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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 by 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 separate layer styles on to their own layers?

I know how to do this for all of the layer styles of a particular layer - I simply hover over any of them, right-click and click "Create Layers" from the contextual menu. Does anybody know how/if ...
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Export Photoshop layers in subfolder to individual files?

My question is an extension from this question ( Export photoshop layers to individual PNG files - batch process? ), but for some reason, I can't seem to contact any of the posters from that thread. ...
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Distributing layer position in sequence

I'm in storyboard hell. I have to place about 400 seperate images in sequence on a huge board in photoshop. So I have a 20,000 px by 10,000 px board and a load of layers which have been imported in ...
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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 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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How can I add two gradient layer styles photoshop

I made a rectangular shape. I set it's layer style to gradient overlay and the layer mode to multiply. It looks great with one layer, the one on the left. However when I make another shape and ...
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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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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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Photoshop: Switch visibility between two layers

For example, i got two adjustment layers (A and B). At last, i will only use one of them. While considering which one is better, i can compare them by turning A visible and B invisible, then A ...
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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 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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Add a new layer to a set of button icons

A designer has created (for money) a set of button icons (Facebook, Settings, ...) for me, where all buttons have the same rounded rectangle outline: Now I need to add few more buttons, for example ...
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How to place an ai file behind photoshop layer CS6 [closed]

I'm working with Photoshop and AI files, both of which are pretty new to me. When placing an AI file on my image, it creates a layer just as I would expect. However, the layer shows up in front of all ...
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How do I paste into a layer's mask in Photoshop?

When I paste Cmd+V a new layer is created instead of pasting into the layer's mask that I created. What I'm trying to do is take a black and white layer and make it the mask of a all white layer. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 select all text layers in a group

I know you can select all text layers using 'select similar layers', but is it possible to limit that selection to just the layers within a group?
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GIMP: Layer Effects: Stroke

I'm trying to add a border around a rounded rectangle using the layer effects stroke tool (I've found that the stroke selection never looks very good for my purposes). The problem is that the corners ...
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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 does it mean to compress a layer in photoshop?

Im trying to follow this tutorial here http://www.psdvault.com/drawing/create-awesome-abstract-nebula-circle-shape-in-photoshop/ And it says Compress this layer to a very thins strip What ...
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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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Importing spreadsheet data as layers into Adobe Illustrator

I have a spreadsheet with a TON of content that I need to import to layers via Illustrator. I have several columns that need to be imported for some business cards. So for instance name, email, phone, ...
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Auto crop layer in Photoshop

I've been googling this subject and also searched in this forum, all I found were posts about removing semi transparent pixels, ie. not what I have a problem with. Basically, I've added a layer to my ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to change the layer visibility (eye) icons to be more readable, in Photoshop Elements 11?

In previous versions of Photoshop Elements, the eye icon appeared as opened or closed to indicate a layer's visibility. In Photoshop Elements 11, the layer's visibility is only indicated by a diagonal ...
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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 to Apply lighting effect for the shape in photoshop

i want to apply lighting effects for that shape.but before applying it. It is asking to rasterize the layer....can't we apply the effects directly to shape?
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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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How can I convert Point Text to Paragraph and Vice Versa in photoshop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Turning a text “string” into a text “block” in Photoshop CS6? Here we know that there are two texting modes in PSE - "single-line" and "paragraph". The problem is how ...
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What is the different ways in Photoshop to copy the remaining layers and create a new document?

Basically when someone gives me a PSD that has a bunch of copy and other things that I need to quickly strip off to use the background on a web page. What are the fastest ways to clear that and start ...
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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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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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What is the point of making a background layer go transparent and renaming it in Photoshop?

I've seen this convention a lot but I don't really understand the use for it - or for a solid background layer at all, to be honest. I'd be very grateful if someone could explain why each new project ...
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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 ...