The Rectangular Slicer is a preset from the Geometric Slicer bundle. It allows you to divide your document into rectangular layers or smart objects. The shape is generated by a layer mask. There will be no visible effect! But the splitting is a perfect basis for further processing.
Rows & Columns
You can choose between 1 and 15 elements, which results in up to 225 rectangles. Each rectangle is applied as a layer mask to a copy of the original layer. Keep in mind that only half of the elements will be created if Skip Every Other is active.
Skip every other
This is one of the most useful features in this preset. While the number of elements defines how many rectangles should fit into your document, this options allows you to skip every other rectangles. If you set 10 elements, you will actually get only 5 rectangle layers. There will be also 5 “transparent gaps” where the background shines though.
If Skip Every Other is active, you can choose whether the odd or the even rectangles should be skipped. So, if you have 10 elements and odd is active, rectangle no. 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 will be created.
This option allows you to define whether the layer mask should be linked to a layer or not. If you want to move the content within the shape, you should unlink the layer mask. But if you want to move the whole shape, the layer mask must be linked. Read more about layer masks in this article from Adobe.
With anti-aliasing you can diminish jaggies. Deactivated, the layer mask will have very hard edges. Activated, semi-transparent pixels will be added to smoothen the stair-stepping of the edges. Attention: if two anti-aliased layers are directly next to each other, you can get white or transparent gaps. In this case, we recommend to deactivate anti-aliasing. Read more about aliasing in this article from Adobe.
Defines if the content should be converted to a smart object or kept as a regular layer. Smart objects allow you to work non-destructively. Read more about smart objects in this article from Adobe.
You can define the name for the group. Click on the folder icon and set a color for the group.
All settings can be saved as Custom Presets and accessed easily at any time. Read more about Custom Presets in this article.
With this preset you can create, replace and hide. Read more about the Create Button in this article.