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The most common reason for linking layers is to preserve their relative positions. When layers are linked, their content can be moved as a unit. You've also seen how to create a new layer set from linked layers. However, you can also link layers to align or distribute them or to merge them.

  • Here's how to align or distribute linked layers:

     
    1.
    In the Layers palette, make one layer active by clicking on it. Remember that if you're aligning the content of a Background layer, it must be an active layer—it can't move, so it must be the key layer.

    2.
    Position that layer exactly where you want it in the image (unless you're using a Background layer as the key layer).

    3.
    Leave that layer active and click in the second column next to the layers you want to align to the active layer. You should see a link icon in the column.

    4.
    Select the Move tool from the Toolbox or press V on the keyboard.

    5.
    In the Options Bar, click the appropriate button. The buttons' symbols show how they will align the layers.

  • Here's how to merge linked layers:

     
    1.
    Click in the second column next to all the layers you want to combine.

    2.
    From the Layers palette menu or the Layer menu, choose the Merge Linked command. The keyboard shortcut is (Command-E) [Ctrl+E].


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