Creating a composite copy of a layer group


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Creating a composite copy of a layer group

As you are probably aware of merging layers is, of course, a destructive action and it may not be what you always want to do. So, give you an example. Let's say that I wanted to run a filter on everything in the backdrop group here. So, this backdrop folder has been made up of four different layers here. I want to run a filter on the composite of these four layers. The problem is that you can only run a filter on one layer at any given time. So, I need some way to create a version that's the accumulation of these particular layers that I can act on it.

If I click on the backdrop layer and do Command+E or Ctrl+E, that merges that and flattens that down so I get my composite result. But I have lost all the individual layers that made up that composite result. So, that's not what I want to do in this context. I'm going to undo that, Command+Z, Ctrl+Z. Instead we are going to use our good friend, that make better key. Hold down Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt on Windows and the...

Creating a composite copy of a layer group
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Creating a composite copy of a layer group provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Michael Ninness as part of the Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts

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Design Photography
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