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Flattening Layers

J-P 18 396
23 Mar 2003 1:08AM
Is there a way of selectively flattening layers in Photoshop 7 without flattening the whole lot ?

Say I have 6 layers, and want to flatten 2, 3 and 5, but leave 4 and 6 separately editable.

Possible ?
scorchio 18 129 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2003 3:01AM
Hi J-P Smile
If u make the layers that u want to flatten visble on the layers panel, the go to Layer on the menu bar at top and then click on Merge visible.
Hope that helps.
User_Removed 19 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2003 8:10AM
If you click on the one layer you want to flatten, then go to the Layers menu and use 'Merge Down'. This will flatten just the one layer you have selected with the one beneath it

J-P 18 396
23 Mar 2003 8:28AM
Thanks Guys. I knew there had to be a way. Neil, are you having a sleepless night ? Or are you on the other side of the world like me ?
bppowell 19 2.2k 2 England
23 Mar 2003 10:06AM
You should be able to link the layers you want to flatten, choose the first layer to be linked and make it active then click in the box next to "visible" icon of each of the layers to be linked and then from the layers menu choose merge linked. it is a lot easier to do than to explain.

mad-dogs 18 2.2k England
23 Mar 2003 12:57PM
Drag all the layers that you wish to merge into one group ie. all sequential numbers, switch off all layers not to be merged and then use the pull down menu on the right ( triangle ) of the palette to 'Merge Visible'. If you do this, you can see whether merging these layers will affect the construction of the image.
Difficult to explain but if you have three layers and you wish to merge the top and bottom, the middle layer may be necessary in order to appear 'above' the bottom layer and 'below' the top layer. When top and bottom are merged, then the middle layer can only appear above or below the two merged layers.

A neat way to handle layers is to group the layers and colour the groups using the 'New Layer Set' in the pull down menu on the right of the layers palette. You can drag layers into this group and flatten the groups.


scorchio 18 129 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2003 2:11PM
Hi JP. Im in the U.K. but Im more of a night person. No distractions and blissfully quiet at that time in the morning Smile

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