Questions tagged [layers]

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

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Is there a fast way to clean up empty layers and folders in Photoshop?

I have a very large document, and along the way I have made a lot of changes and new layers. I have a tons of layers and groups and I'm now sitting and organize everything manually. Is there are ...
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InDesign Layers

Is there any possibility to add words from the same text column to the different layers? The thing is that some words from the text must be specifically moved to 'No translate' layer as the whole ...
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How to open .tif in color (not black and white)

I have scanned book. Each page of the book consists of two files: one .tif file and one .frf file. (By the way, are they somehow compatible?) If I open .tif file in viewer like Irfanview, GIMP, Paint ...
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How to export a sequence of layers in illustrator?

I often have to modify pdf files and show them in stages. Like this: First: Second: Third: I'm currently doing it by separating each part of the plot into layers and then hiding some of them, and ...
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How to define custom shape cut-out with reference to other layers in Photoshop

I saw the following graphic on a website, which I thought was quite a nice way of displaying an app, however, I am struggling to get the effect with the phone displaying on top of the circle, but ...
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How to overlap custom art brush shapes

I have a custom art brush in Illustrator that I've made from a group of shapes. I want the brush to completely overlap itself when paths cross. This is what I'm using to make the brush: After ...
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How to remove a section of .ai layered file

I have a layered Illustrator file of a world map. Each layered holding various info such as, country name layer, capital city layer, lake name layer etc. I would like to cut out, for example, a ...
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Transparent/See Through Text in Photoshop CS5 [duplicate]

I would like take this and add an image such that: it is only seen behind the white text as if the letters are transparent and the black background also remains, so the image appears behind both, the ...
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How do I keep the same opacity level to a vector shape using pen tool

I have been using the pen tool for more than 8 years already, but when I started using CS6, I have lots of difficulties using the pen tool. I use the pen tool for vector portraits and I need to use ...
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Fusion of transparent layer on to existing layer

I have a layer with multiple shapes and colors, and I would like to manipulate the layer esaily by changing the intensity of the colors. I know this can be easily achieved by an extra layer of the ...
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Selecting The bottom layer Photoshop (Shortcut)

Is there a shortcut (+click) to select a bottom layer that is fully behind a top layer in photoshop. Ex (PSD attached): I would like to select the green circle without jumping to layers panel. ...
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3-d reconstruction (z-stack) of individual eps files (each of them a slice along the xy plane)?

I would like to create a z-stack of several individual eps files, each of them being actually a slice along the xy-plane.. What is the easiest way to do this and the easiest software to use (...
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Photoshop: How to duplicate a layer below the original layer

I use Alt + Shift to duplicate a layer, however, the layer always gets created above the layer I'm duplicating. How can I duplicate it and have the layer automatically go below the layer I'm ...
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Export a PSD to compressed and transparent TIF files with only one layer

I have several packshot images inside a group (with a mask to have a transparent background) and a shadow layer at the bottom. Is there any way to export all images in TIF files with only one layer ...
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GIMP Add touch-up layer after adding curves layer (and other layers)

Suppose I add several layers in GIMP to make various adjustments such as color corrections and burning/dodging. Once the image generally looks good, I then wish to non-destructively (i.e., without ...
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Print all layers as thumbnails with their names on one page [duplicate]

I want to print all layers preview on one page with the names. I 'm looking for a .atn action or other simple way to do it
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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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How to make layer from object immediately in illustrator cc? [closed]

I was wondered if I can make a layer from selected object in illustrator directly? instead of creating a new layer then grab the 'path' from the previous layer to make it a new layer. any shortcut ...
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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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How to erase part of shape in Photoshop?

I want to erase part of a rectangle but it gets erased in the way shown in the right hand image: I want to be like this:
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Layers over some, under others, overlapping?

I have three layers in an illustrator artboard: a circle, square and triangle. The three shapes overlap, but i want the triangle to be above the circle, the circle above the square, and the square ...
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How to get the numbers of layer in a photo? [closed]

In the book page 139-140 , there are three separate photo layers: the text (Mungo National Park), a photo of a rock carving, and a photo of sand and rock formations. How to get the numbers of layer ...
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Photoshop: update copies of background layer when background layer changed

In Photoshop, the background layer is filled up with a picture. This layer is duplicated and various filters are applied on the duplicate. Now, I would like to change the picture in the background ...
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Group and simplify about 10 k sublayers?

