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Old 10-03-2010, 10:48 AM
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Problem Flattening Image

Hi guys,

Everytime i try and flatten my image the effects of one of my adjustment layers fades. I've tried merge all, flatten and even the cramp inducing ctrl alt shift E, but everytime the specific effect fades.

the layer in question is a levels adjustment layer set to color dodge blend mode and clipped to a layer below to create a specific effect. These two layers are in the middle of a whole load of other layers.

Like i said, after flattening the image, regardless of technique, the effect of the levels layer (color dodge) is reduced.

I'm using CS5

Any ideas ;-)
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:53 AM
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Re: Problem Flattening Image

Copy View and paste as new layer should do, no?
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:58 AM
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Copy View and paste as new layer should do, no?
Sorry, you lost me on this one, can you elaborate a touch? Thanks
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:00 AM
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Re: Problem Flattening Image

I just did a ctrl a, copy merged and pasted into a new document and the effect faded!
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:14 AM
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Re: Problem Flattening Image

Make sure you are viewing the image at 100% magnification. I've had instances where I thought I was getting a change at lower mag only to discover it was a resolution dependent rendering issue.

Aside from that, try flattening down one layer at a time, from bottom to top, and see if that helps. When you come to clipped layers select them both to flatten them down as one.
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:16 PM
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Re: Problem Flattening Image

Thanks Flash.

It was nothing to do with magnification, however i've resolved the problem now. Basically i flattened the adjustment layer and clipped layer in the middle of my layer stack, duplicated and then did a merge all. Duplicating the layers doubled the effect they were creating and so compensated for the fade from flattening.

Must just be a quirk in the software.

Thanks guys.
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:20 PM
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Re: Problem Flattening Image

Weird.

I think files sometimes get corrupted. I had an issue with one recently, I forget the details of what wasn't working right. I tried closing and reopening hoping that would fix it but it wouldn't. Eventually I reopened the raw as a new file and dragged over each layer above from the (broken) final one-by-one and that fixed it.

Anyway, glad you worked it out.
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:41 PM
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Re: Problem Flattening Image

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Sorry, you lost me on this one, can you elaborate a touch? Thanks
Well if it's a final flattening, copying the view (Command: Copy Merged) and pasting this will yeld a new layer which should be the equivalent of a correct full flatten of all the other layers, no? Doesn't this work?

But you've solved your problem another way anyway I've seen.
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Old 10-04-2010, 02:12 AM
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Well if it's a final flattening, copying the view (Command: Copy Merged) and pasting this will yeld a new layer which should be the equivalent of a correct full flatten of all the other layers, no? Doesn't this work?

But you've solved your problem another way anyway I've seen.
No, the 'what you see is what you get' didn't take place. Just a quirk but at least it's sorted now
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