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Chapter 7. LAYERS > Merging and flattening

Merging and flattening

The sad truth is, most file formats other than Photoshop (.psd), Photoshop PDF (.pdf) and advanced TIFF (.tif) don't support multiple layers. In order to export your file to another application, it's going to have to get flattened. We think the best way to do this is to save a flattened copy of it using File menu > Save as with the As a Copy box checked (the layered version will remain open). This way, the layered version will be preserved forever and for all time so you can overwork it to death at some later date.

If you're the cocky sort and you're positive your image is totally and completely done, finis, you can flatten it yourself down into the Background using the Flatten Image command (see page 140). Actually, since flattened files are smaller than layered files, flattening the stuff you're done is a good way to free up storage space—if you happen to need storage space. (That reminds us how times have changed. We had to save our first book, QuarkXPress layout, illustrations, and all, onto twelve floppy disks!)


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