I have a map (exported from some GIS-program) to a PDF with several thousands sublayers. The problem is that the simplified map layers on top of the layers hierarchy are probably just a smaller ...
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Convert group to sub-layer

Is there a way to quickly convert a Group to a Sub-layer in Illustrator?
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Can somone explain the layer target icon?

In the Illustrator layer pallete, somtimes the layer target icon is filled in, and somtimes not. Can somone explain to me what the difference is?
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Can't move shape

I have created new project and placed new rectangle in it. I'm trying to move rectangle using direct selection and path selection tools, but it don't moves. When I try to move using Move Tool - it ...
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Does something similar to Photoshop “Smart objects” exist also in Illustrator? [duplicate]

The scenario is: I´m creating a catalogue listing page for a website and i´m working with AI, is possible to replicate the single listing element in a way that allows to apply the changes i do in one,...
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How to make parallel curves in photoshop CS6?

I want to replicate this picture, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how can I make identical parallel curves. Can someone with better skills give me a little help? I tried making curves with a ...
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Where can I find the x / y coordinates for a layer in PS CS?

I need to find the x / y coordinates for each layer in my psd. I've searched through the help file and online, but I can't find the answer.
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Why does a layer in overlay mode not show over black or white areas?

Layer A is above Layer B. Layer A is on overlay mode and is filled with white, grey and pink colors. Layer B is split in 3 sections: white, grey and black. Why do the contents of Layer A not show over ...
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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 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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Multiple Duplicated Layers in Photoshop like Illustrator

Is there a way to duplicate layers in Photoshop, similar to Illustrator? In Photoshop & Illustrator you can use the select tool and press the alt key to move and duplicate a layer. But in ...
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Re-link a mask to its layer

How to a re-link a layer mask to its layer? I have unlinked a mask from its layer so I can feely move the image affected separate from the mask. Now, I would like to re-link them so I may move both ...
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How can I align a bunch of layers in Photoshop CS3 to a curve?

Is it possible to take a series of layers (say, icons of seats in a theatre) and align/distribute them all to a curve (so they appear as a row)? What I'm looking for is similar to "align text to path"...
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How to view all layer sizes?

I have received a design as a .psd and a .png file, but the designer has not added the sizes of each header, image, padding, etc. Is there a way to quickly and efficiently see the size of each object ...
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PS CS6 - Removing access colour behind a layer

I'm trying to recreate the Google chrome logo and I've got to this stage, the issue is that the red colour is overlapping the outer ellipse where I've used the polygon lasso tool. I've managed to hide ...
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Applying Blending Options to group doesn’t work as expected

When applying my Gradient Overlay to a group of layers, the gradient doesn’t size to fit the minimum frame of the layers in that group. So for example, a green to red gradient shows up on the group as ...
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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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Photoshop Text Layer is Locked and I did not Lock it [closed]

In Adobe Photoshop 7 I cannot move my text layers around because I get the pop up telling me it cannot complete my request because the layer is locked. I did not put a lock on the layer. I'm ...
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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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Meaning of layer highlight colors in Illustrator

I'm working with some objects on some different layers in Illustrator. In the layers panel shows this: The bluish color is the layer I've selected (my_img_2). I'm curious the meaning of the other two ...
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How to get the color of the shadow in the different blending mode? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to get the equivalent of a color in different blending modes? I have an inner shadow effect applied to a shape with blending mode multiply. How to get the color ...
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Layer blending settings that turns greyscale value into transparency (subtracting lower layers)

I have a photoshop file with many layers. I would like to put one layer on top where I can draw transparency, so that full white (or black) is rendered as 100% alpha, so it subtracts all the 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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Why isn't color burn working on a layer style in Photoshop?

I have a layer with a blending option set to Color Burn and opacity under 91%. It's called Layer 7 is my screenshots. If I download a jpeg of a solid color of red, and put it behind this layer, the ...
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Is there a way to get the equivalent of a color in different blending modes?

I have to make a button with some shadows using HTML/CSS and I've been provided with a PSD file, which has a shape of the button and some effects applied to it. One of the effects is an inner shadow. ...
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Creating a time-lapse effect image from multiple exposures

I am trying to create a single image from multiple photographs taken with the continuous shooting mode on my camera. The images are of a person jumping over a gap in some rocks. What I would like to ...

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