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

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How to paint a layer mask with varying edge hardness

I would like to paint a layer mask over a photo with blurred edges in some areas but hard edges in others (basically where the mask matches the subject's silhouette and a blurred layer mask creates a ...
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Can we add a round corner edge on line created using pen tool?

Can a rounded stroke be given to a line/ shape created using pen tool? See the Image for your reference... Currently what I have done is I drew another line rounded that and put on the top of it. ...
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Alpha to Colour in GIMP (for real)

The question has already been asked, but the accepted answer is really not what I'm looking for. I want something that measures the alpha value of every pixel, and turns that into a given colour. So, ...
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Why bottom layer is getting move when I am trying to align in Ai?

I am working on some practice Illustration files, one problem that I am facing is whenever I am trying to align my top layer with the bottom one, the bottom one is getting moved. instead of the top ...
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How can I give Drop Shadow effect to a masked image in xd

I have a masked image, and I want to give a little drop shadow on it in Abobe XD. But I am not able to do so. Can someone please tell suggest any idea... reference image This is what I have tried so ...
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Changing color after I save SVG in illustrator

I am working with Adobe Illustrator, and my company has given me this mascot file. But the problem is that whenever I am saving this file as an SVG it is changing its original color. Please see the ...
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Can one side edge be rounded in adobe xd?

For a rectangle, it is possible to round a single side, but when I am using a triangle all the sides are getting rounded at the same time. Please see the image for your reference. What if I want to ...
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How can I make this Transition?

I am not very good at Adobe XD, But I want to make this using prototype. How to make this kind of transition in Adobe Xd? Please see the attached video for your reference. I am talking about the ...
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Find hidden objects in Adobe Illustrator

I have an Illustrator file with thousands of objects. I want to search the Layers pane to find hidden objects (e.g., move to the next hidden object in the pane). I do not want to show all objects, don'...
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Export PSD To Folders and Sub-folders

I have a fairly large PSD structured in two main folders - one called Female another Male - inside each one have multiple subfolders - ex. attire, eye color, eyewear, etc. - and in each sub-folder ...
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How to create this star shape in Adobe Xd?

How can we create star shapes like the one highlighted below, in a simple way? Currently, I am taking it this way: Creating a circle Adding a line around it (with some slight rotation)
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Fitting multiple layers of the same size without overlapping

I have a map that I have assembled from many equally sized squares and now wonder if there is a way to make photoshop automatically fit all of the pieces together to remove any gaps and overlaps ...
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When performing Path > Trace Bitmap in Inkscape, and doing multiple passes, is there a place where I can access to the list of passes?

My apologies if the terms are not the best, I just started using Inkscape yesterday. I am using this software to transform any image into SVGs with shades of grey. On the picture down below I did 9 ...
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How can I make one object out of two separate compound shapes?

I have an illustration with two compound paths which are on separate layers. What I would like to do is to have one sub layer with both compound paths.
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Pinning together two layers at a point GIMP

In GIMP, I'd like to pin together two layers at a point so that the two layer can be translated horizontally and vertically together but there is a little more freedom in the rotation. Like a ball-and-...
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How can I resize without distorting in Adobe XD?

I am using Adobe XD, I have created a progress bar, which I want to use in a different location with having a different size. But when I am trying to do so, this is what happens:
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Unknown icons are showing in Figma

I am working on a landing page website in Figma, and the problem I am facing is that there are 2 facebook icons are showing when I am previewing my design. Though I don't have any icons on my artboard....
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How to dynamically rename text layers?

I am using adobe xd and working with more than 100 Screens at a time. The only problem I am facing is that there is a text layer (Page Number) that I want to rename. Is there any shortcut key or ...
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How to set next layer's boundary to be limited to previous layer's outline?

You draw the black ink outline of an object as an enclosed ellipsoid shape, and therefore want the next layer, which you'll use to color-in the ellipsoid, to be bounded to that previous ink layer, to ...
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Dealing with opacity in adobe illustrator using the Numberpad keys

Can someone please tell me if I need to adjust how can I deal with opacity without going in the properties section in adobe illustrator? I am familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Figma, and we can simply ...
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Is there any way to convert a PNG image into SVG?

I am using adobe xd. And there are some image that needs to be updated, but the only problem is the image is already in PNG so every time there are any changes needed I will have to do it in Photoshop ...
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Photoshop move all open documents as layers of single document

Need shortcut or menu option to split document putting layers as separate documents? I know for channels tab if you click on tab properties there's option "split channels" that does it for ...
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How to give a .gif animation variable frame delay speeds in Gimp?

When exporting an animated gif in Gimp (each layer is a frame of the animation), you can set the speed between each frame (layer) as a fixed number, by default 100 milliseconds. How do you instead ...
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Search text on locked layers

I just "discovered" that search (note: I talk about search, not replace!) doesn't work for text on locked layers. Some people suggest to enable "Include Locked Layers and Locked Objects&...
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Is there a shortcut to unlock image instead of trying to find it in layers? Illustrator CC

I have an image thats locked on a layer but I am not sure which layer it is. Is there a way to direct select the image to unlock it instead of trying to hunt through my layers trying to find it?
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How to toggle the visibility of multiple layers at once in illustrator

I am currently working with an .ai file which has many many layers. I would be taking the same file to after effects later. I don't need to transport all those layers to AE. As I am moving through the ...
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How to move a layer that has hidden sub-layers?

