Photoshop: Quick Export option to disable transparency trimming

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There should be an option to disable the automatic trimming of exported elements to their transparency.
The trimming makes it problematic to easily place the exported elements in other softwares, e.g. 3D and compositing.
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Henning Krol

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Divya Manian, Employee

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Hi Henning can you tell me how the trimming makes it problematic? Perhaps a screenshot would be helpful. 
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Henning Krol

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Yes, I can.
For example I have the following 3D projection setup:



In my Photoshop file I have two layers. The bottom one has the soccer ball painted out so it doesn't get projected onto the grass and gets visible when I move my 3D camera.



If I quick export the ball, it gets trimmed to the transparency of the layer and will not sit right on the ball in my 3D scene without changing the projector (zooming, panning and scaling (which would be idiotic)).

Here's how the projector "sees" the 3d scene, projecting the trimmed ball onto it:


I hope this does make it clear that although the trimming feature may be very helpful for many tasks, in this case it is not at all.
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Henning Krol

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btw: I hope this thread doesn't get less important in the urgency ranking if I just click on the happy smiley ;)
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Agree. Please give option to NOT TRIM. For video and compositing work leaving the full frame size is necessary (for example 1920x180 HD) otherwise every trimmed asset will have to be hand placed to the pixel on the timeline with AE, PP, Avid, FCP, etc.

WORK AROUND - I have found that "padding" the layer works for full frame Quick Exports but creates two additional steps.
1. Create full screen Layer Mask (not Vector, must be Reveal All Layer Mask)
2. Quick Export as PNG
3. Delete Layer Mask.

Additional WORK AROUND - Use File | Export | Quick Export as PNG will give you full frame PNG (no trimming) but there are two caveats:
1. This will export all visible layers (for single layer you will have to turn off others)
2. The File name will be the name of your PSD not the name of your layer.

Brad
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im also having an issue with "quick export PNG" and "export as" cropping transparency in the smart object. My assets are used in web and need to be saved out in a certain size. export as and quick export as png is cropping the file and not saving the complete dimensions of the smart object.  I can not find a way to turn that off. I am resulted to using the save for web legacy. It would save a lot of time if quick export and export as worked properly. 

how can i fix this? 
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Ryan Goelzenleuchter

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Please include my plea here as well - maybe it will revive the thread...

I have several PSD files all the same dimensions with different product photos placed inside. I use them as PSDs in InDesign with the transparency, but also need to export JPG and PNGs of the same art with the same dimensions so they are interchangeable. 

I notice so many "NEW" features are just the same thing with a new interface and gutted functionality of the old tried-and-true features.
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+1 for a "disable trim" option. 

I'm using Photoshop to create graphics assets for 2D-games. Artboards and Export-As could potentially be very powerful, but currently they're only useful for a non-transparent result.

The way I see it, Photoshop currently has two broken export options:
- Save for Web is unusable because it wants to s-l-o-w-l-y render a preview every time you change an option.

- Export As is unusable because it's impossible to define cropping areas for image assets.
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If you want to keep specific canvas size for single / multiple images:

1. Choose multiple images from layer panel with shift + left mouse or right + left mouse
2. Click right mouse button on one of the selected layers 
3. Choose "Export as" from the popup menu

4. Choose those multiple images again from the left side panel
- Be patient, you have to wait for the images to load:
- First images load up - takes some time to complete
- Choosing images - takes some time to register

5. Change "Canvas size" on the right side, set it up e.g. 1920 x 1080 px
- Changing the width - takes time to register
- Changing the height - takes time to register

6. Photoshop will not trim the exported images.

This should be easier and faster.
Also Adobe, please add "Trim" checkbox to "export as" settings. 
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This doesn't work because it expands the canvas size based on the trimmed image, making it centered on canvas. The idea of exporting with full canvas size is to keep position (at least in my case).
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Vesa Valkonen

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Yes, it keeps the position. Can you provide video or screenhot, it should work normally and not to center the image.
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This works well with icons that need a transparent border and are on their own separate layers.
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Diego Sanches

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+1 to disable trim option. 
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I NEED this, I export probably 20+ items a day