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Old 01-31-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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PS - Edit alpha channel per layer

I need to be able to edit the alpha channels on different layers separately, but it appears they are linked. If I change the alpha on one layer it will change it on the other as well. I can edit the RGB on both layers separately, but not the alpha. Any way to do this without creating separate PSDs?
Old 02-03-2014, 09:33 PM   #2
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In Photoshop there is no direct method to affect the transparency (alpha channel) of a specific layer. There is a way to convert the transparency to a layer mask, though: Layer->Layer Mask_>From Transparency. That allows you to work on the "alpha channel" per layer. When you are finished apply the layer mask.

A more direct approach is delivered by Photoline: the eraser tool works directly on the transparency/alpha channel, and the drawing tools allow the user to draw in the A (Alpha channel) only. Aside from that, like Photoshop, creating a layer mask based on Alpha is pretty much identical to the process in PS.

Unfortunately, Photoshop does not offer tools to directly draw in the A channel.
Old 02-04-2014, 12:37 AM   #3
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I kinda thought so. Thanks for the layer mask tip.
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