when merging a layer style, the appearance of the style degrades

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by steph, Dec 15, 2003.

  1. steph

    steph Guest

    Has anyone else noticed this effect? Where you have a layer style applied
    (such as a glass effect with a shadow), and when you flatten that layer to
    merge the style with the layer contents, the appearance of the style changes
    for the worse? It may become rough and pixelly around the edges, or lose
    much of the colour depth within the shape, or the shadow may become dense
    and flat rather than translucent...

    I have noticed this time and again, and it is disappointing. Sometimes the
    only way i can retain the style appearance is to take a screenshot of the
    unflattened image, and then open that in PS and use it rather than
    flattening that portion of my original artwork

    Can anyone suggest a solution to this irritating and puzzling problem?

    steph, Dec 15, 2003
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    Tacit Guest

    Has anyone else noticed this effect? Where you have a layer style applied
    It souldn't do this if you are zoomed in to 100% in the image. If you are
    zoomed OUT, it may SEEm to change, because Photoshop handles zooming of
    different types of layers differently--but if you're zoomed in to 100%, the
    flattened and unflattened versions should have the same appearance.
    This will happen if you merge a shadow that is in Multiply mode with another
    layer--because the entire layer's mode is changed to Normal. Merging layers is
    not the same as flattening. If you flatten the entire image, the appearance
    will not change. If you merge diffeent layers together, and those layers have
    different blending modes, the appearance WILL change--because it is impossible
    to have part of a layer in one blending mode (like "multiply") and part of a
    layer in a different blending mode (like "normal").
    Tacit, Dec 15, 2003
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  3. steph

    steph Guest

    i see thank you that makes perfect sense

    steph, Dec 16, 2003
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    JP Kabala Guest

    BUT, no matter what, you shouldn't have to use a screenshot to get what
    you want....try this....

    Hide all layers except those you want to combine or flatten... make sure
    you have one of the visible layers selected
    then choose COPY MERGED from the edit menu, and paste THAT as a new layer
    and then hide or delete the layers you copied from-
    This will flatten your layer style(s) into a new layer in normal mode---
    which can sometimes be useful when you are trying to combine layers of
    disparate blend modes.
    Then you can turn the other layers back on and continue......

    (if you link and just hide the original layers that you copied, rather than
    deleting them, if you need to make changes later, no data is lost)
    JP Kabala, Dec 16, 2003
  5. steph

    steph Guest

    ok great, i have filed your response in my personal help file, thank you v
    steph, Dec 18, 2003
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