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

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How to apply, blend or overlay a texture or pattern image to a layer in Photoshop?

I've got a grunge texture JPEG that I downloaded from Premium Pixels that looks like this: and a text layer on a black background. I want to blend or overlay the image file to create a worn-out, ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Determine distance between two layers in Photoshop

I have a Photoshop document with several small layers replicated in a vertical stack, each a fixed distance apart. I want to add another copy to the bottom of the stack, the same distance as the other ...
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Why can I not align these two elements?

I am trying to align a text layer to the vector mask directly below it - the top two elements displayed in the Layers Panel in the below image. For some reason, with both layers selected - although ...
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How can I paint with 90% opacity over existing areas on a layer mask without increasing the opacity?

I often run into this frustrating problem when using layer masks. I have a layer to which I have added a layer mask. Now I select a black brush and paint over it with 90% opacity to hide that part of ...
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How to link [and reuse] layers?

I have been using Photoshop/Illustrator for about 6 years or so now. I never really learned from official resources, nor did I attend a course which would have taught me how to use the Creative Suite ...
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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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Why can't I arrange layers in illustrator?

I'm working on a design with layered text. I want to have a word on top of another and when I select the layer and go to arrange > bring to front it won't do it. I've tried sending the rest of the ...
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How do I quickly hide all layers except selected one?

In Photoshop, how does all layers in the project are hide except selected one..for example if there is 10 layers are there in my project. i need one layer should be visible and remaining 9 layers ...
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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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How do I use a RGB image/layer with a Greyscale image/layer?

I'm using Photoshop CS4 and have a project where I'm using a layer/section of brushed chrome and another adjacent layer/section in charcoal carbon fiber (pattern) background. On the CF layer, I'm ...
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Develop a tool for inserting text/image in a photoshop file

I'm trying to develop a simple tool for translators who don't have Photoshop but I can't find any library that supports layers. I need to open the PSD file, translate the text layer and save it as ...
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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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Import .png files into separate layers of a PSD file?

Is it possible to import a batch of .png files into a PSD, such that each imported .png is in a separate layer?
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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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Find all PS layers that contain “something” at selected point?

It feels like this should be a Photoshop feature (every point in a layer is either present or "absent", right?), but I can't seem to locate it. Suppose I have the usual many-many layers, and they're ...
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After making a selection float in GIMP, how to move it in a straight vertical or horizontal direction?

I am doing kerning manually in GIMP, i.e. trying to move letters closer to each other, but my hand movements are not exact enough on my mouse so whenever I move a layer to the left or right, it also ...
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Beginner question: how do I use the “move tool” in Gimp without moving the entire Layer?

I typed a short piece of text in GIMP, then I want to fix the kerning manually so I want to move the letters closer to each other. But when I select the "move" tool and click on the appropriate part ...
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Every shape I create in Illustrator CC is going at the back of the layer

I have been working for a while with Illustrator CC, and suddenly this strange behavior. Every time I create a new shape, Illustrator locates it at the back of the layer instead of the top. This is ...
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Script iterating through layers stops halfway

I'm trying to iterate through every layer in a document and for some reason my script only goes through the first half (13 out of 25) and then at 14 it says that the element doesn't exist. Could you ...
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How to save layers individually that can still interact with each other outside of photoshop?

What I am trying to do is to move a png of semi-transparent gradient above another png of a box in it within a video editor. So imagine the first gradient slowly moving to the left on top of the box, ...
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What is the difference between these two layer thumbnail types?

What is the difference between the two layer thumbnail types pictured: Vs. How do I bring about the second, if the first is currently appearing whenever I create a new Shape Layer, for example? ...
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How can I arrange layers 'forward and backward' in Adobe products?

In Adobe products are there any shortcut keys to move layers forward and backward instead of dragging layers up and down in the palette to arrange them?
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Can I blend layers by formula with brackets?

I have 4 layers (A, B, C, D) which I wish to blend by the following formula (A xor B) plus (C xor D). Is it possible to accomplish this in Photoshop? I am a newbie and found that layer can only ...
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Creating a time-lapse effect image from multiple exposures

I am trying to create a single image from multiple photographs taken with the continuous shooting mode on my camera. The images are of a person jumping over a gap in some rocks. What I would like to ...
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Export layers to PNG files, with their layer sizes with Photoshop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Exporting layers in Photoshop I have a psd file with 30-40 layers. I would like to export these into PNG files, since I need the transparent background. I have tried ...
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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 achieve special effect with layers in Paint.NET?

I am more a developer and not a graphic designer, and because I really don't do this kind of stuff often (more like once in two years or so) I don't want spend a lot of money on tools i'm not going to ...
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Distribute a stack of elements to a grid of elements?

I have dragged and dropped about 30 png's into a psd document so that they're each in a separate layer but laying on top of each other. I now wonder if anyone knows of a nifty trick or script to ...
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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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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 - ...
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Photoshop Drag Deselect?

Is there an easy way to drag deselect layers using auto-select? I often use drag select to select layers, but often this ends up select other layers that happen to partially overlap. I'd like to be ...
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Is there a way to show areas not covered by any layers in GIMP?

Does The GIMP have some sort of function to highlight areas of the background where that are not overlapped by any layers? I'm making a sprite for CSS, and I have a lot of pics with different sizes. ...
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How can I fix screenshots with subpixel rendering?

When taking a screenshot of some text with subpixel rendering, the result is very ugly, especially in print. Obviously, the best way to avoid this is to deactivate that option before taking the ...
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Disable link to copied smart objects

I have several smart objects I want to duplicate and preserve the layer style. However, when I modify one of the objects it also changes every copied smart object to match the modified one. Is there ...
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Slicing a flat bitmap in Fireworks, exporting each slice with full canvas size and transparent background

I have a large image that I want to cut up in to 25px * 25px squares. I haven't used web slices before created a square slice, copy/pasted it in all the places I needed it, then selected them all and ...
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How to get in Isolation Mode from Layers panel in Illustrator?

The most known way to get into Isolation Mode in Adobe Illustrator is a double-clicking on the image. Nonetheless, is there a way I can get into this mode from the Layers panel?
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How to create new image from a group of layers of the exact size as the biggest layer extends? (Cropping in photoshop)

I am trying to crop an element in photoshop and I want to make sure it is perfect. I have a PSD that has many web elements that are grouped together nicely. I want to create a new image with the same ...
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How do I keep the same opacity level to a vector shape using pen tool

I have been using the pen tool for more than 8 years already, but when I started using CS6, I have lots of difficulties using the pen tool. I use the pen tool for vector portraits and I need to use ...
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How does one put a rectangular picture inside a round hole in another picture

I have a picture where I have already removed an inner oval portion with the Quick Selection tool. (Am using Photoshop Elements 6.0). I'd like to insert another picture, which is a background, into ...
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Remove “padding” around layer similar to Image->Trim with PS CS5

I used the selection tool to drag part of one image onto another image in a new layer. That layer has a "padding" (not sure what else to call it) of about 75 transparent pixels around the image. I'm ...
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Photoshop: Layers disappearing when select lower layer

I am using Photoshop CS5 and am encountering an odd issue: I have simply layer A sitting on top of layer B. When I select layer B, layer A becomes invisible. The visable/non-visable icon (the eye) ...
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Copying layer from photoshop (linked mask layers?)

I downloaded a PSD from http://iconsweets.com/ The PSD has several icons, each on its own layer. I think they use linked layer masks or something, but I can't figure out how to copy just one icon to ...
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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 ...