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

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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 ...
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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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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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GIMP: How to apply a mask to multiple layers?

I'm new to GIMP, so I'm having trouble accomplishing the following: I want to apply the same layer mask to all of my layers without having to merge them. If this is not possible, the end result ...
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How can I combine two colored textures so that the final image is blended to match a specific lighting setup

I have been working on using Blender Cycles to bake textures but it renders very slowly so I have to render at low resolutions. This is fine for the indirect diffuse lighting but really makes a mess ...
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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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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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Photoshop - Eraser tool - how do you edit multiple layers at once?

Is there anyway to use the Eraser tool on more then one layer at once? my question stems from a project I'm working on where i am cleaning up a scan of an architectural drawing. The Architect has ...
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How to set default PS layer to be transparent

My work has been using CS3 for far to long so I finally got them to upgrade to the CC suite. This has been great but I only have one problem. I can't remember how to change the default PS layer to be ...
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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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Does something similar to Photoshop “Smart objects” exist also in Illustrator? [duplicate]

The scenario is: I´m creating a catalogue listing page for a website and i´m working with AI, is possible to replicate the single listing element in a way that allows to apply the changes i do in ...
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Dark Transparent overlay [duplicate]

Can someone help me, I'm trying to recreate the effect in the image on other photos. It has a dark transparent layer over the image. Can seem to create this same effect.
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How to quickly move one layer to a different group in large Photoshop files, without dragging?

Large website design with many, many layers. Need a way to move one element to the new designated group without dragging forever in the layers palette.
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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 do I delete all white pixels from several layers?

I have a photoshop file with over a hundred layers. Each of these layers have white backgrounds. I need to remove all of these #FFFFFF pixels automatically. I'm not worried about the actual content ...
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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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Adobe Photoshop - How to turn text into a “hole” in a layer, so I will see the background through it.

Okay, this should be super easy to do but I just can't find the way. I have a background image with a solid colour layer on top of it, and I would like to add text on top of everything in such a way ...
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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 copy a layer group to another image in GIMP?

In GIMP I have 2 images with exact same size and properties but different layers. Now I have a relatively large layer group, which I would like to copy to the other image. As usual I copy and paste ...
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Why isn't color burn working on a layer style in Photoshop?

I have a layer with a blending option set to Color Burn and opacity under 91%. It's called Layer 7 is my screenshots. If I download a jpeg of a solid color of red, and put it behind this layer, the ...
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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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How to isolate layer effects into their own layer

I've put some nice effects on a layer in Photoshop, and the effect is repeated across several layers. Now, I have to cut it up for the web, and I want to be efficient with how I display the effect. ...
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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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Keep one layer always on top of the rest?

Is there a script/plugin that could make one layer appear always on top? I am busy with a website design and I created some safe zones which I like to have on top at all times. However, now when I ...
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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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How to group objects from Illustrator Layer menu?

How do you select and group multiple layers swiftly in Illustrator? Obviously you can tick them one by one and group after that but I am looking way for grouping layers selected between two shift + ...
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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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Automating Export Layers to Files

I have many .psd files that each contain 2+ layers that I need to export as layers. For a single psd fileD I can use: File > Scripts > Export Layers To Files ... However if I use this script (in a ...
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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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Separate each letter of a text to its own layer

I feel like there is a simple solution but I can't find it basically what the title says. I select the text and select release to layers (sequence) and nothing happens or just creates a new layer ...
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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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Gimp, how can I find the positions of a layer?

I need to find the x / y positions for each layer. I've googled but I can't find the answer.
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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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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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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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Inkscape: how to manage sets of layers

I am using Inkscape to create some wireframes/click throughs. I would like a way toggle the visibility of groups/sets of layers. For example, lets say I define the following sets: Group 1 - ...