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Flattening images in PS

Post  romeojohn on Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:36 am

When I work on images in PS I usually end up with several layers. I never flatten these layers but on some occasions I might merge down where necessary.
Lots of tutorials I have followed seem to recommend flattening layers and I don't see why because once flattened it cannot be unflattened without a lot of work.
Is there any benefit in the image quality for either printing or converting to jpeg by flattening?.
I will appreciate your comments.
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Re: Flattening images in PS

Post  David Lowe on Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:46 am

Hi John,

As far as I am aware the only advantage is disc space and computer speed. The smaller file size will load quicker and transfer to your printer quicker. I normally keep two copies on separate drives for safety, one copy with all the layers and one copy flattened ready to print. If you are going make a jpeg copy then it will be flattened automatically as soon as you Save As a jpeg.
Another benefit of the smaller file is that some library and sorting software eg ACDSee cannot always open the large files.
Hope this helps.

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Flattening images in PS

Post  romeojohn on Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:19 am

Thanks david, that seem to make sense.
Thanks for your feedback.
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