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How To Merge Layers In Photoshop

how to merge layers in photoshop

Since Photoshop is the standard when it comes to creating and editing artwork, you may be wondering how to merge layers in Photoshop

Well, for that we have a few options, depending on what you actually need. You can merge the layers you selected, the visible ones and you can flatten your layers, but let’s go ahead and take a look at every option and how to do it!

1. Merging The Selected Layers

In order to only merge certain layers, you need to go to your “Layers” panel and select them. Keep in mind that after you merge these layers, any changes you make will affect all of them. Simply keep “Ctrl” pressed while selecting the layers you want merged.

merge layers in photoshop

If you can’t see your “Layers” tab, go to “Window” and select “Layers.” Additionally, you can press “F7” on your keyboard.

Now that we selected the layers we want to work with, it’s time to merge them. Right-click on your layer selection and select “Merge Layers” or “Merge Shapes” depending on the type of layer. 

If you want a specific type of merging on the shapes, you can choose to “Subtract”, “Intersect” and “Exclude” by selecting the shapes and choosing the merging type.

Since this method won’t work for text boxes, if you want to merge that too, you’ll have to go the Layers panel options and select “Merge layers” from there. Additionally, you can press “Ctrl+E” on your keyboard. 

2. Merging The Visible Layers

If you want to merge the visible layers, you will first need to hide the ones you don’t want merged. You can simply do that by clicking on the “hide” button next to each one. The next thing you need to do is select the Layer panel options and select “Merge Visible,” or click “Shift+Ctrl+E” on your keyboard.

3. Flattening Your Layers

Flattening will merge your layers together into the background while reducing the file size. Before you go ahead and do this, you need to make sure that your layers are all visible, as this action will completely delete any hidden layers.

Right click on any layer and select “Flatten Image.” In a matter of seconds, a prompt will open, and you will have to confirm the action. 

merge layers in photoshop

The prompt will ask if you want to discard the hidden layers. If you are sure you don’t need them, just click “ok.”

merge layers in photoshop

When you’re done, you will be left with one “Background” layer. You won’t be able to edit or move any elements in it. 

Out of all these options, you need to choose the one that best suits your need. If you only need a couple of layers merged, then you can use the first option and have everything done very fast. On the other hand, if you need everything merged except for one or two layers, just merge the visible ones. 

You have three ways to merge layers in Photoshop, and all you need to do is add some cool fonts and choose the best option for you!

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