How To Save Layers as INDIVIDUAL FILES in Photoshop – Three Export Methods Explained


Hi. Welcome back to the Photoshop Training Channel.com. I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this video, I’m going to show you how to
export layers as files in Photoshop. I’m going to show you three techniques. One technique for older versions of Photoshop,
and two techniques for Photoshop CC. Okay, Let’s get started. We’re going to work with this document. It contains three layers. We have a background layer, this vector graphic
with a layer style and this text layer, also with a layer style. I’m currently working in Photoshop CC, but
in older versions of Photoshop, if you want to export your layers as files, you need to
go under File, Scripts, and from Scripts, select Layers to Files. However, in Photoshop CC,
that option is not here. It has been moved to the Export Menu, Layers to Files. So, in older versions of Photoshop, you’ll
find this under the Scripts Menu. You can select Layers to Files, and from here,
you can select where you want to save your files. So, I’m going to click on the Browse button,
and I can just save them here under this Export Files folder and press Okay. Next, you need to give your files a name prefix. By default, you’ll see the file name, export
files layer. That’s the name of the file. You can see that here. Then you can change that if you want to. Next, you can decide which files to save. Base level files only, which means the files
that have the eye icon enabled. In this case, we don’t need it. All the files are enabled. So, I’ll uncheck that, so that all the files
are saved, even if they were not visible. Next, you can select a file type. In this case, since we’re working with layers
that contain transparency, like the arrow in the text layer, I’m going to select PNG
24. I can include the color profile. I, of course, want to keep the transparency,
and I want to trim the layers, so that we only save the areas that contain actual pixels
and not a document that’s the same size as the entire canvas. Then I can click on Run and Photoshop will
save all the files as layers, and you’ll get a notification once all the files are saved. I’m going to bring up the folder where those
files were saved, and you can see them here. You can see the prefix, and you can see the
layer name after the prefix. So, if I open them up, you can see them. There they are, and they don’t really have
a gray background. This is just what my file preview shows as
transparency, gray, but you can see that, in reality, it does have transparency there. And what I’ll do now is just delete these
files because we don’t need them. So, I’ll highlight then and press the Delete
key and bring this folder down. Now, this is the old way of saving layers
as files in Photoshop. Photoshop CC has a new way of doing it, which,
in my opinion, is actually better. Let me show you how that works. You can simply click on a layer to select
it, and hold Shift to select multiple layers or, if you want to skip between layers, you
can select the layer and press Ctrl, that’s command the Mac. And click, and you select non-consecutive
layers. In this case, I’m just going to select the
top layer, hold Shift and click on the bottom layer to select them all. And, with the layers that you want to export
selected, all you need to do is right click to the side of any of those layers and select
Quick Export as PNG. This window will come up, and we can save
the files here. It’s the same folder that I used before, and
I can click Select Folder, and those files are now saved. If I bring up that folder, you can see that
the files are here just as they were before with the Export to Layers script. The difference is the file name. The file name is simply the layer name plus
the extension of the file, . png. You can actually change how the Quick Export
as PNG behaves by changing properties in the Preferences panel. If you press Ctrl K, Command can to Mac, that
brings up the preferences window, and under Export, you can see the options for the Quick
Export format. We were using PNG, but I can change it to
JPEG, and then I get options relative to that file type, and if I press Ok, you’ll notice
that this time when I right click, I will see Quick Export as JPEG and not PNG. I’m going to go back into the preferences
panel by pressing Ctrl K, Command can to Mac. Under Export, I’m going to change it back
to PNG because that’s the option that I prefer. Photoshop also allows you to export the files
into a folder next to the current document. I prefer to decide where to save my files,
so I have Ask Where To Export Each Time selected. You can also decide to save the Metadata into
the file and whether you want to convert the file to sRBG or not. If you’re creating web graphics, then convert
to sRBG is okay. So, I’m going to press Okay, and now those
settings are applied to my Quick Export as PNG command. The third and final way of exporting layers
into files in Photoshop is by right clicking and selecting Export As. That brings up the Export As window, and we
get a whole lot more options, and we can decide what to do with each layer. So, I can click on one of layers here on the
left-hand side and adjust the properties. So, we have two layers that have transparency. So these two layers I will use the PNG format
with Transparency checked, but for my background layer, since I don’t have any transparency,
I don’t really need to use the PNG format. I can use a JPEG, which will give me a smaller
file size. You can see that here on the side, on the
right-hand side, how it’s 3.1 MB, but if I change it to a JPEG, it comes down to 1.3,
even with a 100% quality. So, I can save these files and apply each
setting that I like to them. I’m not going to spend time going through
all the different settings because, if you click on this link here, Export Options, that
will bring up a page on Adobe’s website that describes every single option in this panel. So, you can even see what all the different
re-sample algorithms do. So, I won’t spend too much time talking about
that, but if you want to know what each of these options controls, then click on the
link. Once you set your options, you can click on
the Export All button, and I’ll use this file location. Click on Select Folder, and my files are now
saved there. If I bring up the folder, you will see that
I have my three files. The background is a JPEG. The arrow and the export layers graphics are
PNGs, and just like with the Quick Export, the files take the name of the layer. And, by the way, if you enjoy this tutorial,
then don’t forget to check out my video on Photoshop’s history log. It’s a little known feature that allows you
to track all your changes. It’s like creating a step-by-step tutorial
automatically. Also, if this is your first time at the Photoshop
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44 Replies to “How To Save Layers as INDIVIDUAL FILES in Photoshop – Three Export Methods Explained

