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

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Export photoshop layers to individual PNG files - batch process?

I am a web dev and competent in Fireworks but not so much in Photoshop. I have just received a layered PSD file to turn into a web page. Can anyone tell me the easiest way to export all layers to ...
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How do I change a single layer to grayscale in Photoshop CS4?

I know you can have the whole image turn grayscale: Image > Mode > Grayscale, but what if I only want to make specific layers grayscale? There's gotta be an easier way than pulling out the ...
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Exporting individual layers in Photoshop, keeping their sizes

Well I was trying to look this up through Google but didn't find anything, but then I just got the invite for this beta, so I might as well ask here :) I'm trying to export individual layers in ...
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GIMP: Trying to move selected text layer but moves background layer

I have a background overlay on which I have three text layers on top. Now I want to move these text layers around on the overlay, but I can't get it to work. As soon as I click inside the text layer ...
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How to make an adjustment layer to affect only one layer or one group of layers in Photoshop?

In Photoshop I am trying to apply a hue/saturation to just one or a group of layers instead of the entire lot of layers using the "Create new fill or adjustment Layer" button. Is this possible, and if ...
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How to get Layer size (Width and Height)?

I have a number of layers in a Photoshop document. I want to find out what a specific layer's width and height is. How do I do that?
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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 ...
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How do I preserve legibility when overlaying text on images?

I have lots of creative images that I want to use, except when I put text over them it makes the text really hard to read. Other than a drop shadow, is there another way to make it more clear?
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How do I edit multiple layers at once?

How do I edit multiple layers in Photoshop at once? Highlighting them all or selecting them selectively while holding shift does not work (for example, when applying Layer Options effects to layers).
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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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Auto crop layer in Photoshop

I've been googling this subject and also searched in this forum, all I found were posts about removing semi transparent pixels, ie. not what I have a problem with. Basically, I've added a layer to my ...
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Photoshop CS6 -> Export Layers To Files Subfolders

I hope that anybody of you could be able to solve my Problem. I'm using Photoshop CS6 and would like to get only the filename prefix I specify. If I try using the Export Layers to Files command, I ...
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How do I break apart text in Photoshop?

I have a word in a text layer in photoshop. I want each character to be on a separate layer, how can I do that?
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What is the point of making a background layer go transparent and renaming it in Photoshop?

I've seen this convention a lot but I don't really understand the use for it - or for a solid background layer at all, to be honest. I'd be very grateful if someone could explain why each new project ...
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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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Best way to have mutual overlapping in Illustrator

I'm using Illustrator CS5, and I'm trying to have two groups (with multiple paths in each) overlap properly. On the top side, group A should overlap group B, but on the bottom side, group B should ...
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How do I directly set layer positions in Gimp?

I'd like to directly set (i.e. type in actual coordinates of) the position of my layer in the image, like you can with the selection box: (Not the size, but that would also be cool) Is this ...
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In gimp : how to save the different layers of a design in separate files/images?

I wonder if there's a way in gimp to make the different layers of a design into separate image files without having to save the image each time. I hope this is clear. I use layers also as variations ...
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Is it posible to collapse/expand all Groups in Photoshop Layers Panel?

I have a photoshop file with a lot of groups inside and inside those groups even more groups, to get to a layer that I want is a looong way, and after that its even longer to colapse back so I can get ...
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How to scroll in the layer menu while grabbing a layer?

My layer list is very big and sometimes when I duplicate a layer, I need to move it far away but I have to bring it near the edge to activate the slow autoscroll. It would be far more convenient if I ...
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Desktop/iPad/iPhone PSD frames for screenshots workflow?

In the past, I've googled iPhone user interface elements and downloaded the PSD. 2. I deleted all layers except the frame 3. I took screenshots of my various web projects 4. Change dimensions and ...
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exporting layers to files and applying the background image to all layers

I have a file with about 80 layers that I want to export to png's. That bit I know how to do but what I'm stuck with is how to include the background layer with every layer being exported? Each layer ...
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Importing spreadsheet data as layers into Adobe Illustrator

I have a spreadsheet with a TON of content that I need to import to layers via Illustrator. I have several columns that need to be imported for some business cards. So for instance name, email, phone, ...
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In Adobe Illustrator, How do you paste an item to the BOTTOM of the layer stack, not the top?

Whenever you copy something, then paste it, it will be pasted at the top of the layer stack in the same level as all of it's sibling layers. Is there a way to make Illustrator paste to the bottom of ...
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CS5 export layers as files no number sequence

I am using cs5 layers to modify and then exporting layers as files. While saving CS5 automatically adds some number sequence at the end thereby modifying my original filename. It see to ...
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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 do you apply a clipping mask to multiple layers in Photoshop?

