Opening a flattened version of a layered file


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Opening a flattened version of a layered file

This next power shortcut is a little bit obscure, but it's a way to open a layered file as a flattened version, and why would you do that? Well, if you've got several different versions of a document that has many layers in them, the file size can be quite large. So, you may just want to double-check that particular layered file is the one you want. Normally, when you double-click on a file, either in the Desktop or the Explorer or from Bridge, if it's layered, you see the layered file in Photoshop here in the layer stack. I'm going to go ahead and close this. The trick here is if you want to open up a flattened version, you just need to hold down two modifiers. So hold down Shift and Option or Shift +Alt, and if I'm in Bridge, I just double-click.

When you held those keys down, Photoshop says oh, do you want me to read the composite data instead? That means a flattened version of the file there. If I click OK, you'll see it comes in as just a single background ...

Opening a flattened version of a layered file
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Opening a flattened version of a layered file provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Michael Ninness as part of the Photoshop CS4 Power Shortcuts

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