Questions tagged [layers]

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

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Adobe Illustrator not printing layers

I have created a plat map for my job. Problem is, I have multiple layers for advertisements, a map, my rulers, & borders. I have been trying to print this map for 2 days & it will NOT print ...
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How to create a realistic shadow like in this image below? Super Realistic one

I want to create a realistic shadow effect to my products like in this image. Original: The problem is I can't understand the process of creating this kind of shadow from layer structure. The layer ...
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Inkscape Mac: how to organize objects in the same layer

If I understand if I want to create a mask all the objects must be in the same layer. (if previously are in different layers, they move to one layer only). I find difficult to keep organized when I ...
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Illustrator: Stop drop shadows appearing on artboard

I'm looking remove the shadows shown in the below diagram so that the shadow only appears on the line it's over and not the background artboard. My fix for 'removing' the shadow from the diagram ...
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Remove selection from layer in an svg

I'm a complete amateur and just googling my way around but I'm a bit lost with the current task. I'm editing the following SVG graphic in Inkscape: https://chaosdata.deviantart.com/art/BackTrack-...
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Photoshop: how to create this glitché effect?

This effect is from Glitché iOS app. I tried various methods from dissolve (move RGB layers, copying many layers of one pic), distortion filters and still don't get something close to these pictures.
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Illustrator CS6: Difference between layer and sublayer

I was wondering if there was any difference between having objects in layers or in sublayers. Why I am asking -- I always thought it was just a matter of organization and I could manipulate with both ...
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How to apply a filter to a layer and its mask at the same time (in a single pass)?

I have a layer with a mask and I'd like to modify the contents of both using a filter (e.g. Filters -> Distorts -> IWarp). The problem is that I can only edit one of them at a time and reapplying that ...
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Invisible layer in Illustrator CC

I'm very new to Illustrator CC. I did something to make layer 2 invisible and I don't know how to undo it. A picture is worth a thousand words..
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Is there a way to scale layers relative to their individual boundaries in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I am wondering if there is a way, in Photoshop CC, to select multiple layers and then resize them relative to their current location. For example, if I have 2 equal sized squares next to each other, ...
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gimp : move a curved text layer, not just only borders of selection

I would like to move a curved text with Gimp. Here's below the current text to move (zoomed) : For instant, I can move it but after, the old text remains (filled in white) and I can just have the ...
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Envelope Distort a Group Objects in Illustator [closed]

I have a collection of objects inside a layer. Looks something like this: Now I need to make Envelope Distortions to the entire layer, so that it looks realistic on all object. But the problem is on ...
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How can you put CGI effects behind a character from a video? [closed]

I'm looking into doing some special effects editing, and i have a lot of experience in 3D. If i take video where there is a character and a background, how could i put 3D objects between the ...
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How can I map all black pixels in a greyscale image to alpha so that it looks the same over a black background? [duplicate]

I have a grayscale image, and I want to make all the black pixels transparent, keep all the white pixels the same, and make all the grey pixels partially transparent based on how dark they are. In ...
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How do I operate on multiple layers at once in GIMP?

I have a image file which has a large number of card images, each in its own layer. I would like to crop these images to the proper size with rounded-rectangle corners. (I got the images as formatted ...
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Multi-layer asset management in studio environment

I work with a team of 10 designers, producing product and packaging for stationery, electronics and toys. We pretty much exclusively use Illustrator CC. We need an elegant and robust system for ...
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How to export a layer without cropping my entire image

I often take screenshots, but then only want to export a portion of the screenshot instead of the entire thing. I know I can crop the image, but I was wondering if there was a way I could export a ...
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Extracting/expanding smart objects with filters in Photoshop?

What I'm trying to do is, I have multiple layers (lineart and color) that I want to liquify at the same time visually. So I converted my layers into a Smart Object. Then, I apply Liquify filters ...
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Layers intersecting each other with 3D Layer (after effects)

I have two layers, one for red bar, and another for the photograph. The red bar is above the photograph, but when i animate with 3D Layer, both layers intersect each other. The photograph is going up,...
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Photoshop: how to change color of shape

I have a layer filled with some color. I want to change this color without rasterizing.
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Merging layers with various blend modes [closed]

I tried to merge three layers with Blend Modes - Normal, Dissolve, Screen respectively. But the image completely differs from what it should be. How do I merge layers with various Blend Modes in ...
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Trying to create a certain 'controller' button effect but can't quite figure out what to do

So what I'm trying to do is make a button that has this kind of controller button effect, with the indent of the button holding, and the rounded edges, here's an example: But I can't quite figure out ...
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GIMP - Adding new layer blocks image below

I have a JPG image, then I add a new layer on top, with Mode: Color, and fill with color red. I get what I want, where the image below shows through: But when I do the exact same thing on another ...
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How to create an 'impression' effect in Illustrator

I am wondering how to create an impression effect in illustrator. If you take a look at the attached jpg, I am hoping to make this cloud look as if it has been impressed upon the magenta background. ...
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Remove content behind layer

I have 3 layers in a Photoshop file: Background Content Frame - this layer contains a 100px x 50px frame. I need a border around them (150px x 100px) that removes content layer in this area. I tried ...
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How to crop other layers to a selection from a different layer? Photoshop [duplicate]

In photoshop, let's say I have 3 layers. Layer A and B have default background images. In layer C, I make the shape of something, let's say a car. I select the outline using the Quick Selection Tool. ...
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How can I quickly delete multiple layers in GIMP?