  1. History Log Tutorial ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPsj2zX_CFE&index=42&list=PL3bfN-31F9ReOdO3aXZxWEMjsBEf-JyRy

  2. Can you save a layer as a separate file and still retains all the editable things made (like the fx) so it can still be edited if opened? Or are you just limited to just saving it as project?

  3. You can select multiple files in the Export As Menu Box and change the parameters of the export settings for multiple files at once! You also don't have to select layers to export as, you can select Artboards as well.

  4. I noticed that in the first way you also had the option to save as .tif but this option was not available in the newer methods
    Either way this is a cool tip.

  5. Optional! Oh, I mean exceptional! Kidding aside, I greatly appreciate that you don't rush through the steps but take time to be sure they are clear for us viewers. Enjoyed this one – I think it will be very useful.

  6. Thanks Jesus. I have a project of scanning and retouching a large amount of pictures. Instead of scanning one picture at a time, I can scan 4 or 5 at a time create layers out of one scan. Then Export As, and crop as needed. This will save me a ton of time on the scanner. Thanks again. For those who haven't yet. Subscribe, Subscribe, Subscribe

  7. Interesting tut Jesus but I'm not sure why I'd want to export layers separately. Admittedly I'm not a graphic designer but I'd be interested in knowing why this is a useful feature.

  8. This is the best tutorial I have seen in a long time. You stayed on topic identified shortcut and hot keys both visually and verbally and your advertisement was placed at the end for subscriptions. It is very rare that I have nothing to criticize.

  9. Tengo varios grupos de capas, y quiero expotar cada grupo como una archivo jpg como lo hago?,
    I have several layers groups, and I want to expose each group as a jpg file as I do it?

  10. Hi I have several layers with different graphics that I want to bulk save but I want each individual layer (graphic) to save on top of my background layer. Is it possible to bulk save like this?

    Ex. I have 50 layers. Each layer has a different image. In the same Photoshop file I have a background layer, so in total I have 51 layers.

    What I want to do is save all the image layers individually but I want them all to save on top of the background layer.

    Hope that makes sense and any help will be appreciated.

  11. #PRICELESS especially for making multilevel insane parallax layouts for web and exporting as PNG from Photoshop composites!! BIG UPS Mr Ramirez all ways 💯🙌🏻💪🏻⚡️👏🏻

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