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

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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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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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should i apply the layer mask on the layer i've been working on before closing it?

I'm working on an artwork I did by hand for an invitation, cleaning it up in Photoshop... When I finish editing, should I apply the layer mask on the layer I've been working on before closing it? (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I “un-activate” the active layer in GIMP?

I like to use GIMP with the show layer boundary setting on so that when I'm working with a layer a dashed border appears around it. However, once I am finished working with the layer - and I'd ...
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Can somone explain the layer target icon?

In the Illustrator layer pallete, somtimes the layer target icon is filled in, and somtimes not. Can somone explain to me what the difference is?
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How to make parallel curves in photoshop CS6?

I want to replicate this picture, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how can I make identical parallel curves. Can someone with better skills give me a little help? I tried making curves with ...
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Re-link a mask to its layer

How to a re-link a layer mask to its layer? I have unlinked a mask from its layer so I can feely move the image affected separate from the mask. Now, I would like to re-link them so I may move both ...
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How can I reopen my psd file and view the layers?

I saved my work as a jpg from photoshop but now i need to make edits to the file. How can I view th layers again in photoshop? I need to add a complete da
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Disable floating layer mechanism in GIMP

GIMP applies a floating layer whenever I paste content into a document. Unlike Photoshop, this requires me to create a new layer each time which is an annoyingly contrived and confusing process. How ...
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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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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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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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Match the brightness on X layers at once in Photoshop

I have a collection of 142 partially overlapping images, taken on a grid with a microscope. I've had to go through some pain to patch them all together as the automated software packages seemed to ...
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PS How to change one shape and effect all of them?

I have a personal project in Photoshop, just wonder if I can change a shape (eg. hands of a human or a body or a head) and effect all the shape which have hands but they are in a different layers. Is ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I flatten pixel layers in Affinity Designer?

Getting to grips with Affinity Designer by drawing a simple 16x16 pixel favicon, I've ended up with 5 pixel layers. I'm looking for a "flatten" function to squash them back into a single layer but I ...
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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 it'...
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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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Export layers in photoshop with levels applied

I have the following sequence of 35 layers within Photoshop CC 2015: I'm using Files > Export > Layers to Files to save the images as JPEGS. Unfortunately, the levels are not being applied to each ...
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Is there a way to 'arrange' anchor points within a single shape?

In the image below, my problem is shown; I want to tangle two shapes. I had hoped that arranging individual anchor points would be the solution, but that is not the case. Is is possible to make it '...
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Trying to punch a hole in the white circle [closed]

I cannot punch a hole in the white circle, even when I create a layer and hide it. What should I do? See here: