Questions tagged [layers]

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

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How to create a custom shaped gradient?

I have an image that I'd like to blend into another image. Using the gradient tool to draw black on a layer mask works fine, but I'm limited to just straight lines or circles. What I need is a ...
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After making a selection float in GIMP, how to move it in a straight vertical or horizontal direction?

I am doing kerning manually in GIMP, i.e. trying to move letters closer to each other, but my hand movements are not exact enough on my mouse so whenever I move a layer to the left or right, it also ...
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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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Set Background of Adobe Flash Layer to Transparent

Is there a way to make a layer's background transparent? I have a background image that is a little smaller than the frame size, so there is a white line when I export the movie from the layer on ...
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Sketch - Export layers and keep the layer size?

So, I have my layers and when I go to File > Add Slices For Selection to slice the images and then export. They are coming out with the wrong size, if you take the star, it has a width of 40px on ...
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How to create blur on an empty layer in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I'm trying to create a sort sort of semitransparent blur filter image that I can use over some backgrounds on a website. But Photoshop doesn't let me to do so on an empty layer. Is there a work around?...
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How to quickly move one layer to a different group in large Photoshop files, without dragging?

Large website design with many, many layers. Need a way to move one element to the new designated group without dragging forever in the layers palette.
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Are there slice compositions similar to layer compositions?

Photoshop offers the feature of layer compositions. I can store different layer states within them and easily switch between them. In one, a certain layer is invisible and vice versa. Yet once I ...
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Novice on adding Layers: when is a project “done”?

I have been studying graphic design, illustration, color theory, etc, for the better part of 2 years now, including going on PDSTutsPlus, and it strikes me that higher level designers use multiple ...
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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.
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Stroke just one path in single layer independently

This is a Photoshop question. I created a rectangle in a layer. Then I copied it and moved it until it touched the first one along an edge. I would like to be able to stroke each rectangle ...
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Vector mask adjustment layer in Photoshop

I'm working on a calendar. I have a grid of rectangle shapes that outline the days. I'm trying to make a different adjustment layer for each day applied to a background. It's basically working fine....
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Why can't I arrange layers in illustrator?

I'm working on a design with layered text. I want to have a word on top of another and when I select the layer and go to arrange > bring to front it won't do it. I've tried sending the rest of the ...
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How can I copy a layer a specified number of times?

I want to copy a layer 77 times. How can I do this quickly to avoid repetitive work?
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How to achieve special effect with layers in Paint.NET?

I am more a developer and not a graphic designer, and because I really don't do this kind of stuff often (more like once in two years or so) I don't want spend a lot of money on tools i'm not going to ...
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Photoshop Drag Deselect?

Is there an easy way to drag deselect layers using auto-select? I often use drag select to select layers, but often this ends up select other layers that happen to partially overlap. I'd like to be ...
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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 and ...
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Applying color to multiple objects in Photoshop CC [duplicate]

I have multiple objects that I would like to all have the same color. That way, when I change the color of the 'master' object, all the rest would also change. I am sure this is straightforward, but ...
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How to create an action to copy a text layer across documents?

In PS CS6, I am trying to create an action to copy a text layer from one document to another document to sit in the same location. Document size are same each other. I couldn't find a way how to ...
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How to isolate layer effects into their own layer

I've put some nice effects on a layer in Photoshop, and the effect is repeated across several layers. Now, I have to cut it up for the web, and I want to be efficient with how I display the effect. ...
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Search for layers by name in inkscape

Pressing Ctrl+f in the layer window shows a popup in the same window. It looks like a search dialog but it doesn't work. Does anyone know how to search for layers by name in inkscape ?
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Photoshop, duplicate layer order down (instead of up)

I'm working with Photoshop for over 10 years already but can't find this simple thing: When I'm creating repeatable objects I always duplicate folders and work my way from up to the bottom. When ...
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How to be sure that a layer is completely empty?

I've got a .psd file with multiple layers. Some layers "seem" empty. I say seem because I cannot see any element on them but I am not sure that there aren't some 1px elements. How can I be sure that ...
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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. ...
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Apply an “anti-aliasing” effect to a layer in Photoshop CC

I am aware this type of thing is probably very general knowledge, but after reading some tutorials I can't seem to get things right. I am a programmer, but have been tasked with some minor UI tweaks. ...
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illustrator: create new layers from intersection of other layers?

