Merge, Rasterize, and Flatten Layers in Photoshop CC


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Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers

As your documents contain more and more layers, sometimes those file sizes will grow quite large. So people are always asking me when I would want to flatten my image or when I might want to merge layers together in order to save on file size. Honestly, I think that the flexibility that you gain by keeping all of your layers separate far outweighs any decrease in file size that you gain by merging the layers together or flattening the images. But with that in mind, there are a few ways that we can decrease the file size. Let's go ahead and open Composite02, double-click on it, it opens in Bridge, and let's take a look at our Layers panel.

Well, we can see that in the small images group, I have three layers, and all three layers are smart objects. Now, if I'm absolutely positive that these are at the size that they're going to remain, meaning that I'm never going to want to change my mind in the future and scale them up or scale them down then. It might b...

Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers
Video duration: 10m 15s 14h 58m Beginner Updated Oct 06, 2014

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Merging, rasterizing, and flattening layers provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Julieanne Kost as part of the Photoshop CC Essential Training

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Photography
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Photoshop
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