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    Greetings from 16 below wind chill! Whine ahead: Why isn't there a flatten image key command? Can I set up a hot button for that? It's a function I use on every single image and I have to go to the menu and pull down all the way to the bottom and flatten image. Just why?

    And while I am asking, is there way to batch "save for web"? I usually just do it after I finish adjusting colors, then save for web. But I am working in bulk now and got ahead of myself going to the next picture and not wanting to sit and wait for save for web right now. Do I have to write an action for that? OH photoshop!
    CS6 mac

  • #2
    Making an actions is not soo terrible really.

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    • #3
      Flatten image drove me crazy too. You can change that under edit/keyboard shortcuts. I set mine to cmnd-opt-P ...not for any particular reason, it's just a "comfortable" group of keys for me.

      As far as batch save to web, Adobe Bridge may help. See if Tools/Image Processor can work for you. You can also do a tools/batch if you've built out an action from Bridge ... but you could do that right form Photoshop as well.
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      • Kayekaye
        Kayekaye commented
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        Thanks, that's what I thought.

    • #4
      Originally posted by Kayekaye View Post
      It's a function I use on every single image...
      I'm not sure I understand why you'd have to do that. If it's because you subsequently save to a format that doesn't support layers, all you really have to do is save to that format; no Flatten Image step necessary.
      Coming to you from sunny America, where freedom, solvency, and now the presidency,
      are all unsurreptitiously counterfeited for your entertainment.

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      • PrintDriver
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        I flatten images a lot to save on file size for ripping even if they are .psd files. But I ask my clients to send fully layered files if there are any smart objects or special color needs going on in their photoshop files.

      • Kayekaye
        Kayekaye commented
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        I have never used layered psd in indesign documents, don't see the need for what I do.

      • PrintDriver
        PrintDriver commented
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        As long as you understand the difference when the need arises.

        I always love being asked to ''just extend the background'' on a photoshop file with no layers.

    • #5
      I guess it's just a matter of scenario. Almost nothing I do is one-off; everything lives on, subject to maintenance, if not overhaul. Today, I might be making changes to, or reusing pieces of, something I last touched 2-3 years ago. The availability of editable layers and Smart Objects is a must. Even if I needed a flattened image in my layout (although I can't imagine why I would), I'd still be preserving a layered copy alongside.

      Oh, and...you can indeed assign a shortcut:
      Go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts > Panel Menus > Layers...and Flatten Image is there.
      Last edited by HotButton; 12-16-2016, 07:40 AM.
      Coming to you from sunny America, where freedom, solvency, and now the presidency,
      are all unsurreptitiously counterfeited for your entertainment.

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      • #6
        I always save the psd, I would never have only a flattened file. And for sure I understand bleed 😀

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