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

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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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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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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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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 rename multiple selected layers in Photoshop CC?

I was searching this for a while, but didn't find a proper answer. Does anybody know how to rename multiple selected layers at the same time? Any help will be appreciated. Thanx!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I remove colors applied to a topographical map?

For a project involving a client-supplied map (clip below) I need to be able to turn colored layers on and off. The client, however, supplied a flat image and vector outlines for the color regions, ...
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How do I copy a layer with its applied effects?

How do I copy a layer in Photoshop in the traditional method of selecting an area and CtrlC while maintaining the layer and it's applied effects? I don't want to drag and drop the layer; I prefer the ...
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photoshop cs5 export layers to files issue

Hey i dont ussually work with photoshop, but i have many layers that i need make as PNG. I run that script, uncheck "visible layers only". And what i see in output folder is very weird. Its total ...
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What workarounds exist for the lack of Layer Styles in Photoshop Elements 10?

Since Elements doesn't have the per-layer Blending Options feature, I'm wondering how other Elements users deal with this restriction. Edit: this question was originally posted on ...
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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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Opening multiple files as layers in a single image in Elements?

In Elements (I'm using version 9 for Mac), is there a single operation that will let me open a bunch of files as one image, with each file as a layer in that image? If I were using GIMP, for example, ...
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Photoshop - Multiple layer styles of the same type

I want to style a layer with layer styles in Photoshop. The problem is that I want to add multiple inner drop shadows. I saw that you can do Right Click > Rasterise Layer Style, but then I can't ...
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Help me optimize this Photoshop process (create image from layer)

What's the fastest way to create an image from a layer in Photoshop? The resulting canvas size has to have the same size than the contents of the layer. Currently I do the following: Hide all other ...
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Illustrator: All objects in same layer (or in sublayers)

I need sometimes re-edit Illustrator files made by somebody else and i have noticed that all objects are in same layer and it's sublayers. Elements might be also combined with each others (texts are ...
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How to export multiple layers as an single image file? [PSD]

I am a web developer that was given a PSD file (a web page design) that I need to convert to XHTML/CSS. In the psd file, the logo is a group of multiple layers, each layer representing an element of ...
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How to go to layer of currently selected object in Illustrator?

Say there are hundreds of unnamed layers in an Illustrator artboard. How do you just click one of those objects and reveal what layer it is on? And change to that 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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What is it called when you place text over an image?

For example, in this album cover: Is the text "imposed" over the image? What is the right word for placing one layer of design on top of another?
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How to have numerous text items on one layer in Gimp?

I'm making a map in Gimp. I want to have the following layers: background cities rivers mountains So I want, say, 30 cities on one layer so that I can turn it off and on. However, every time I ...
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Best Practice : Adobe Illustrator Layer Setup

I've worked in Illustrator for years... not professionally. I'm starting to charge for my services, and started wondering. I've taken an Illustrator class at my local college, and designed hundreds of ...
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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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Is there a way to get the equivalent of a color in different blending modes?

I have to make a button with some shadows using HTML/CSS and I've been provided with a PSD file, which has a shape of the button and some effects applied to it. One of the effects is an inner shadow. ...
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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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Xcode Dock Icon Shadow Effect

I'm attempting to replicate the drop shadow effect used by Xcode for it's dock icon. Specifically, the shadow around the blue square. It seems to be some mixture of outer-glow, drop-shadow and stroke, ...
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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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Restrict movement of layer in Photoshop CS6

Is there a way to block the movement of a layer in photoshop and still be able to do editing in the same layer?
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Toggle Illustrator Layer visibility?

I am looking for a way, preferably one that can be triggered via keyboard shortcut, to both toggle the current layer to visible/hidden and to be able to toggle a specifically-named layer ...
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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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Copying layer comp positioning in Photoshop CS

I'm designing a iOS interface that had some last minute changes to the tab bar (across the bottom) and many of the screens had already been set up as Photoshop Layer Comps maintaining visibility, ...
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Illustrator: Renaming <Group> and <Compound Path> layers or not?

It may very well be a subjective question, but, is it a good habit not to rename <Group> and <Compound Path> layers? My main hesitation of doing so is that I loose track of what it is. ...
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GIMP: 'move layer' stops working

I'm having intermittent problems with GIMP, where the 'move layer' command suddenly stops working. The mouse pointer changes to the one below: When I make an explicit selection, e.g. CTRL-A on a ...
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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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What does linking in adjustment layers do?

Adjustment layers can have their mask linked to the adjustment, and two or more adjustment layers can be linked to each other. Two different things here and I can't conceptually understand what ...
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Indesign question about layers on objects or texts

So i haven't used InDesign in years. I'm a little embarrassed to ask this but I'd rather just find out on this site instead of taking an hour to figure it out. I would like to add layers to a shape ...
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How can i add contrasted lines from a layer to another?

Hi i have this layer : And this layer : And what i want to do is add those black lines to the red layer but i dont want the white parts , how can i do this ?