I'm creating an animated character which has plenty of hidden artwork (mouth shapes, eyebrow shapes etc). The problem is that whenever I want to move some body part that has hidden child layers, these ...
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Adobe Animate Visible Masks & Layers for Character Mouth/Teeth Movement

I'm working on animating a characters mouth opening and closing. The layers for this character are currently ordered:Body < Mouth < Teeth. When I animate the mouth to close, I'd like it to cover ...
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Why can't I mask a image to another image in xd?

I am using Adobe XD. And at a point I wanted to mask two images, but somehow I am not able to mask a image above another image. Note: When I tried masking it using an object I was able to do the same....
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Ink outline vs seniority of color layers

New to digital drawing, but would imagine that everyone starts with a sketched ink outline that has an alpha channel, and then from there add on color layers to fill in the transparent space between ...
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CorelDraw Layer copy-paste/(un)group problem

I created a book-cover template in CorelDraw with 3 layers "Front", "Spine" and "Back" and I want to use it. When I copy and past theme into new document in CorelDraw, ...
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Text frame aligned to grid not visible

I have an InDesign document with a 9x9 grid and a text frame that is aligned to it. I don't know why, but I don't see the text frame unless I hover a mouse over it. I also tried to create a text frame ...
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How to set GIMP Layer boundary size to be content-aware instead of the default canvas size?

Basically I would like to make the layer boundary size content-aware so it will always fit and never limit content to spread. Example A (Default GIMP Behavior): Here the layer "Layer" has ...
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how to change transparency of a layer by a brush (GIMP)

I want to change transparency of a layer where the transparency can be changed by a brush ex: increase top layer transparency by 50% when I draw a line over a place. what I’m trying to do is have ...
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Use object to cut through other object in Inkscape

Basically, this white bit is being used to split the lines. I want the image to be entirely transparent, and in order to do so I want the white to be where the black objects are "cut", so I ...
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Creating a new layer in Illustrator

I'm new in Adobe Illustrator. Are there any other ways to create a new layer in Illustrator than pressing the button at the bottom of the Layers panel? Is there a shortcut, like Shift + Ctrl + N in ...
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Script to activate or mute effects and layers from multiple pre-comp

Hey i heard about a script like Dugr script but with precomp reacting to the script. So you could select effects and layers from multiple pre-comp and put them in a "folder" in this script ...
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How to change layer order during animation?

I'm producing an animation and I'd like one object to be in front of the other, and then to be behind. Then repeat the process. They would be alternating, sort of like the effect of two snakes ...
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How to cut a piece of a drawing and then making a new layer, paste that piece into it

Let's say I have a flower. I want to cut one petal, make a new layer, and then paste that part in there, without that petal looking choppy or anything. How would I do this? Thank you! Note: I am using ...
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PS Script to switch between layers in Photoshop

I've been searching for months for a solution to use a shortcut to select the one layer above the selected or the layer underneath the selected one. Because I dodge & burn with curves it's taking ...
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Toggle visibility of a selected object illustrator CS6

I have found that toggle visibility off of a selected object is command+3 on mac from what I searched up but for some reason it doesn't toggle the object back on?
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Is it possible to sort layers by fill color in Illustrator?

Pretty much as the title asked, is it possible to sort layers by fill color? I would like to sort by hue starting from darker colors to lighter colors.
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moving multiple objects from different layers into the same layer? Illustrator CS6

Is there a way to drag and select over multiple paths/ artwork in illustrator and put them all in one layer instead of going into each layer and shifting?
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Unable to rename layers in Illustrator

I am not a new user...but I'm not an expert either. With that said...I know that it is very easy to rename a layer. All you need to do is double click on it and rename! The problem is Illustrator ...
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My layers will not ungroup

Using Gimp 2.10 In the layers panel, all layers cannot be rearranged. I am trying to remove some from a group but cannot do so. Dragging has no effect and using the "up" or "down" ...
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Ctrl + Click on thumbnail in a layer is not selecting a particular area in photoshop cc 2014 & 2015

I'm facing an issue with my Adobe photoshop 2014 and 2015. When I press Ctrl and click on the thumbnail on a layer from layer pallet then it selects the whole boundary of the image. It's not selecting ...
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Looking for a script to export layers in an artboard, sized to artboard dimensions

I often use the Export > Layers to Files script. Obviously it's ancient (2007), and therefore has no support for the more recently introduced Artboards. When using the Layers to Files script, it ...
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How do I create a layer by selecting a color, in GIMP?

I recently heard about an interesting shortcut, in Photoshop, involving holding Alt (I think) while clicking on a color and automatically creating a layer of that color in the image document. That is, ...
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How do you apply an action to only one layer?

I have Adobe Photoshop 2020 and I am trying to apply an action to a hair texture. The problem is, I only want the action applied to one of the layers and not all of them. When I complete the action, ...
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Simplify the layers of Wavelet Decompose on Gimp

When I use "Wavelet Decompose" to make a frequency separation on Gimp, I use, let's say 3 levels, which generate 3 layers of detail. But IMHO they are too many (On Ps I am used to having ...
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