I have 20 multiple images in different layers withon a Photoshop file. I want to apply one clipping mask for all the layers. I grouped all layers and tried but the clipping mask option is disabled. ...
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When saving an image as a PNG or JPEG, does photoshop/GIMP only save the top layers or all the data?

I need to send a file to someone but it has sensitive information on it that I would not like to share. I was going to just scan the document and edit out the sensitive information with a layer ...
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How to make a layer change size in an animation in Photoshop?

I'm working with animation timeline in Photoshop CS6. I would like to have a small circle layer expand / increase in size, but on the Layer-Timeline panel, these are the only options available: ...
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Size and transparency differences when saving PNG by different methods

I'm exporting PSD layers to PNGs for a game's texture atlases. When I'm doing Copy -> New File (RGB 8-bit) -> Save As PNG, the resulting PNG is quite heavy and Finder shows white background ...
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How do I expand a folder of layers in Photoshop Elements?

In Photoshop Elements, how do I expand a layer group to see the layers inside? I mean "Register form" or "login form" in the following screenshot:
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Color inverting layer

I am trying to make an arrow that will stand out against any background. I know there are ways to make transparent and semi-transparent images. I was wondering if there is a way to make a layer that ...
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How to change the font style of all text layers in a single PSD file?

My client has a change of heart and wanted to go from Roboto to Helvetica Neue. Is there a way to change the font style of all text layers automatically instead of the painful way one layer at a time? ...
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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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Using the Export Layers as Files (png) script results in multiple sized images

I have a psd that consists of around 50 layers and would like to export each layer into pngs. I have tried the Export Layers as Files script in PS CS5, selecting the PNG format. I need all exported ...
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Photoshop, how to create a layer mask from a layer?

I have a layer in Photoshop that I'd like to use as a layer mask, is this at all possible? It's a black & white layer with some gradients that I would like to apply to another layer that's a ...
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Photoshop Video Timeline: How to change multiple layers duration at once

I can hold and drag each individual layer on timeline to increase its duration but it's such a pain. Is there a workaround to change (increase) all layers on timeline to have the same duration? ...
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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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Layer Comps misalign my layer masks and adjustment layers

I have encountered a problem, or at least an annoyance, with the way that "Layer Comps" work with linked layers. I understand the reason for the design choice and I am not claiming it to be a bug, ...
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Photoshop - Relative layer position

I've been trying to create a menu with Photoshop CS5 and I've come to realise there's probably an easier way to go about it. I've made a few menus in the past but any tiny modification seems to take ...
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What are good ways to handle extracting a portion , such as a logo, from a much larger PSD?

I am building web pages from a PSD. The designer just made all layers on the same size canvas which makes it harder to copy into a new layer in its intended size. What could be a good work flow to ...
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Automation of repetitive tasks in Photoshop?

Is there a way to automate some highly repetitive tasks in Photoshop? Example 1 I have a folder of images. For each of them, and I want to import each as its own layer I'd like them to be resized ...
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Photoshop - Extracting a transparent shadow from an image

I have a layer that contains a brushed metal texture. The layer has an inner shadow effect. I'd like to extract just that shadow with transparency, so I can later superpose the pure background ...
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How to create frames from layers in Photoshop extended?

Is there a way to automatically create frames from layers in a Photoshop document? Bridge lets you open several images into one Photoshop document as layers, now I would like to get these layers ...
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Illustrator: Disabling random layer colors?

Creating new layers automatically assigns random layer colors in the Layers Panel. Is there any workaround for having new layers assigned the same color (e.g. Red)?
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How to apply a layer to multiple open images in photoshop?

I am using Photoshop CS6. I have 40 images that have a transparent background open. I would like to apply a layer (a fill with gradient) to each of the 40 images without having to manually select ...
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Extracting layers from psd

I am a developer and working on an application whose designs I have received as a PSD file. But I am totally noob in designing. I have installed photoshop in my computer but have no idea about how to ...
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Photoshop CS3 Layer effects - Radial Gradient's center

How do I pick the center point for a radial gradient that has been applied via layer effect to a shape? It's defaulting to the center of my shape but I want the gradient's center point to be near the ...
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Is there a shortcut for changing the value a Layer's Fill similar to configuring its opacity

So to change a layers opacity value using the keyboard you would use the numeric keys. But being how close it is in proximity you would think there would be something similar for change a layer's ...
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Options for default layer visibility in Photoshop

So at work I have been converting a lot of PSDs to web. When I need say a background image of a box I hide everything else hide all the text and content inside of said box, select, copy merge etc. ...