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Lesson 5. Layer Basics > Flattening and saving files

Flattening and saving files

When you finish editing all the layers in your image, you can merge or flatten layers to shrink the file size. Flattening reduces all the layers into a single background. However, you shouldn’t flatten an image until you are certain that you’re satisfied with all your design decisions. Rather than flattening your original .psd files, it’s a good idea to save a copy of the file with its layers intact, in case you need to edit a layer later.

To appreciate what flattening does, notice the two numbers for the file size in the bar at the bottom of the application window (Windows) or image window (Mac OS).


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