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

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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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Is possible to duplicate 2 o more layers at a time in GIMP?

I made a design with 7 layers, and now I have to do another one very similar but with different attributes (text, color, size,etc). I know I can duplicate each layer, but can I duplicate 2 or more of ...
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In Photoshop CC: “edit/transform” instead of edit/transform path"

In Photoshop CC (latest update), how do I change back to just "edit/transform" instead of "edit/transform path"? I have never had this happen before, and when I go to transform a layer, I get an error ...
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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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Copy Paste multiple Illustrator layers into Photoshop for individual editing?

I have a world map in Illustrator with a layer for each individual country. I want to copy and paste all layers into photoshop so that I can edit the colour blend for each individual country. I do not ...
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How to create blur on an empty layer in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a sort sort of semitransparent blur filter image that I can use over some backgrounds on a website. But Photoshop doesn't let me to do so on an empty layer. Is there a work ...
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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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How do I apply a Photoshop filter to fixed parts of an image?

I have screenshots in multiple languages. Some (50) parts of the screenshot are private. I would like to use crystalize filter to pixelate those parts out. All screenshots have these private parts :) ...
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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 ?
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Multiple Duplicated Layers in Photoshop like Illustrator

Is there a way to duplicate layers in Photoshop, similar to Illustrator? In Photoshop & Illustrator you can use the select tool and press the alt key to move and duplicate a layer. But in ...
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Layer blending settings that turns greyscale value into transparency (subtracting lower layers)

I have a photoshop file with many layers. I would like to put one layer on top where I can draw transparency, so that full white (or black) is rendered as 100% alpha, so it subtracts all the layers ...
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Vector mask adjustment layer in Photoshop

I'm working on a calendar. I have a grid of rectangle shapes that outline the days. I'm trying to make a different adjustment layer for each day applied to a background. It's basically working ...
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Making GIF in GIMP from set of PNG's, resulting in the screen filled with all layers

I have imported a set of PNG'S as layers by calling FILE > OPEN AS LAYERS And I get the result: All the layers are oddly cascaded on top of each other So when I got to export it, I get this: ...
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Why can't I fill a selection with color using GIMP?

I am quite new to GIMP. I created some text and set it along a path. I created a selection with the same shape as my text. If I try to fill this selection with a color (Cmd. or Cmd,) GIMP appears to ...
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Selecting individual layers in Photoshop

Hi :) Does anyone know if there is a way to select individual layers on a canvas in Photoshop without having to select it in the layer window first? I know I've done it before but I can't remember if ...
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Photoshop: How do I create a new layer from a shape that I wish to draw?

When I try to draw a shape, I can't seem to get it to create a new layer, but rather it always goes on the layer that I already have selected. How do I create a new layer from a shape that I wish to ...
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Reverse layer positions from a layer group (batch)

Do you know how can I create batch script in Photoshop that reverses the position of all the layers inside a layer group? I have like 400 layer groups, each with 1-20 layers like this: Group 1 - ...
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Cannot find the file type png-24 using export layers script in Photoshop CS3

When choosing File > Scripts > Export Layers to Files.. in Photoshop CS3, why can't I select a png format (png-8 or png-24)? I cannot trim layers using any of this. :(
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Layers referencing in Photoshop CS5 (12)?

I have two layers L1 and L2. I want to make layer L3 to copy L1 and L2 every time when they modifed. L3 may contains some filtering and every time when I modify L1 or L2 my L3 must recopy modified ...
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Blur part of image in PAINT.NET

I have a simple problem. I have an image with text (as image). I want to blur this text. I think I did it before but it is not working the way I am doing. Create a new layer, draw a rectangle on ...
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How to extract a blended layer from its background

I often get PSD assets that have layers with blending modes that end up blending them into a background layer. I'm trying to figure out of there is any way to cleanly extract these layers from the ...
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Photoshop: possible to select hidden layers via keyboard shortcut?

I use the Option + [ and ] keyboard shortcuts to select layers in Photoshop's layers panel, but it skips hidden layers. Is it possible at all to select these via the keyboard?
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Why does my PSD file contain only one layer after saving a project from Photoshop?

