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Old Sep 12, 2004, 11:16 PM   #1
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When working with layers, what is the difference in flattening, merge up and merge down. I have been flattening them, but I would like to know if one way is better than another and why or when. Thanks!
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Old Sep 12, 2004, 11:27 PM   #2
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umm...depends...

wat are you flattening them for?

if you're flattening them to save....you don't need to...

now, flattening the whole image will keep the image looking how it is when you flatten (i hope that makes sense )

if you merge up or down, i'm not sure how it works, but when you merge the two layers, it will take the properties of the one layer......ahh..i can't remember...i'm thinking if you merge down, it will keep the properties of the lower layer...

i'm not positive of this though....

now, i, hardly every flatten....they only reason i could think of that i'd flatten...is to apply lab sharpening....(look at www.luminous-landscape.com for the tutorial on lab sharpening...i think the tutorial name is "sharpening techniques" or something like that)

flattening causes me too many problems...lol

now, i'll ask you....why do you want to flatten?

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Old Sep 13, 2004, 12:27 AM   #3
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photosbyvito wrote:
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umm...depends...

wat are you flattening them for?

if you're flattening them to save....you don't need to...


now, i'll ask you....why do you want to flatten?

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I know I don't "need" to flatten to save, although they are pretty large files if you don't. But if you have one layer with color and one desaturated and erase to reveal color, you can't then adjust the "final" picture overall with for example with a level adjustment, it only adjusts the levels on the one layer not both. Another example is if you cut and paste from another pic you have to flatten or you are just adjusting the paste. I'm pretty good with ps, but I am still learning and am probably going about things all wrong with my trial and failure method of learning. Was just wondering what the difference was.:-)
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Old Sep 13, 2004, 2:57 AM   #4
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Hi

Layer>Flatten flattens all the layers
Layers>Merge down only flattens the selected layer in the layers pallette with the one immediatly below it.
'Merge Visible' and 'Merge Linked' do exactly what they say.

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Old Sep 13, 2004, 3:11 AM   #5
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AAAHHHH Thanks Brian, makes sense now.
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Old Sep 13, 2004, 8:24 AM   #6
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ok ok...that makes sense go cubs!.....lol...didn't even think of that

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"lol! i thought you meant, like, merge down one by one until you flattened the whole thing...lol

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"thanks brian,

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