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

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Gimp Pasted Layer Move Tool

What I want to do is paste a picture to a new gimp file. I have the background layer and when I paste it puts it into the floating selection like expected. I found that I'm supposed to turn it into a ...
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how do I get size of preexisting circularly shaped layer in photoshop

I am new to photoshop (Adobe Photoshop CC) and not finding it very intuitive. How do I get the radius of a preexisting circle in photoshop? Someone sent me an editable psd, and I have the circle as a ...
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how do you save layers as separate files in paint tool sai?

I am using SAI as an animation tool and therefore I will need to save the layers as separate images so that I can use a different animation program to put them together. Is there any way to do this?
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Creating a “black mask” file covering all non-transparent pixels in Photoshop image, all layers

I have created an image in Photoshop CS3 consisting of numerous layers including text layers, and graphics layers. The print shop says that I have to submit ANOTHER file which is a "mask" file, which ...
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How to cut a circle from multi layered square artboard?

I have a square artboard in illustrator CS6. There are multiple layers and sub-layers on the board. I want to have a circular artboard and keep the editing capabilities within the circle if possible ...
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Replace one layer with another in multiple Photoshop projects

I am creating a series of banners in five sizes. Each banner size represents its own .psd file. There is a logo on all banners and each series contains a different logo. Till now I inserted all ...
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adobe illustrator - linework and paintbucket on different layers

I would like to have my brush strokes on one layer and coloring done by live paint bucket on another layer. When I select the strokes and make a live paint group to color with everything, strokes and ...
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Move a selection on multiple layers at once in Photoshop CS6

Is it possible to make a selection in Photoshop CS6 and move that selected area on more than one layer at the same time?
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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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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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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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Tool to draw line and mark distance (in pixel) between layers [duplicate]

I need to draw lines between all the layer of on .pxm/.psd file. Is there any plugin or a way to achieve this in Photoshop or Pixelmator. What I am doing now is checking size of and position of each ...
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Saving PSD to PNG with layer transparencies loses layer effects

I've got a PSD of a shirt mockup that has several effect layers for highlights and shadows, and then layers for shirt colors. What I'm trying to do is use this in a web based editor where I can ...
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Layer Masking in Photoshop CS6

What would be the best way to subtract the radial (shape 1) lines from the grey ellipse (ellipse 1) so that the background image (ios7 wallpaper) would be visible as a "notch" effect and so the ...
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how to resize filter applied to the Image in photoshop?

I applied Note Paper filter to my artwork and Its components are small. I need to magnify just filter not Layer , as transforming Pattern in Illustrator . Can we magnify or resize filter that is ...
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How to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another?

Is there a way to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another? I was working on a project earlier on that required this but I didn't know how this could have been done. (Procedure not as ...
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Creating layers with different sizes from existing PNGS and imported into a PSD

Working on a legacy .NET web application we have the following issue: graphical themes are made of hundred png files. When it comes to create a new theme (ie. same icons but new set of colors), we ...
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Is there an automated, configurable way to organize many layers into a sprite sheet grid with exact pixel coordinates in Photoshop?

I have a huge grid of icons that need to be positioned so that I can write sprites out of them after I'm done. Right now, I have so many layers, it'd take me forever to click on each one ...
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Quick copy text in Photoshop Text layer

Is there a way to copy all the text within a Photoshop text layer without having to "open" the layer. I'm hoping there's a way that I can just select the layer and then have some shortcut that copies ...
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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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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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Limited pixel values in layer effects and styles (Photoshop)

Some layer effects and styles in Photoshop have pixel settings. The problem appears when you want to scale your design. For example, in Bevel and Emboss you are able to set the Size and Soften. The ...
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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 for a game environment but the open source code that Sony provided is not optimized at all and because of this Cycles currently renders ...
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Auto align layers with changing contents but constant shape in Photoshop

I have 70+ images of a coloured microsphere taken through a microscope. Between each image, I manually rotated the sphere by about 5°. In each picture, the position of the sphere is slightly different ...
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Keep one layer always on top of the rest?

Is there a script/plugin that could make one layer appear always on top? I am busy with a website design and I created some safe zones which I like to have on top at all times. However, now when I ...
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.dds File Loses Color When Viewed in Layers

I have three .dss photo files from a video game that are textures. A lot of the separate maps (diffuse/specular/normal) are on different layers of these photos so I need some layers individually to ...
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How to go to layer of currently selected object in Illustrator?

