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

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How to move single layer element?

I have several layers all within a group. When I click a text element with the move tool and try to drag it, everything within the group moves. I can click the text layer and move it with the arrow ...
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How would I take the top layer in a group, and make it's color overlay only show on children in the group?

Not sure if anyone can help, but I'm looking to see if it's possible to do. Can I have a group of layers in Photoshop, fill the entire canvas with a color and have it only show on the children of ...
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Is it possible to use the same layers in multiple files?

I am using Gimp 2 and I have over 50 pictures to edit. I have already edited one picture and I would like to use the same layers on every pic. Is there a way to automatically layer each pic in one ...
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Gimp - Adjusting color level values of layers in batch

I've scanned some book pages and imported them as layers to a single grey scale Gimp image. I need to do some identical Levels adjustments (primarily to correct white point) to each layer prior to ...
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How to make the background of a gif image transparent

I guess there would be two ways to do this: 1. Select all layers and then use Magic Eraser to make bg color transparent(I tried this and photoshop doesn't allow you to erase bg from multiple layers at ...
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Illustrator: how to link layers from Photoshop

Is there a way to link the layers from a PSD file in Illustrator? I have 15+ images in a single PSD file as multiple artboards that I have to edit multiple times. Right now, i edit my images in ...
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Photoshop: how to align multiple layers

I need 3 circles aligned straight. I draw a circle using Ellipse tool. When I draw a second circle, I either draw it in the same layer or I draw it in a new layer. The problem I am facing when I ...
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How to lock all but the selected layer in Illustrator?

Is there a way to lock all but the selected object(s) inside a layer in Illustrator when working with many layers? Instead of individually locking all of them.
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Photoshop: How to duplicate layer and move it into other specific group?

How can I duplicate a layer which is located in a group (folder) and easily move it into other specific group so I can have it nicely organized? Currently I tried duplicating with right click and ...
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Principle: layers flipped when importing from sketch

I have the problem, that certain layers in principle are flipped after I imported from sketch. In Sketch: Outcome in Principle What do I have to do in Sketch to prevent this from happening? I used "...
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Layering SVGs for use with Inkscape

I have the following situation: I have a tool that spits out a number of SVGs¹. I need a script that will convert these into a single Inkscape file such the contents of each original SVG go into a ...
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How to resize canvas and background layer in GIMP?

I want to reduce the canvas size (and the background layer) from 500×500px to 16×16px. How to resize the canvas in GIMP?
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How to export Photoshop file to Illustrator

I have created a graphics in Photoshop CS6 and I saves it in .eps file format, and when I opened it in the Illustrator CC it is not recognizing any element more over if I zoom in the graphics is ...
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In InDesign how can you script to detect a locked object?

I have an InDesign brochure that I'm trying to script against however I'm running into issues. When I try to script against the 100 page brochure I get an: Error Number: 11274; Error String: ...
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Why can't I erase a part in my layer?

I'm hoping that this is the right place to ask, but I've just started out with Adobe Illustrator CS6 and I'm having some 'beginner' issues. If you look at the following: See, I can only erase the ...
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InDesign: script to “paste in place” selected objects to all unlocked layers

I am trying to build a script to "paste in place" all selected objects to all unlocked layers. My attempt is probably nearly there, but something's not working. var myDoc = app.activeDocument; var ...
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InDesign: how to show/hide guides

I have created four guides by dragging out from the rulers, however I cannot see them in my layers panel. The layer they are on does show cues of a selection being made, however. I want to move my ...
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How to mask a layer from a channel in GIMP with Python?

I've been 3 days searching for documentation about python-fu for GIMP 2.8, and the one I find is great, but deprecated. So I'm now stuck at this place: I've created 3 color channels, and want to add ...
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Photoshop: copying multiple layers across documents without drag and drop [duplicate]

I have been trying to create a new action to speed up a process i do which involves copying and pasting layers but Photoshop actions do not record drag and drop and i have been unsuccessful in finding ...
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How to create a bevel/sink effect on a shape

Can anyone explain how to create a bevel and sink effect on a shape like the picture below?
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Help/thoughts needed for merging layers flattens “pixelated” effect

This is what I want, the black pixelated effect: This is what happens after I merge layers: In the top image, the black "pixelated" effect is what I'm after, once merged. The effect flattens into a ...
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How can I get After Effects to recognize newly saved changes in an imported Illustrator file?

I've updated the imported Illustrator file that I am using in After Effects with some new layers and other stuff, but the changes are not seen in my compositions. How can I get my compositions to ...
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How can I easily set the opacity value for several layers within a composition at once for a key frame?

I have been doing this manually, but I believe there should be a way to handle this for multiple layers at once. How can this be done?
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Does After Effects have an outline mode like Illustrator?

I am applying several effects on my layers in After Effects, which make the layers look like one shape. I need to get the outline of this shape, similar to the outline mode in Illustrator. Can this be ...
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Working with animated GIF in Gimp 2.8

I need to edit layers from an imported animated GIF the same as I would on an imported JPG. Is this possible? Using Gimp 2.8 on Windows 7.
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Flatten visible layers into a new one in Sketch

Is there any way to create a new layer which is an image of the flattened visible layers? Basicly the equivalent of Photoshop's Command+Option+Shift+E shortcut in Sketch.
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How to sort artboards by artboard order in the layer list in sketch?

