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Lesson 9. Advanced Layer Techniques > Flattening a layered image

Flattening a layered image

If you plan to send a file out for proofs, it's also a good idea to save two versions of the file—one containing all the layers so that you can edit the file if necessary and one flattened version to send to the print shop. When you flatten a file, all layers are merged into a single background, greatly reducing the size of the file.

First, note the file size in the lower-left corner of the 09Start.psd document window. (If the file size isn't displayed, choose File Size from the menu toward the lower-left corner of the document window.)

The number on the left is the printing size of the image, which is about the size of the saved, flattened file in Adobe Photoshop format. The number on the right indicates the file's approximate size including layers and channels.

Choose Image > Duplicate, name the duplicate file 09Final.psd, and click OK.

Choose Flatten Image from the Layers palette menu. The 09Final.psd file is combined onto a single background.

Now check the file size of the 09Final.psd image. You'll notice that it is significantly smaller than the 09Start.psd image, because it has been flattened onto the background.

Choose File > Save. Then click Save in the Save As dialog box to save the file in Photoshop format.

You've completed the Advanced Layer Techniques lesson. If you like, you can also experiment using layer masks, clipping groups, and adjustment layers with your own work.



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