I have two path shapes. They overlap in some places and do not overlap in other places. I want to create new layers for every place where the existing shapes overlap and new layers for every where ...
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How to place an ai file behind photoshop layer CS6 [closed]

I'm working with Photoshop and AI files, both of which are pretty new to me. When placing an AI file on my image, it creates a layer just as I would expect. However, the layer shows up in front of all ...
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Slicing a flat bitmap in Fireworks, exporting each slice with full canvas size and transparent background

I have a large image that I want to cut up in to 25px * 25px squares. I haven't used web slices before created a square slice, copy/pasted it in all the places I needed it, then selected them all and ...
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Making GIF in GIMP from set of PNG's, resulting in the screen filled with all layers

I have imported a set of PNG'S as layers by calling FILE > OPEN AS LAYERS And I get the result: All the layers are oddly cascaded on top of each other So when I got to export it, I get this: What ...
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Resize a shape layer with a corner radius, without changing the radius? [duplicate]

This is something that I have struggled with for years. If I create a shape layer with rounded edges - for example with a 10px radius - if I resize the overall shape then the corner radius grows with ...
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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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Is there a way to show areas not covered by any layers in GIMP?

Does The GIMP have some sort of function to highlight areas of the background where that are not overlapped by any layers? I'm making a sprite for CSS, and I have a lot of pics with different sizes. ...
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How can I fix screenshots with subpixel rendering?

When taking a screenshot of some text with subpixel rendering, the result is very ugly, especially in print. Obviously, the best way to avoid this is to deactivate that option before taking the ...
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How do I copy a layer with its applied effects?

How do I copy a layer in Photoshop in the traditional method of selecting an area and CtrlC while maintaining the layer and it's applied effects? I don't want to drag and drop the layer; I prefer the ...
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Best Practice : Adobe Illustrator Layer Setup

I've worked in Illustrator for years... not professionally. I'm starting to charge for my services, and started wondering. I've taken an Illustrator class at my local college, and designed hundreds of ...
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Photoshop - Hiding layers for exporting slices

I want to set certain layers to be hidden when exporting a slice. More specifically, I have a banner slice with a headline within it. On the actual HTML page, that headline is actual text displayed ...
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Disable link to copied smart objects

I have several smart objects I want to duplicate and preserve the layer style. However, when I modify one of the objects it also changes every copied smart object to match the modified one. Is there ...
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How to separate layer styles on to their own layers?

I know how to do this for all of the layer styles of a particular layer - I simply hover over any of them, right-click and click "Create Layers" from the contextual menu. Does anybody know how/if it'...
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How to create new image from a group of layers of the exact size as the biggest layer extends? (Cropping in photoshop)

I am trying to crop an element in photoshop and I want to make sure it is perfect. I have a PSD that has many web elements that are grouped together nicely. I want to create a new image with the same ...
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How can I add two gradient layer styles photoshop

I made a rectangular shape. I set it's layer style to gradient overlay and the layer mode to multiply. It looks great with one layer, the one on the left. However when I make another shape and ...
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Photoshop: Switch visibility between two layers

For example, i got two adjustment layers (A and B). At last, i will only use one of them. While considering which one is better, i can compare them by turning A visible and B invisible, then A ...
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Determine distance between two layers in Photoshop

I have a Photoshop document with several small layers replicated in a vertical stack, each a fixed distance apart. I want to add another copy to the bottom of the stack, the same distance as the other ...
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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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How does one put a rectangular picture inside a round hole in another picture

I have a picture where I have already removed an inner oval portion with the Quick Selection tool. (Am using Photoshop Elements 6.0). I'd like to insert another picture, which is a background, into ...
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Changing position of text in objects from common library & copying layer structure to another file

this is a double question (to avoid wasting space :P) 1: How can I precisely move the text of an element from the common library? I'm currently using a mac text field and after resizing it the text ...
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Why can I not align these two elements?

I am trying to align a text layer to the vector mask directly below it - the top two elements displayed in the Layers Panel in the below image. For some reason, with both layers selected - although ...
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Exporting Layers to Files Without Losing the Effects in Photoshop CS6

Here is the problem. I am doing this work for a company. They wanted me to clean 138 jpeg files and give them back. I opened a psd and put all the files in it. I cleaned all of them. At last, i ...
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Selecting individual layers in Photoshop

Hi :) Does anyone know if there is a way to select individual layers on a canvas in Photoshop without having to select it in the layer window first? I know I've done it before but I can't remember if ...
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Extract image x/y coordinates and width and height info from PDF via IL or PS

We have a professionally designed floor plan in PDF form for an event we are running currently. It is similar to a CAD drawing. We have booths (rectangular squares) drawn on it. I have a colleague ...
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photoshop select all text layers in a group

I know you can select all text layers using 'select similar layers', but is it possible to limit that selection to just the layers within a group?