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Hello there,

I'm new to Paint.net so please bear with me...

I've got several images and headers that I want to work on and update....

  1. Is it possible to un-flatten (?) the images so that I can access the different layers?
  2. In Paint.net when you save the image it flattens it, but it says that you will be able to un-flatten it when you re-open the image...How do you do that?

Appreciate any help that you can provide...

Regards

Greg

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Hello Greg, this might answer your questions

1. It's not possible to unflatten images, save as .PDN to keep your layers and then save as the format you want it to be

2. i guess this is was you saw flatten.png it tells you that you will be able to unflatten after the image is saved, but not closed and reopened, so you can work with your layers again but you wont be able to retrieve the layers in a non-layer filetype, you can only get your layers again if you save as PDN or PSD or any other filetype that supports layers

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Hello Greg, this might answer your questions

1. It's not possible to unflatten images, save as .PDN to keep your layers and then save as the format you want it to be

2. i guess this is was you saw flatten.png it tells you that you will be able to unflatten after the image is saved, but not closed and reopened, so you can work with your layers again but you wont be able to retrieve the layers in a non-layer filetype, you can only get your layers again if you save as PDN or PSD or any other filetype that supports layers

Firstly, thanks for answering me Cookies....

So if an image is saved as a jpeg for instance, I won't be able to un-flatten it - is that correct?

Is it only PDN and PSD files that support layers?

Regards

Greg

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Firstly, thanks for answering me Cookies....

So if an image is saved as a jpeg for instance, I won't be able to un-flatten it - is that correct?

Is it only PDN and PSD files that support layers?

Regards

Greg

if you save an image as jpeg (or any other filetype where the that dialog comes up) you can right after saving it unflatten it and then save it as PDN, in that way you can have the jpeg file to share/use somewhere and the PDN with the layers so you can edit the individual layers later, but if you close the image after saving it as jpeg without having a layered copy, you can retrieve the layers.

No, it's not only PDN and PSD that supports layers but im not sure how many other filetype plugins there is else that support layers

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if you save an image as jpeg (or any other filetype where the that dialog comes up) you can right after saving it unflatten it and then save it as PDN, in that way you can have the jpeg file to share/use somewhere and the PDN with the layers so you can edit the individual layers later, but if you close the image after saving it as jpeg without having a layered copy, you can retrieve the layers.

No, it's not only PDN and PSD that supports layers but im not sure how many other filetype plugins there is else that support layers

Thanks again...

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