I was given a .PSD file from my designer and I'm trying to change a layer from "Curve" to "Hue/Saturation"

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However, if I highlight the curve thumbnail (shown by the pink arrow) and press delete it deletes the whole thing.

I also tried creating a new layer of the existing layer using the "Adjustments" tab, but it creates a new layer that is different (notice it's just a quite square, not one with words like the original one:

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How would I create an identical layer of the "Cheers to 50 years" and then adjust the hue / saturation?

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If you Ctrl+click the layer mask before you delete the curves layer, it will load the mask as a selection.

Now, you can add a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and the layer mask will be replicated with that adjustment layer, then you can delete the old curves adjustment layer.

Finally if you Alt+click between the two layers, it will clip the adjustment to only the layer below.

For example:

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  1. Add a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.
  2. Hold Alt and drag the layer mask from your Curves adjustment layer to the new Hue/Saturation layer.
  3. Confirm the "Replace Layer Mask" dialog that pops up.
  4. Delete the Curves adjustment layer

animated gif of the process


I'm assuming you want to keep the selection of the text from the mask below?

If so, just right click your Hue/Sat layer & select "Create Clipping Mask"

You'll see it will adopt another of those 'left & down' arrows & will then conform to the mask of the layer underneath [even though it won't actually show the mask in the icon]

A rough attempt…

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