Say there are hundreds of unnamed layers in an Illustrator artboard. How do you just click one of those objects and reveal what layer it is on? And change to that layer?
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In PS, how does one make two or more layers on the same level?

I've got two elements that both have drop shadows, and they are very close together (say 30px). Is there a way to make sure that each layer's drop doesn't affect the other layer?
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In Photoshop CC: “edit/transform” instead of edit/transform path"

In Photoshop CC (latest update), how do I change back to just "edit/transform" instead of "edit/transform path"? I have never had this happen before, and when I go to transform a layer, I get an error ...
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Why does my PSD file contain only one layer after saving a project from Photoshop?

I have saved a brochure for print and because of the file size issues I saved my original Photoshop file as a PDF without Photoshop editing capabilities. Then I applied some changes and saved as ...
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Opening multiple files as layers in a single image in Elements?

In Elements (I'm using version 9 for Mac), is there a single operation that will let me open a bunch of files as one image, with each file as a layer in that image? If I were using GIMP, for example, ...
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Exporting individual layers in Photoshop, keeping their sizes

I'm trying to export individual layers in Photoshop as PNGs, keeping their size. So if I have a layer that is 200x200 in a composition that is 1000x1000, I want to export just that layer as a PNG at ...
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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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How can I import a multipage PDF as a multipage page layer in Adobe Acrobat

I've got a 288 page 4-colour PDF and a 288 page text black PDF. is there a way that I can import the text black PDF as a layer across all the 288 4-colour pages? At the moment I can only seem to do ...
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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 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 ...
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Copy Paste multiple Illustrator layers into Photoshop for individual editing?

I have a world map in Illustrator with a layer for each individual country. I want to copy and paste all layers into photoshop so that I can edit the colour blend for each individual country. I do not ...
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Gimp – blend between layers controlled by a heightmap

Suppose, I have a gray-scaled height map and ten layers with different diffuse textures or solid color textures. I would like to blend these texture layers in a way determined by the heightmap, as ...
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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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Can PS's sharpen filter be applied as an adjustment layer?

Can a Photoshop's sharpen filter be applied as an adjustment layer so it's non-destructive and can be reversed/tweaked if required?
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Photoshop layers into SVG paths

I have a set of Photoshop files which consist of a base image with a series of layers with colored overlays. The overlays are labeled using the layer names. My task is to get these overlays as SVG ...
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Can I choose multiple layers in Photoshop in the same manner as selecting multiple objects in MS Word?

Selecting multiple objects in MS Word is very easy. You just drag along the page and all the objects such as pictures are automatically selected. Is there the same way in Photoshop?
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Web page animation vs. adding simple sound

I have a book featured on my website front page and want to arrange links in the pages, so that when a user clicks on the links, they will hear the sound of a turning page, and see a page turn. Is ...
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Keyboard Shortcut to hide selected layers in Photoshop

Similar to Illustrator, is there something like CMD + 3 that would let me hide selected layers?
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Why does Color Dodge produce different results when applied to a group of layers, compared to when applied directly to the layers themselves?

In Photoshop, I can't figure out as to why this happens. I painted with a soft round brush at 100% opacity with the color set to white and grey on a new layer. I duplicated the layer and then I put ...
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How to reference a sublayer by name in an Illustrator script?

How can one reference a sublayer in functions like setLayerVisibility, that accept layer names as arguments? I tried setLayerVisibility("MyLayerName.MySublayerName", true) , but that was ...
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Why is a PDF made with AI showing a faint black ghost outline around some shapes?

I am trying to help with an .ai document I did not create. It has multiple layers and when they save as PDF, a faint black outline appears behind one of the images but an inch below it--just the ...
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How do I apply a Photoshop filter to fixed parts of an image?

I have screenshots in multiple languages. Some (50) parts of the screenshot are private. I would like to use crystalize filter to pixelate those parts out. All screenshots have these private parts :) ...
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Layer Comps in Illustrator?

Is there a way to handle views in Illustrator like "Layer Comps" in Photoshop? For me it's important that I can export all those views e.g. as jpg/png/pdf (like Photoshop script "Layer Comps to ...
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How to create an adjustment layer that blurs all layers below?

Is it possible? Right now I'm creating copies of all layers, flatten them all (the copies) to a single layer, and apply blur to this layer. But can it be done without having to create copies of the ...