textures lose punch after flatten image

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by howldog, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. howldog

    howldog Guest

    I've got a .psd doc.... One layer has a few effects on it, including a
    reddish pattern overly. and then on top of that layer, a effect layer
    that is channel Mixer set to monochrome, to make it look black and

    all looks well, the patterned layer looks like the surface of the
    moon, kind of rocky looking and grey.

    When i flatten the image to save as tif, all the texture in the
    pattern either "shrinks" or mostly goes away and the grey moon rocky
    stuff now looks like grey smooth sand. sort of.

    Can anyone explain why flattening an image messes up some effects, and
    what can be done to prevent this?

    howldog, Aug 13, 2004
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  2. just a guess - please forgive me if I am miles off track

    there is a difference between merging visible and flattening

    as i understand it merge visible will merge the active layers (the ones with
    an eye) and flattening will merge all layers

    (I use the word "merge" to indicate that some influence from a layer is
    contributing to finished image)

    maybe there is a layer that is not active when you view the image but
    becomes active once flattened hence introducing the undesired effect?

    I ain't no expert so reserve the right to be wrong on this one

    Arty Phacting, Aug 14, 2004
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  3. howldog

    howldog Guest

    naw, tried merge visible as well as flatten. same problem.

    thanks for the suggestion tho.
    howldog, Aug 16, 2004
  4. I wonder what it can be?


    Arty Phacting, Aug 16, 2004
  5. howldog

    Jay Jhabrix Guest


    Try merging down..... i've had similar (not identical) problems - losing
    effects/masks/etc.etc - when doing a flatten or merge visible.

    Hope it helps....


    Jay Jhabrix, Aug 17, 2004
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