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Exporting Layers to individual files

Oct 13, 2009 7:26 AM

Simple question. Is it possiple to export layers to indivual files in Photoshop elements 8?

This issue is driving up the wall. So far I have been unable to locate a singl, am I ,issing something?

discussion or tutorial on the subject.


Any input will be most appreciated

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    Oct 13, 2009 9:28 AM   in reply to Dreadbydawn

    Can't speak for Elements 8, but in Elements 6 you can do it like this:

    - Rt-click the layer and choose Duplicate Layer

    - In the ensuing pop-up dialog, click the Destination Document drop-down list, choose New

    - Type a name of your choice for the new document

    - Click OK.


    A new document is created containing the chosen layer. Click File -> Save As to save it to disk in whatever format you prefer.


    Hoe that helps you find the equivalent for your version of PSE.

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    Oct 13, 2009 9:53 AM   in reply to Dreadbydawn

    RE ...ability to export all layers at once...


    Just tried this, works OK in PSE 6:

    - Click the first layer

    - Press and hold down the Ctrl key and click the other layers you're interested in exporting - they should now all be selected

    - Rt-click any of the selected layers and select Duplicate Layers, then follow the remaining steps of my first attempt.


    Edit: Just found that you can use Shift-Click as well, to select a number of adjacent layers in one go.


    [I'm learning new tricks here as well :-) ]

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    Apr 14, 2012 8:55 AM   in reply to Dreadbydawn

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!  This IS answered, because in Elements, there is no File/Scripts/Export Layers.  The only way to do it is Duplicate a layer or layers and enter a New destination file.

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    Apr 14, 2012 3:10 PM   in reply to tko654321

    If you have pse 6 through pse 10, then this export layers to files script should work:




    To install:


    1. download and unzip


    2. right click on the script and choose copy


    3. navigate to the elements scripts folder


    example path: (windows and sustitute your version for 8.0)


    C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 8.0\Presets\Scripts


    4. right click in a blank area and choose paste


    5. start or restart elements and export layers to files should be listed under Files>Automation Tools







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