Groups from Multiple Layers

The old layer sets have gone ... well, not really; they have transmogrified into groups. Layer sets, in case you weren't aware, were used to organize layers. Now when you have too many layers cluttering up the Layers palette or you want to move a cluster of layers up and down the stack together, you can group them. Here are a few things you should know about grouping layers.

■ To group layers—Select the layers and then choose New Group from Layers from the Layers palette menu. Enter a name in the New Group from Layers dialog box (Figure 6-2) or do it later in the Layers palette by double-clicking the default name. You can give the group a color to identify it visually and change the blend mode, if necessary (of course, you can do both later on in the Layers palette as well). Alternatively, if you don't want to see the dialog box, Ctrl+G (Windows), (Mac OS).

■ To delete group and contents—Select the group, hold down Alt (Windows), Opt (Mac OS), and choose Delete Group from the palette. Alternatively, select the group and then Alt-click (Windows), Opt-click (Mac OS) on the Trash icon, or drag the group to it.

■ To ungroup only—Select the group, hold down Ctrl+Alt (Windows), ^+Opt (Mac OS), and then select Delete Group from the palette menu. Alternatively, select the group and then Ctrl+Alt-click (Windows), ^+Opt-click (Mac OS) on the Trash icon, or drag the group to it. Doing so deletes the grouping without affecting the content.

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Figure 6-2: The New Group from Layers dialog box.

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