Is there a way to sort artboards in Sketch from left to right according to their order in the layer list? What I mean is doing it without changing the artboard names or reordering them in the layer ...
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How to make a layer of png image without including the transparent part in gimp?

I want to make a layer in gimp, that is just an image that doesn't cover the whole background, but I don't want the rest of the layer to be a transparent surface. I want the layer to end with the ...
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Select or delete multiple layers at once - Inkscape

The title is pretty much self-explanatory. How do you select and or delete multiple layers at once in Inkscape? I've tried holding CTRL and SHIFT while selecting layers, but to no avail. For some ...
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How to set inner glow (vignette) effect size to value bigger than 250

So, I have .PSD document in lower resolution with a background layer that has vignette effect on it. But, when I copy layer style from that layer, the size of inner glow stays the same, ergo, smaller ...
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Gimp: fill cut out photo with photos (2 layer photos)

I want to cut some part of my image and, in the exact place of the cut out portion, place another photo. The image has some text inside, but instead of text place a part of another image. I tried ...
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Copying a background for different variations in Flash

I am used to Gimp and have the ability to make custom brushes and this way greatly reduce the time of animating one animation, but I would like to use Flash and get more serious. I would like to ...
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Is it possible to do “Step and Repeat” on a group of layers at once?

Step and Repeat can be applied to a single layer by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+T. But after I tried it on a group of layers, it is not working; it is repeating the transformation, but not duplicating. ...
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Export layers to files and keep the top layer

I'm trying to add a logo to over 100 images. I have all of the images loaded into a PSD, and the logo as the very first (top) layer, locked into place. Is there an easy way to export layers to files ...
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Gimp: how to combine two images side-by-side

I've recently drawn 2 images and for the final product I need to combine half of each images, one on the left and one on the right, into a single image.
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Change color of a group in Sketch?

Is it possible to change the color of all elements in a group? Currently I have to select each layer in the group to change the color. I wonder if there is a faster way, to achive a color change of ...
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How to export a individual layer with a fixed master layer in Photoshop?

Let's say I have some layers and a single different one, or a group of layers I want to export merged together, in a way that every single exported layer is merged with a specific layer or group of ...
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Copying/Duplicating Multiple Layers in GIMP and Inserting Them

Author of this question. Wasn't registered when I made the question, so I can't mark it as answered or comment on it anymore despite using the same email address. jsbueno's answer on that question was ...
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Moving Multiple Layers in GIMP

I'm not talking about applying a transformation or anything; I want to select multiple layers and physically change their order in the layer list (or whatever it's called). There doesn't seem to be a ...
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Layers missing when exporting to PDF

I have created a business card in InDesign and when I export the card as a PDF or JPG it is missing the background colour and a vector image I created. I have all layers selected when exporting.
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Moving layer to front does not make it visible

I am a newbie trying to design a simple camera icon in Photoshop CC on Mac. I want have two circles, called "Lens" and "Lens rim", as well as the layer "Frame", which is the light grey camera frame. ...
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Photoshop Layer Selection larger than object

New designer here, I'm having trouble with a certain layer in Photoshop CS6. The image "transform controls" or the resizing box around the layer/ Selected area is much larger than the object while ...
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GIMP: How does one use the smaller image in the layer above, to cut out the image in the layer below

I'm using GIMP, and I have a smaller image in the second, above layer. I don't see a way / "Mode" that allows me to use this image to "cut a hole" in the image in the lower layer (matching the shape ...
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Separating text from images in layers

Using graphics programs such as Photoshop or GIMP, I'm trying to understand the tradeoffs between putting text into the same layer as images or in separate layer. For example, if I'm making a button, ...
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Is there any way to check the distance of an object to a locked layer in sketchapp?

I am trying to see the distance of an object to a locked layer in sketchapp; however it just doesn't show the distance once the layer is locked. Do you know whether there is any way to measure the ...
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How to flatten a very complex object in Illustrator?

I have this design I'm working on, I reached this point where the main object is like I want but it got really really complex. Now, I want to keep only visible parts of it (what I see only), and ...
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Scribus: Master Page features lost behind image

I have a Master Page in my document set as a footer, with document name and page number. This appears on most pages. When I paste an image or text frame onto a page with the Master Page applied, the ...
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Quick steps with layers in PS

I'm new here. I was wondering if is there a way to separate the six elements from this layer 1 into six different layers like the image below in a single step. For now I'm using the lasso tools and ...
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How to lock a layer from changes including position changes?

Very standard use-case to lock a layer from unintentional modifications in graphic tools. How is this possible in GIMP? I've tried the "Lock pixels" "Lock alpha channel", also the layer menu doesn't ...
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After Effect - Apply effect on multiple layers

I'm trying to use the CC Burn Film effect in After Effect CC 2015 on two image layers, one on top of the other. As the burn effect seems random, I can't get it to burn with the same aspect the two ...