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

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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.
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Search for layers by name in inkscape

Pressing Ctrl+f in the layer window shows a popup in the same window. It looks like a search dialog but it doesn't work. Does anyone know how to search for layers by name in inkscape ?
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Remove substracted paths from shape layers and combine into one shape layer

I'm creating a wi-fi icon in Photoshop, using three circles and subtracted paths. Now I need to remove the subtracted area and combine the three shape layers into one shape layer without rasterizing. ...
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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 can I remove some portion of my background base on other layer?

I know very little when it comes to design. I have 2 layers - a text on top of a background. result How can I delete/take-off the shape of my layer 1 out of my layer 0 ?
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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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Dark Transparent overlay

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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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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Select layer in Photoshop with layer effects

I need a way to get at the dimensions of a Photoshop layer with their layer effects. All methods I can find (such as command/control-clicking the layer thumbnail) only select the base layer and never ...
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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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Possible to select all visible layers in Photoshop?

Is it possible to select all visible layers in Photoshop, perhaps using a script? I see no way to do so in the Photoshop menu items.
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How to convert Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to Photoshop (.psd) without having Adobe Illustrator installed

I want to convert an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) to an equivalent Photoshop (.psd), preserving layers, text and so on. I would like to know if there is something like imagemagick to do this, because ...
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In Photoshop, what is the quickest way to find a specific layer when there are many?

I'm working on cutting up a web design template and this has bugged me for years. On my psd file I have a bunch of layers and I want to crop out the arrow icon without anything in the background ...
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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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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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Hidden Illustrator layers

I cannot find what I believe are hidden layers in a piece I am doing in Illustrator. Can someone please tell me how I might find layers that are hidden?
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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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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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How to change index image to background image in Photoshop

I have recently opened some images and in the layers palette, instead of saying "background" it says "Index". I have been unable to figure out why it says "index" and cannot do anything to the image ...
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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 to split into multiple layers when you've accidentally drawn two layers worth of material onto one layer?

I drew two separate objects in Photoshop that are meant to be on different layers, but I drew them on the same layer. They do not overlap right now, but I can't seem to figure out how to separate ...
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Gimp: Copy layer 1 to layer 2's mask

Pretty straight forward question, say in Gimp I have an image with 2 layers in question, one is temporary, I want to use it as the mask for the other. How can I transfer a layer into the mask of ...
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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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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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How can I export sublayers to png in Adobe illustrator? [duplicate]

A designer did a design for me. It is in Adobe illustrator. In order to write my program, I need to export sublayers one by one to .png files. How can I do that?
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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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Apply an overlay layer to a single layer, and then adjust the result of that?

So I just purchased the CS5.5 Master Collection, I'm an enthusiast :) I have a question pertaining to blending layers and applying adjustments in Photoshop. How do I apply an adjustment layer to a ...
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Trying to reduce the area a layer can bee seen in After effects

I'm creating a UI animation for a phone. I've got it so the menu transitions slowly moves in from the side. However as you can see the menu can be seen coming in from outside of the screen like the ...
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Photoshop copy/paste make layers change

I have a transparent layer with a ball for example, no effects, filters or anything like that. When I duplicate the layer with alt+click, it looks like it is applying a sharpen filter and that effect ...
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How can I resize a layer's content now that I have paths in my image?

I'm learning how to use Photoshop's pen tool. Now that I have a path in my PSD, I'm having trouble dealing with my unrelated layers. For example, I select a layer on the layer palette, then when I try ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Ai: How do I apply a layer's layer style (eg shadow) only to the object or group below it?

So if I want the shadow for the blue hat to only fall on the face, and not blur out onto the background etc, is there any simple-ish way to do this?
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More photoshop layer tag colors?

Whenever I use larger documents with multiple layers I always run into the problem of not having enough colors to label my layers. Is there a way to get more colors for these labels? I've searched ...
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How to export layers to pages of a pdf file in Photoshop CS5

I need to save each layer of my psd document as a page in a multi-page PDF file (or as a single-page PDF file each as I can combine them later). File->save as->PDF works for 1 layer at a time, but I ...