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What is the deal about grouping layers, i read a lt about it in magazines but last time i tried it i got in a tangle,
once i have 4 layers grouped, can i still make alterations to the grouped layers individually? what is the advantage of grouping layers?
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Not sure of all the uses for grouping but I often use photoshop grouping for designing screen layouts. A button might consist of 3 or 4 layers (background, text, shine efect, etc). Once I have the button looking right I group the layers then I can copy that group and move them about as one, yet still be able to edit them.
Quote: what is the advantage of grouping layers?
Basically when you have some layers that all need to be moved/sized together then groups help - also if you have loads of layers in a file it helps you keep track of them all.
Quote: once i have 4 layers grouped, can i still make alterations to the grouped layers individually?
I find it a useful feature - occasionally.
My main use of grouping layers is when I am working on a mono conversion of a colour image. All the layers that go into the mono conversion - e.g. Separate curve layers and dodge burn layers needed in the mono, but not the colour image, and the mono conversion itself can be usefully grouped. This allows me to make adjustments/edits to each layer in the group should I wish, but to also turn off the group entirely by clicking the visibility icon against the group in the layers palette.
Also useful if you want to apply a single layer mask to multiple layers. You can move the sub-layers around independently of the layer mask, which can be useful in some situations too.
Quote: Also useful if you want to apply a single layer mask to multiple layers.
Isn't that only available on CS6, apply layer mask to the group?
Nah - all versions Cole
I use them a lot when using alpha channel masks - say you've done a curves layer with an alpha channel mask, you may want to mask out bit of that.... if you start changing the Alpha mask and screw up, you can't go back that easily - so I pop the curves layer into a group, then add a mask the the group and edit that mask instead of the alpha channel one
All done in actions - just record it once, use over and over with no fuss
Woah!!! You know I haven't understood a single sentence in the last three posts. I think I need to brush up on my photoshop skills!
Ah, my mistake.
I think it is Layer Style/Effect on Group that is available on CS6.
Lots of interesting idea's, thanks guys.
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