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How can I crop a single layer in Photoshop?

I can't believe no one suggested this yet: Just use the rectangular marquee to select what you want to crop down to, and COPY it to your clipboard. Then delete the entire layer and PASTE what you ...
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How does one actually *use* a dark frame?

Straight away I should mention that lunar photography is different that astrophotography of deep-sky objects. The types of frames you are describing (calibration frames) are extremely helpful for ...
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Can 30 1-second exposures be combined to a form the equivalent of a single 30s exposure?

I didn't have enough "reputation" to address some of these answers as comments. AJ Henderson is wrong, 30 1s exposures will (for the most part) be identical to 1 30s exposure. If it shows up in a ...
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How to make a layer fade to transparent?

On the top layer, add a layer mask (Layer > Mask > Add layer mask, and initialize to white). Create a black to white gradient on the mask (black is the transparent side). When doing so, if you ...
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How to scatter small items like leaves on the ground

I would like to address cat picture specifically. If with other images it is possible to position objects precisely, cat might show character and mess things up. To go around this, I guess, ...
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How to scatter small items like leaves on the ground

The fastest way is to get the leaves/objects, add them around the object and take the photo. On such way you will not need to carry about the shadows, they will be on the right place and direction. Of ...
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Do jpgs have "layers"?

At least in my computers (Windows, various versions) editing a .jpg file in Photoshop and saving it creates a situation where, if there is some type of embedded thumbnail, Photoshop does not update it,...
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Can 30 1-second exposures be combined to a form the equivalent of a single 30s exposure?

Fundamentally you're capturing the same amount of light in either case so the results should be the same. Practically, there are 2 differences between stacking 30 one second exposures and shooting ...
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How to create the equivalent of an Adjustment Layer in an editor that does not support it?

This has been asked and answered three years ago, but I'd like to refine the difference between the two types of layers. The normal layers in Photoshop are like you said "image layers", personally I ...
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How do I generate a mask of the skin tones in an image?

The high pass filter is not something that can generate a mask of the skin tones within an image, hence why you wouldn't see much success trying to use it for this purpose. One possible solution ...
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Is it possible to add manual control before auto-aligning layers in Photoshop?

I've never had a reason to do this but to my knowledge there's no automatic way within Photoshop. You would need to just manually refine them as required. However, if you have the entire Adobe ...
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How to scatter small items like leaves on the ground

As this is a photography forum, go and prepare your leaves. Not only bring them home but probably put some weight to it; a sticky tape and a piece of playdoh so they do not move when you or the ...
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Underwater: Edit and Join separated layers smoothly

Is this only pure picture and color grading? The image has obviously been heavily edited in Photoshop or similar. The background has been entirely replaced. Part of the diver's shirt has been ...
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How to adjust HSL values on specific areas of photo using adjustment brush in Lightroom and Camera Raw?

As far as I know, the only values that can be brushed are the ones shown in the brush. I would guess that Adobe feels the others are out of the scope of lightroom, which is "only" a image editing tool,...
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How do I change the background layer default color to white?

Change the background color to white as shown in the reference image.
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How do I change the background layer default color to white?

Press the "D" key. This will reset to the default background color of white, and foreground color of black. You can also press "X" to switch them back and forth. After you have done that, a new ...
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How to make a layer fade to transparent?

What you can do is to use Layer Mask. Add the mask to edited layer, (eventually fill it with black ) then apply some gradient to the mask. When play with mask use black, white (and gray). This make ...
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Can 30 1-second exposures be combined to a form the equivalent of a single 30s exposure?

This explains how to merge multiple short exposures to mimic the effect of a longer exposure. It's aimed at emulating ND filter photos but the principal should be the same. The basic premise is to ...
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How do you merge two HDRs in two layers in the same image?

First of all, when making a lightprobe, the images need to be taken at 90-degrees from each other, not opposite sides of the sphere. If you take them 180-degrees from each other, the bits you want to ...
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Reducing a Multi Image Scan to separate tiff's lossless - photoshop

I think you're making this way too complicated. Just make four copies of each scanned TIFF in the operating system (you could write a shell script or batch file to do this for you), and then just open ...
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Why do my colours completely fade when I merge layers or export to jpeg?

It is due to the way PS flattens an image; by default it (sometimes?) preserves the layer masks; and the underlying layer's mask will mask the layer above. If you attempt to merge/flatten only two ...
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How do I create a mask to select only a particular color in Photoshop?

Right click your mask layer and click Blending Options (also accessible if you double click the blank area to the right of the layer name, though I often accidentally select the layer name when I try ...
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How to adjust HSL values on specific areas of photo using adjustment brush in Lightroom and Camera Raw?

Although quite laborious, one way to get to where you want to go would be to edit the raw file globally in Lightroom and export a separate version of the entire photo edited specifically for each of ...
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Can't open TIFF in camera raw/Nik Color EFX

Color Efex Pro does not work on RAW images natively. If you are starting from a RAW image with either Aperture or Lightroom, the application will generate a rasterized (RGB) image from your original ...
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Reducing a Multi Image Scan to separate tiff's lossless - photoshop

Photoshop already comes with the right tool for you: From the file menu, select Automate/Crop and Straighten photos - voila, you should now have them in separate images. Saving them all as TIFF can ...
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Is there a way to shoot from the camera directly to a Photoshop layer?

A workarround. If you are using windows, there is a cuple of mini programs that turn any aplication transparent. http://www.ghostwindows.com/ (I will post later another I had some time ago) So you ...
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Why does my focus stack result in a blotchy background?

Without seeing your layer masks I can't say for sure, but it looks like the auto-masking is combining out-of focus backgrounds. I recommend reading about layer masking; then, clean up the masking so ...
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How can I simulate a bayer filter (or just RGB channels) using photoshop layers?

How can I essentially combine pure red, green, and blue info in 3 layers to create full color? You have to start with pure 'Red', pure 'Green', and pure 'Blue' color information. But that's not what ...
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How can I simulate a bayer filter (or just RGB channels) using photoshop layers?

When talking about blending the layers, creating 3 layers with red/green/blue data and choosing a blend mode of Difference can achieve what you want.
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How do I change the background layer default color to white?

If you mean the colour of the background of newly created images that setting is in the new dialogue called Background Contents where you can tell photoshop to create the new image with a specific ...

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