I have an animated .gif open in GIMP with 48 different layers. In Photoshop I can quickly select and delete layers multiple layers at once, but it seems that this isn't possible in GIMP. My current ...
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Photoshop: unable to nudge a text layer

I am getting this error in Adobe Photoshop CC when I try to nudge my text layer with the arrow keys. I was able to nudge them before in the same work session, but now they won't budge, nudge, or move ...
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Selecting a layer automatically selects the Quick Mask channel

Currently, when I click on a layer, it automatically changes the channel to Quick Mask, which prevents me from working with the layer. Does anyone know which setting needs to be turned off in order to ...
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How to add a specified gap in a object stroke without separating the two?

I feel like this should be a simple technique, but I haven't been able to find information on it. So basically what I'm wanting to do is add any number of gaps in any place along a stroke on an object,...
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Gimp - How can I make a selection go through multiple layers?

I'm using a text layer and selecting the text to delete out of a white background layer so i can have transparent text with images behind the text. I have a drop shadow effect on the white background ...
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Can I have layers with different pixel resolution in Photoshop?

I use Photoshop for pixel art. When I have a reference photo, I'd like to be able to use that image as the background and start drawing my pixel art on a layer on top of it. The thing is, the best ...
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How do I add the transparent white layer that the picture I've attached have?

I need to edit an ad and I saw a design that got my attention. I want to add this layer of transparent white to a picture that I have. How would I do that so the end result is similar to the one below?...
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Can you hide layers from the layer panel in Photoshop?

I want to create a template in Photoshop and hide certain layers from the layer panel so they cannot be edited. Is this possible?
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Layer mode – the theory behind overlay

I’m inquiring about the overlay mode, in one of its applications: emboss sharpening. Particularly, a layer above can be overlayed to the layer beneath when it is applied with a suitable emboss filter ...
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Blending Edges of Two Layer Images?

I've ran into a predicament in Gimp 2.8, trying to figure out how to blend two edges of an image together. I have three different layers, two of them I'm wanting to blend together, and one I'm wanting ...
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What is the shortcut for duplicating a layer to a new document?

In Photoshop the shortcut CTRL + J can be used to duplicate a layer or multiple layers within a document. Is there a similar shortcut to duplicate a layer to a new document? I am aware that one can ...
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How to color fill clipping masks on a template?

I am trying to create a sail sign by using the template provided here: https://www.creativebanner.com/Product/Select?Sku=191384&productId=4740&returnUrl=%2FProduct%3FIndex%3D0%26Available%3D14%...
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Is there a way to enable smart guides when moving a layer with your keyboard in Photoshop?

So I just started Photoshop and I'm using the pink lined smart guides to align all of my content. The problem is, they're only active when I drag a layer with my mouse, which is hard to do because I ...
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How to save out multiple layered PSD language versions?

I have 14 display ad PSD files. Each file has approximately 15 design solutions (layers), divided into 3 style types. Each of these layers needs to be saved out 5 times for different language versions....
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What are the two blue boxes above and below my outline?

I'm animating a rocketship in After Effects, and I'm sure I've prepared the artwork in Illustrator correctly. If you take a look at this video at 2:45, he creates shapes from vector layers. But when ...
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Automate Adding Individual Reveal All Mask to Many Layers in Photoshop?

In Adobe Photoshop CC, what's a fast way to add individual default masks (Reveal All) to every layer in a document with a large layer count (say 100 layers)? I need individual masks, not group masks. ...
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(Illustrator) How to avoid including an item in an expanded Group or Layer when moving it in the Layers Panel?

I just migrated from CS5 to CC and am being frustrated by an apparent removal of functionality of the Layers panel. I am habituated to the behavior in CS5 that allowed me to move an item to the bottom ...
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(Photoshop) How do I get rid of grid/pixels every time I draw with brush tool?

I searched and did everything like going to the preference and turning off the transparency grid, changing the snap to, unchecking the extra....and creating a new document setting the grid to none. I ...
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How can I draw a hoop with both halves on different layers?

I'm trying to learn more about layers and fills in Illustrator. I have a ball and two ellipses in the shape of a hoop. Problem 1: How can I get a fill into the space between the two ellipses? ...
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Is it possible to remove a selection box around a path?

I'm trying to wrap my head around how paths and selection boxes work in illustrator. I created a half-ellipse using the ellipsis tool in a layer on top of another circle. The left part of this half-...
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Merging adjustment layers with each layer below individually

How can I apply and merge one adjustment layer to each layer below it separately? (Each individual layer should be merged with the adjustment layer, but still be it's own layer) I don't want to merge ...
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How to achieve this Photoshop effect on a letter?

I'd like to know how this beautiful "letter image" I found on web was done: I have attempted with Photoshop CS6 using two Layers and a nice texture to achieve the text, but the result is approximate. ...
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Inkscape transparent layers on top

I have the following vector plot and I would like to add an vector inset to the plot. On adding the inset, the plot appears like this. How to make the inset layer as transparent or any relevant ...
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Photoshop cs6 unintentional cropping problem

Elements in photoshop cs6 are being cropped if placed outside the canvas borders. So when I drag that layer elsewhere, the rest of the element is gone. Is there any way to stop this happening and to ...

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