5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 2, 2013 5:15 AM by Dancing Sky

    How to merge layered images?

    gc2281 Level 1

      Can anyone tell me if it is possible to merge layered images in Illustrator CS3?

      I'm used to doing it with Photoshop. I thought the merge in Pathfinder would work but apparently not

       

      Thanks for any advice

      George

        • 1. Re: How to merge layered images?
          [scott] Level 6

          What exactly do you mean by "Merge" layers?

           

          There is a Merge Layers command as well as a Flatten Layers, and Combine into new Top Layer command in the Layers Panel menu. Those may or may not work for what you want. None of them work like Photoshop really because Illustrator is a different animal.

          • 2. Re: How to merge layered images?
            gc2281 Level 1

            What I mean is can you merge different layers into one; similar to the way it can be done in Photoshop.

            The merge layer command seems to only work if layers are overlapped.

            Let's say I want to create a page backround by creating 4 individual "panels". I then butt them up against one another and I want to merge them into one layer.

             

            Thanks

            • 3. Re: How to merge layered images?
              [scott] Level 6

              Illustrator simply does not work that way. It's object based so every object is on it's own basic layer.

               

              Essentially the Layers Panel shows layers and objects so you have layers, sublayers, and objects. If you don't what to see the objects in the Layers Panel choose the Panel Options from the Layers Panel and check the "Only show Top Layers" option.

              • 4. Re: How to merge layered images?
                gc2281 Level 1

                Got It

                 

                Thanks for your help!!

                • 5. Re: How to merge layered images?
                  Dancing Sky Level 1

                  Choose both layers (click on one and hold down the CTL key to click on the second), then go to the layers drop down menu, and choose 'Merge Selected'.

                   

                  OR

                   

                  Choose both layers as above, go to layers drop down menu, and choose 'Collect in New Layer'.

                   

                  Not sure this is what you're wanting to do .... if not, there may be another way.

                   

                  DS