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

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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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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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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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Turning traced and expanded image back to single layered image in Illustrator

How do I turn a traced and expanded image back to a single layered image? I'm new to Ai.
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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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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 create photo effect like Under the skin

I'm want create photo-effect like this I'm guess it 2 layer blend or mask with the subject(woman) and forest but how I re-create it in Photoshop Thanks
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Illustrator CS5 - copy a hidden layer?

In Illustrator CS5, how do I copy a hidden layer from one artboard to another? I do not want to show the hidden layer before I copy it.
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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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Photoshop - Batch rotate layer and export

I am trying to rotate the arrow in the picture above 72 times (every 5 degrees). I have tried creating an action set that rotates the arrow and then saves it each time, but this just overwrites the ...
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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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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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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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Is there a way to merge layers with the same name inside a photoshop document?

I have a bunch of psd files with exact same layer stack in each. They contain different information, but the layer position in the stack, naming, blending modes are exactly the same in everyone of ...
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Photoshop CS6 - Export Layers to files always exports frames backwards

I have been having the most frustrating issue when exporting animations as layer files. Here is how it goes: I create my animation on the timeline and then choose "Flatten frames into layers" from ...
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Unable to build a shape in an individual layer - CS6

I can't seem to figure out how to create a shape that creates its own layer without it being created behind an other. How can I do this? This is what I'm trying to create: Instead I'm getting ...
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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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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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Set adjustment layer to only affect certain layers without using groups?

AFAIK there are a few different ways to control which layers are affected by an adjustment layer, for example: move the adjustment layer down so that only the layers below it are affected alt-click ...
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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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Why is Illustrator not making sublayers for each new path?

I just downloaded a Ai file from Creative Banner. I needed to use one of their banner templates to help design a curved banner for our client. I noticed on the Design Area/Bleed Area layer that every ...
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Cannot drag-select layers with Move tool in Photoshop when initially clicking in the canvas

When using the Move tool, I can no longer drag-select layers when my cursor initially clicks on the canvas. However, if I initially click outside of the canvas I can drag-select towards the canvas, a ...
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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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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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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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How to create a transparent difference (additive?) layer from 2 solid layers

I'm very new to graphic design in general, so I'm not sure if I'm using the correct terms, sorry about that. I have two solid images (A & B) and I want to extract the difference between the two to ...
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Corel PainShop Pro, Layer Selection by Keyboard

I've tried several Google and StackExchange searches, but can't find this. Are there any keyboard shortcuts for layer selection, or a way to create them, if they are not default? Photoshop appears ...
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Adobe Illustrator script to walk through layers while exporting

I am trying to loop over 2 different top layers on my .ai file, each top layer contains several sub layers. The 2 top layers are icons (usual ui stuff) and modifiers (like plus and minus symbols). I ...
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Layer Comps - Adding new layer to each existing layer comp

I'm using photoshop in the design of complex web apps. I do most of the complex work in HTML/CSS/JS but there are times when photoshop layer comps can show the different stages quite well. The ...
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Adobe Muse / Adobe Edge Animate selecting objects under an animation

I've got a muse site with an animated logo that has elements that scale to sit in the nav bar, with a scroll effect. However the animation is 960px x 550px and has a transparent bg. So when the page ...
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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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.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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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 - Group Items and Make Visible or Invisible

I'm using layer comps and sometimes I add new items to my wireframe. In this particular case I added checkboxes to 24 separate items. I had my items in a folder and in the folder there were 4 ...
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How can I import Photoshop layer with a mask to After effects?

I've prepared a layer with a mask in Photoshop and I want to use it in After effects. What I want to do is add a video on to that prepared layer and mask it.
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How to use brush tool on multiple layers in After Effects

I am making a goofy 6 sec. Jay-z music video. I am trying to complete what seems like a very simple task: filling in a white background behind the three Jay-zs on each side to blend in with his ...
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Photoshop Javascript to get all layers in the active document

I'm sure it should be discussed before by Photoshop scripters. I write a solution as following. I think it's logically right, but the result is not correct. Anybody can help to check where's wrong ...
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Shadows pass in photoshop

Setup: Background image 3D layer with an extruded text object and a plane - two separate 3D objects but in the same 3D layer. The extruded text object casts a shadow on the plane. I want to render ...
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Sharing masks among adjustment layers

I wish to apply a curves adjustment and a HSL adjustment to area of an image, and a different curves and HSL adjustment to a different area of the same image. I could give both adjustments for each ...
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Saving each layer as serparate file but with master template

I recently figured out how to save each layer as a separate file in photoshop. I do this when editing a gif image. Now, however, i have a layer below (layer 0) and a layer on top(72) and i want ...
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Pdf with layers from photoshop CS6

Is it possible to export a PSD photoshop file to PDF keeping the layers like in here? I tried saving as PDF and checked 'layers', but it doesn't work.