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Photoshop - Export a specific layer

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Hello,

I have got several layers, is there a way to export a specific layer into an image? Instead of having to export the whole project, then cut the image that I want?
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Sigurdur Armannsson earned 1000 total points
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You have at least these options:

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Select the layer for export.
Go to the fly-out menu and select duplicate layer.
In the dialog box you select New layer and a copy of that layer will be a new file in the same dimensions as your original.

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Hide all layers except the one/ones you want to export
File > Scripts > Export Layers to Files...
Check the "Visible Layers Only"



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How do I hide all other layers?
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hi feesu,

you can do the below to export all the images. then you can select the image you want.

1.      Open the .psd file
2.      Go to File->scripts->Browse
3.      Go to c:/program files/adobe/Adobe photoshop/presets/scripts
4.      select the file “Export Layers To Files.jsx”
5.      Specify the export folder
6.      Select the file type you want(Ex: jpeg or png)
7.      Click run
8.      It will take time depending on the no of layers in the .psd file.
9.      check the folder after the process is completed.


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by:feesu
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bluedevil9,

Do I choose PNG-24 or PNG-8 ?
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by:bluedevil9
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feesu,

PNG-24 can take RGB true colors

PNG-8 take only indexed colors or gray scale colors.


But one thing is PNG is not supported in IE6. so take care.
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by:Sigurdur Armannsson
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Fastest way to hide other layers is to Alt-click the eye-icon of the layer you want to keep visible.

PNG-24 is far superior. More color spectrum but slightly bigger files.
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by:feesu
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I do web development, and I have always used PNG, never noticed problems with IE6.
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by:bluedevil9
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feesu,

i had issues in using png with IE6 version.

when i had used png, the back ground of the png file was visible.
where it should be transparent.

the problem was solved by using export for web option in photoshop.
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@feesu- btw is your issue solved?
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It was solved, thank you both. I am new to Photoshop :)
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