How to Merge a Photoshop Layer

Are you wondering how to merge a Photoshop layer? When creating effects in Photoshop, there will come a time when you will need to merge layers. Remember that the reason that you have layers is so that you can have supreme control over any manipulations that you apply to your image. So before taking any further steps, think about whether it is time to sacrifice that control. Also, check that the opacity levels are well balanced when you view all of the layers you are about to merge. 

How to Merge Layers

Go to your layer window and click on the arrow in the upper right hand corner. Select "Flatten Image" from the drop down if you wish to merge all of your layers.  If you only want to merge select layers, get out of the drop down and look at the list of layers. Deselect visibility on only the layers you do not want to merge by clicking the left-most-box next to each layer's name. 

The absence of the eye indicates that the layer is hidden. Now, go back to the drop down and select "Merge Visible." If you change your mind, then you can trash the record from the history window. Accomplishing a merge is simple, but there are many things to consider beforehand.


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