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I see many how to's of how to do things in Layers but not how to merge them. When I flatten I end up with the checkerboard look.

I need specifics...

Do you click on all layers and merge down

or

Do you click on all layers and flatten?

Just how do you put them all together?

Thank you.

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I need specifics...

It all depends on what specifically you want to accomplish.

If you have the image looking the way you want it, and want to

save it as a standard image file - PNG, JPEG, etc. then flatten it.

When I flatten I end up with the checkerboard look.

Using the flatten function should make no change to what appears on the canvas.

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It all depends on what specifically you want to accomplish.

If you have the image looking the way you want it, and want to

save it as a standard image file - PNG, JPEG, etc. then flatten it.

Using the flatten function should make no change to what appears on the canvas.

I try to soften the portrait in the top layer then change the opacity. That's when I get the checkerboard and it stays no matter how I flatten or merge.

I try to soften the portrait in the top layer then change the opacity. That's when I get the checkerboard and it stays no matter how I flatten or merge.

What is the difference between merge (self explanatory) and flatten?

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I try to soften the portrait in the top layer then change the opacity.

That's when I get the checkerboard and it stays no matter how I flatten or merge.

If you reduce opacity in a layer and don't want to see the checkerboard,

then you need to have a background layer with full, or at least adequate,

opacity to make up for the reduced opacity in the portrait layer.

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