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

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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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Photoshop, duplicate layer order down (instead of up)

I'm working with Photoshop for over 10 years already but can't find this simple thing: When I'm creating repeatable objects I always duplicate folders and work my way from up to the bottom. When ...
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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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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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How to scale the alpha layer without scaling the image ? gimp

I am trying to write text which larger than the image itself, as you can see in the bellow picture: but gimp doesn't show the complete text, because the alpha layer is smaller than the text size. ...
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Selecting The bottom layer Photoshop (Shortcut)

Is there a shortcut (+click) to select a bottom layer that is fully behind a top layer in photoshop. Ex (PSD attached): I would like to select the green circle without jumping to layers panel. ...
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Photoshop: How to duplicate a layer below the original layer

I use Alt + Shift to duplicate a layer, however, the layer always gets created above the layer I'm duplicating. How can I duplicate it and have the layer automatically go below the layer I'm ...
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Drag layers between tab-docked documents in Photoshop

Using Photoshop CC (on Windows), I sometimes need to drag layers from one document to another. When the documents are tab-docked, I expected to be able to drag the layer over the tab and have have it ...
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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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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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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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How to make layer from object immediately in illustrator cc? [closed]

I was wondered if I can make a layer from selected object in illustrator directly? instead of creating a new layer then grab the 'path' from the previous layer to make it a new layer. any shortcut ...
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GIMP Add touch-up layer after adding curves layer (and other layers)

Suppose I add several layers in GIMP to make various adjustments such as color corrections and burning/dodging. Once the image generally looks good, I then wish to non-destructively (i.e., without ...
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Can I key in the amount I want a layer to be moved in Photoshop?

I know I'm able to Cmd/Ctrl+T a layer in Photoshop CC and drag the layer and it will say how many pixels it's moved in a specific direction, but is there a way to just type the pixel distance into a ...
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Group and simplify about 10 k sublayers?

I have a map (exported from some GIS-program) to a PDF with several thousands sublayers. The problem is that the simplified map layers on top of the layers hierarchy are probably just a smaller ...
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GIMP - how to fold all layers in list?

I am working a lot with 3rd person PSDs in GIMP. They usually contain a lot of layers and by default they are all unfolded in layer tree window. How could I collapse all layers so I will only see ...
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Indesign: hide text in image caption to be inserted into list of figures (TOC)

InDesign CS6: I have a large document with images, they have captions, and I have generated a table of content for these images ("list of figures" not to be confused with the document TOC). What I ...
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Photoshop Text Layer is Locked and I did not Lock it [closed]

In Adobe Photoshop 7 I cannot move my text layers around because I get the pop up telling me it cannot complete my request because the layer is locked. I did not put a lock on the layer. I'm ...
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GIMP Scaling Groups of layer masks

Using GIMP it's possible to link a number of layers together and scale them together. However I have about 5 layers each with a layer mask that fit together - I would like to scale these together with ...
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How to copy layers template in Adobe Illustrator

I've created a layers template with 5 layers which I will be using on 160 different lease plans. How do I copy the template onto each LP to avoid recreating each layer from scratch?
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Export a PSD to compressed and transparent TIF files with only one layer

I have several packshot images inside a group (with a mask to have a transparent background) and a shadow layer at the bottom. Is there any way to export all images in TIF files with only one layer ...
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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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How Can I View Applied Filters in Gimp

I would like to see the filters that are applied to a (text or image) layer in GIMP. Is this possible? Thanks in advance
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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 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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Select all text layers in Photoshop CS6

Before, one could select all text layers by selecting any text layer then Select> Similar layers is this gone is cs6? (see img below) If so, how can I do this now?
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GIMP: how to create a collage where the photos can be repositioned within frames?

I'm trying to create a collage with 3 photos in GIMP, and I want to be able to reposition the images within each frame, not just crop them to fit the frames. Here is a sketch of what I want it to look ...
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What effects do Photoshop layers have on preflighting a PDF for print?

I've created PDF files with Photoshop, then combined them to create a 16 page PDF. Photoshop's colour profile is set to SWOP (Newsprint), with Total Ink Limit set to 235%. Depending on how I save the ...
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How do you use a non-alpha channel selection with basic paint tools?

Get your selection > Save to channel > Set channel as selection How do you use things like pen, paintbrush, fill, exc. at this point? When I go to use them they are in my edit history but I don't ...
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How to recreate a common startup trend — tinted background image

I'm trying to create a design for a startup I'm involved with where there's a background image that's been tinted by a colour. Examples of what I'm looking to recreate include the background header ...
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anchor a floating selection to multiple layers in GIMP?

I'm making an animated GIF using layers in GIMP. I have an image of an equation that I want to put on the same place in each frame. I tried opening the equation in GIMP, and then copy and pasting it ...
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Gradient style for each shape in one layer

I am seeking how to apply an Overlay Gradient style on a layer containing multiple shapes, in a way that each shape has his own gradient (not sharing the layer style to the merged shapes). For now, ...
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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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Export layers to files sized according to content of layer

Sorry for the confusing title. What I did was scan 3-4 photos at a time and then crop those photos into new layers per scan and then I combined them all into one .psd file. So what I have now are ...
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How to Add Top Adjustment Layer to All Images in Photoshop?

I've got a dozen layers or so in my .psd and I am trying to Export Layers to Files..., However, when exported, I want the top adjustment layer to take effect on every image. My layers look a little ...