Cannot Align Semi-Transparent Items?

Windows Vista, Photoshop CS2.

Steps to repeat:

  1. Create new document
  2. Fill a circle on a new layer
  3. Drop opacity of filled circle to 10%
  4. Create new empty layer below circle layer
  5. Merge empty layer with filled circle layer
  6. Select entire canvas
  7. Attempt to align layers to selection
    layer > align layers to selection > vertical centers

I get the following error:

Could not complete the Vertical Centers command because there are no layers to be moved.

Clearly this is not true, as I'm selecting the layer with the semi-translucent ball on it. Now, if you had tried this same command prior to step 5 (when the layer was at 10% opacity) it would have worked.

Is there some way around this problem? I need to move layers around that begin as transparent items, with a layer opacity at 100% where 100% of the layers opacity results in showing objects that are themselves not-very opaque.

I've confirmed on another machine that this problem doesn't exist in CS3. I may exist in earlier copies of Photoshop, but I only have access to CS2 (has the problem) and CS3 (does not have the problem).


Can you align the layers prior to merging them? (By selecting the applicable layers together, but merging them after the align.) I know that's probably an obvious one. :(

(I just confirmed that this error occurs on my computer using Adobe Photoshop CS2.)


i had a somewhat similar problem with cs4 in that messing with transparencies caused unexpected/illogical behavior; now, i havent used cs2 but try this: instead of making the layer with the object transparent, apply a layer effect of transparency; then try to move it around or whatever is needed; if that doesnt work, save the item as a transparency before attempting to align; again, i am not sure these features exist in cs2, but this just sounded like a similar problem i had;

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