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156 Points

Wed, Nov 20, 2013 1:55 PM

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PS CC: Missing Merge Layers to Top

PS CC: Merge Layers to Top (missing command in Layers).

Under Layers there are three options: Merge Visible, Merge Layers, Flatten.

Commands from PS CS6: Shift+Opt+Cmd+e, or, Cmd+Shift+Opt+e will merge layers to the top, while leaving the layers below - visible. (Mac OS 10.9)

Merge Visible layers appear to be no different than Merge Layers: all the layers appear merged.

I have read the layers are hidden with Merge Visible. Get it!? I don't.

Adobe should add Merge Layers to Top under Layers in the tool bar.

Thank You..

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384 Points

7 years ago

I never used this keyboard shortcut before, but it seems like it is exactly the same as hitting CTRL+A, followed by CTRL + SHIFT + C, then followed by CTRL + V?

Seems like you could make an Action for that and assign the keyboard shortcut of your choosing.

123 Messages

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2.5K Points

7 years ago

Merge Layers only appears when you've got more than one layer selected. Merge Visible merges all visible layers; i.e. if you've got hidden layers, they won't be merged.

What you're looking for is Stamp Visible, which is still in CC, but for some reason has NEVER shown up in the Layers menu, don't ask me why. The keyboard shortcut is still Shift+Opt+Cmd+E. Or you can hold down the option key while selecting Merge Visible in the Layers menu.

The procedure Jeremy mentions above is another way to achieve essentially the same result. Cmd+A selects the entire canvas, Shift+Cmd+C copies the merged layers (the composite image of all visible layers), and Cmd+V pastes it all into a new layer.

That said, there are times when Shift+Opt+Cmd+E won't work - for example when you've targeted a hidden layer, trying to invoke Stamp Visible just fails without any indication why.

6 Messages

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156 Points

Joel and Jeremy, thank you for replying. I'll make note of the commands you've outlined.

What is the purpose of Merge Visible? My understanding the layers are hidden. How is this helpful?

Merge Layers and Merge Visible seem to do the same thing?

Thanks,

Mikki

123 Messages

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2.5K Points

Merge Visible merges all your visible layers, so if you've got no layers hidden, it does the same thing as Merge Layers does when you've got all layers selected. If you've got some layers hidden, however, they won't be merged (nor discarded) using Merge Visible.

Under the same circumstances, Flatten Image would merge the visible layers, discard the hidden layers, and turn the merged layer into a Background (locked) layer.

Merge Layers merges only the layers currently selected in the Layers panel.