I have saved a brochure for print and because of the file size issues I saved my original Photoshop file as a PDF without Photoshop editing capabilities. Then I applied some changes and saved as ...
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Photoshop CS 6 - Multiple shapes, same layer, different colors

Does anyone how I can change the color of a single shape, that is in the same layer of another shape, in Photoshop CS 6? The default behavior of changing colors seems to change the color of all shapes ...
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Restore Photoshop Text Layer Name Auto-Updating?

Text layers in Photoshop will auto-update the layer name with the text content of the layer unless you manually edit the layer name in the layers panel. Then it retains the manually entered layer ...
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Quickly correct mismatched tone or color between stitched and merged layers in PS?

Imagine you have a panorama photo, stitched together from multiple pics, and it's already been merged into one JPEG. Each pic had a slightly different brightness/color/tone. So you can see obvious ...
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AI - Adding properties to layers

I am exporting my image from AI as html and would like it to stay centered on the canvas as the browser changes size. I heard that you can add attributes to the layer by changing the name of the ...
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How can I create and batch this 3d planes effect?

I am originally a programmer, so I don't have much experience in Photoshop. I have always wondered how to display all layers as multiple 3D-planes (see below). Do I have to use a plugin or macros? I ...
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Sketch - Export layers and keep the layer size?

So, I have my layers and when I go to File > Add Slices For Selection to slice the images and then export. They are coming out with the wrong size, if you take the star, it has a width of 40px on ...
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Are there slice compositions similar to layer compositions?

Photoshop offers the feature of layer compositions. I can store different layer states within them and easily switch between them. In one, a certain layer is invisible and vice versa. Yet once I ...
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Export photoshop layers programatically to individual pngs of different sizes

Hi there I'm trying to export all of the layers in my .psd to .pngs/.jpegs and I am having trouble exporting them so that the sizes of the individual .pngs are the size of the image they contain. I ...
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Photoshop - Hiding layers for exporting slices

I want to set certain layers to be hidden when exporting a slice. More specifically, I have a banner slice with a headline within it. On the actual HTML page, that headline is actual text displayed ...
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Forcing transparency on layers below

I am pretty new at Gimp, so not sure if this is possible at all. Let's say I have two lines like this, and I give the impression one line is on top of the other by clipping at the intersection, like ...
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How to take a drawn grid and essentially rotate in the z-plane?

I'm very new at graphic design, so my apologies if this is a very basic question :) I have access to Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1. I have a series of grids that are currently flat on the 2d cartesian ...
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Photoshop — convert 'overlay' layer to normal

I have 2 layers: first layer is just regular layer with some graphics, and second layer has additional graphics which are on top of the first and it has blending mode set to "Overlay". What I need is ...
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Toggle visibility of only one of a group of layers?

I have 5 layers in a group in Photoshop that represent five states of an app screen. Only one would be shown at a time. Is there a way to get Photoshop so that it only solo's one of the five in the ...
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Adobe Illustrator - Masking using layers with stroke?

I'm working with Google Maps in making a campus map comprised of a number of tile overlays. Two of these overlays- accessibility (paths) and parking- are layered under other elements (with strokes) ...
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Affect mutliple layers in gimp

Is it possible to apply things like brightness/contrast or hue saturation, or even filters to more than one layer at a time in gimp.
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How to use Layer Comps in photoshop

Recently I've come to know about Layer comps. They are great way to create and save multiple variations of a document without having multiple files. Can anyone explain how to use/create them? How do ...
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Photoshop - adjustment layer to change colors of multiple layers?

I remember I opened a PSD file which did this. It had like 4 hidden "adjustment" layers, each for a specific color, and all the elements that used a certain color were being changed depending on ...
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Why can I create layers, but not layer groups in the indexed color mode in gimp?

I'm making some pixel art in gimp and I so I figured I should use the indexed color mode since I won't be using very many colors. About halfway through my project I realized that I wanted to be able ...
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Illustrator: lock/unlock current layer via keyboard shortcut?

Is it possible to toggle the locked/unlocked state of the current layer via keyboard shortcut? I'd love to be able to toggle show/hide for layers as well.