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grouping layers


tepot 10 4.4k United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 3:14AM
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?

Terry.

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lobsterboy e2
11 14.3k 13 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 8:23AM
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?

yes
sherlob e2
8 2.4k 126 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 8:44AM
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.

Adam
tommythecat e2
8 147 2 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 10:12AM
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.
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
28 Aug 2012 10:13AM

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?
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
28 Aug 2012 10:51AM
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 Wink

All done in actions - just record it once, use over and over with no fuss
sherlob e2
8 2.4k 126 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2012 11:01AM
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!
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
28 Aug 2012 11:31AM
Ah, my mistake.
I think it is Layer Style/Effect on Group that is available on CS6.
tepot 10 4.4k United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 5:45PM
Lots of interesting idea's, thanks guys.

Terry.

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