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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Exporting multi layered Illustrator to Photoshop

Is there a way to export large multi-layered Illustrator file to Photoshop? When I export with preserve layers and text edit-ability, the complex layers are flattened. I've reorganized my layers to ...
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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 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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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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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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Saving a layer to png in Adobe Illustrator

I am new to Adobe Illustrator. I want to save the header layer to a png for a web background. I get close, but always have a white border around the graphic. I am thinking there should be an easier ...
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Illustrator - Breaking up compacted layers

New to Illustrator. When I open an ai CC file in CS6, all layers are compacted into one layer. How can I break it up into the original individual layers? How should I be saving my work to prevent ...
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Multiple Layers in PDF

I've created a page using Inkscape and I exported it to PDF. The image has about 5 layers. The image is fine when I open it using preview - I can see all of the layers. However when I upload the ...
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Opacity and Fill started to behave differently

I always assumed that when used on a layer that is set to normal, with no layer styles applied. For example if I have a white (brightness 100%) background and a black foreground (brightness 0%) and ...
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Inkscape scripting: how to show / hide a layer and export?

I have a cartoon with multiple layers; among those layers I have a German and an English layer. They have the text in their respective languages. The idea is to hide the German layer and show the ...
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color shift when duplicating layers in photoshop [closed]

Duplicating layers within a single image shows a subtle colour shift. Duplicates are subtly warmer (Our image high key greyscale, both as Grey and RGB, same problem) Makes no difference if smart ...
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GIMP: Open as a layer reducing the size

I'm trying to create a single image from using different single images I already have. I'm creating a new A4 document, but, when I try to open one of the images I want to add, it's smaller than the ...
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How can I place a Photoshop document in Illustrator and preserve the layers?

I have not used Adobe Illustrator much, so please excuse me if this is obvious. I'm trying to import a photoshop mockup of a logo into illustrator so I can finish it as a vector image. The problem ...
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Replace color for all layers

I have a file with about 500 layers, and I need to replace a color in all of them. I looked through different solutions here and elsewhere, and they all suggested using an adjustment layer or ...
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Photoshop suddenly shows artifacts on my file

I am running Photoshop CC on Mac OSX 10.9.1. Today I opened one of my PSD files this morning and all of a sudden, these artifacts appear in some layers that have some effects on smart objects (but ...
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How can I combine two colored textures so that the final image is blended to match a specific lighting setup

I have been working on using Blender Cycles to bake textures but it renders very slowly so I have to render at low resolutions. This is fine for the indirect diffuse lighting but really makes a mess ...
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Applying color to multiple objects in Photoshop CC [duplicate]

I have multiple objects that I would like to all have the same color. That way, when I change the color of the 'master' object, all the rest would also change. I am sure this is straightforward, but ...
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Resize a shape layer with a corner radius, without changing the radius? [duplicate]

This is something that I have struggled with for years. If I create a shape layer with rounded edges - for example with a 10px radius - if I resize the overall shape then the corner radius grows with ...
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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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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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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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Script for exporting 200 layers to PNG stacked on top of one another? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a faster way to save all layers in PSD to PNG? This is my first attempt at Photoshop. I have been taking photos of my daughter for 6 months and I want to create ...
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Can I save layers as a template in InDesign CS6?

Is there a way to set up layers without data & style sheets & color in a file and save as a template so that when I open a new document of that particular layout those layers are already ...
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Novice on adding Layers: when is a project “done”?

I have been studying graphic design, illustration, color theory, etc, for the better part of 2 years now, including going on PDSTutsPlus, and it strikes me that higher level designers use multiple ...
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How to create a circular black gradient mask

Last year I hired someone to do some work for our website but accidentally lost the PSD files since then. It's a fairly basic concept but I am fairly inexperienced with using masks. How can I create ...
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How can I make these overlapped images more realistic?

I have this image in Photoshop where the background is one layer and the phone and hand is the 2nd layer. So there are two layers: Right now the hand and phone look kinda of like separate from the ...