its intended size. What could be a good work flow to ...
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Illustrator: Disabling random layer colors?

Creating new layers automatically assigns random layer colors in the Layers Panel. Is there any workaround for having new layers assigned the same color (e.g. Red)?
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Automation of repetitive tasks in Photoshop?

Is there a way to automate some highly repetitive tasks in Photoshop? Example 1 I have a folder of images. For each of them, and I want to import each as its own layer I'd like them to be resized ...
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Keyboard Shortcut to hide selected layers in Photoshop

Similar to Illustrator, is there something like CMD + 3 that would let me hide selected layers?
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How can I split an image in several layers of same size?

I want to split this image in several layers, one for each square. Is there a way to do that?
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Photoshop - Extracting a transparent shadow from an image

I have a layer that contains a brushed metal texture. The layer has an inner shadow effect. I'd like to extract just that shadow with transparency, so I can later superpose the pure background ...
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When I turn off one layer it automatically turns off (disables) the other layer. How to disable this behavior?

I have a problem in Photoshop CC. When I turn off one layer it for some reason turns off the other layer above (disables it), which is not my goal. How to disable this behavior? Please, see the ...
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How can I quickly turn all objects of a layer to independent layers in Illustrator?

Lets suppose I have 10 objects in the root layer of my project named layer 1. Now lets suppose I quickly want to turn all those object as independent separate layers all at the root level. Is ...
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Can I choose multiple layers in Photoshop in the same manner as selecting multiple objects in MS Word?

Selecting multiple objects in MS Word is very easy. You just drag along the page and all the objects such as pictures are automatically selected. Is there the same way in Photoshop?
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Cutting a area from a circle in Sketch 3

I am having trouble on editing a specific arc from a circle. Here is what I have, which is a circle. I want it to look like this, how can I accomplish it? These are my 2 shapes. When I ...
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How to export a sequence of layers in illustrator?

I often have to modify pdf files and show them in stages. Like this: First: Second: Third: I'm currently doing it by separating each part of the plot into layers and then hiding some of ...
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How to export layers to pages of a pdf file in Photoshop CS5

I need to save each layer of my psd document as a page in a multi-page PDF file (or as a single-page PDF file each as I can combine them later). File->save as->PDF works for 1 layer at a time, but I ...
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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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Extracting layers from psd

I am a developer and working on an application whose designs I have received as a PSD file. But I am totally noob in designing. I have installed photoshop in my computer but have no idea about how to ...
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Is there a shortcut for changing the value a Layer's Fill similar to configuring its opacity

So to change a layers opacity value using the keyboard you would use the numeric keys. But being how close it is in proximity you would think there would be something similar for change a layer's ...
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Options for default layer visibility in Photoshop

So at work I have been converting a lot of PSDs to web. When I need say a background image of a box I hide everything else hide all the text and content inside of said box, select, copy merge etc. ...
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Why empty adjustment layer with blend mode multiply darken images?

I know blend mode "Multiply" means multiplying the colour (0 to 255) of its layer, with the visible underneath (0 to 255), then divided by 255, forms the resulting colour (0 to 255). As a visual ...
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Exporting Layers to Files Without Losing the Effects in Photoshop CS6

Here is the problem. I am doing this work for a company. They wanted me to clean 138 jpeg files and give them back. I opened a psd and put all the files in it. I cleaned all of them. At last, i ...
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Photoshop - missing layers while saving as pdf?

I have problems saving my photoshop file as a pdf or eps vector graphic. It wont include some of the layers and I cant see why. See screenshot below: screenshot: psd (left), pdf (right) I tried out ...
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How to apply adjustment layer to layer with effects

I usually draw buttons using shape (filled layer and shape clipping mask) and couple of layer effects. I'd like to apply Hue adjustment to it to customize button color. The problem is when I select ...
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How can I align a bunch of layers in Photoshop CS3 to a curve?

Is it possible to take a series of layers (say, icons of seats in a theatre) and align/distribute them all to a curve (so they appear as a row)? What I'm looking for is similar to "align text to ...
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How do I make sure I copy objects and paste a duplicate of it in another artboard but keep the layer the same as the artboard before?

I'm designing a website in Illustrator, and want to make multiple pages in one file using multiple artboards. So some elements need to be copied from page to page. I want to keep those elements in the ...
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Where's the 'similar layers' functions in Photoshop CC?

In previous versions it used to be under Select > Similar layers but I can't find it anymore.
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How to be sure that a layer is completely empty?

I've got a .psd file with multiple layers. Some layers "seem" empty. I say seem because I cannot see any element on them but I am not sure that there aren't some 1px elements. How can I be sure that ...
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Change the color of multiple layers at once in CS4

I apologize if this question has been answered already, I'm not experienced with Photoshop and not sure what to search for. I'm using CS4. I have a grid made up of different layers, basically like a ...
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How can I separate colors by layer in Illustrator?

I did a three-color Live Trace, and output the colors to swatches. Now I'd like to assign each of these three (spot) colors to their own layer. I'm sure this is super easy, and I'm just over-looking ...
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Illustrator won't remember layer collapse state

Running Illustrator CS5 on Mac OS 10.7 Reopening an Illustrator document expands all layers For files containing a large amount of layers, this is very irritating. Is this a general problem or just ...
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Alpha channels and effects

I tried to apply an effect to a composition, but the effect had been applied to the whole composition and not to the contents of the composition. This composition consisted of animated shape layers, ...
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How to overlap custom art brush shapes

I have a custom art brush in Illustrator that I've made from a group of shapes. I want the brush to completely overlap itself when paths cross. This is what I'm using to make the brush: After ...
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How to switch the visibility setting of two layers in a single action in Illustrator?

I am new to this forum and wanted to just say a quick hello before asking :) How do I switch the visibility setting of two layers in Illustrator without having to either see both layers visible or ...
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Difference between `Ctrl + A` and `Ctrl + Click`?

I am novice to photoshop and working on converting PSD to * HTML*. I learned that you can select a layer and Ctrl + A, and copy-paste to create a new image equal to the size of layer. I also learned ...
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GIMP: select a border in layer A and fill it in layer B

I would like to separate the fill from the shape. So, I would like to select the shape (the border of a selection) in layer A, and fill this selection with color in another layer B. Is it possible ...
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Illustrator: Why do layers and sublayers sometimes have different colors?

Not sure if it matters, but before I make some mistake that will cause a lot of work to correct afterwards: Why are some sublayers not colored like the partent-layer (see screenshot)? Are they somehow ...
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Align 2 layers in PS by similar “points”

I have two different photos from the same place. One is old from the 80's and the new one from the current time. What I'm trying to achieve is to fit the photos over each other. I'd like to align ...
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Why does Color Dodge produce different results when applied to a group of layers, compared to when applied directly to the layers themselves?

In Photoshop, I can't figure out as to why this happens. I painted with a soft round brush at 100% opacity with the color set to white and grey on a new layer. I duplicated the layer and then I put ...