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Blend modes to PNG

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Jul 27, 2019 Jul 27, 2019

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Hi forum.

I'm trying to merge my layers and export my file as a PNG file. When I do merge visible/ with the background the merged layers look intact, But when I remove the background ( and canvas is transparent) and then do merge visible, I lose the effect I want to achieve. Is it possible to merge all the layers without a background, or are blend modes to be used specifically to blend in with a background image?

Thank you.

PS: I have tried to export my file as a PNG with all the layers still having their blend modes applied, but even when exported as a PNG file, the blending mode

disappears.

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Advocate , Jul 27, 2019 Jul 27, 2019
Instead of doing a Merge Visible, try this. Set up al of your layers as you want them with the right blend modes. Turn off your background Select the very top layer Do what is called a "Stamp Image" by pressing Shift+Option+Command+E. (You have now created a new layer combining all of the lower layers, using all of their blend modes) Hide all of your lower layers and just keep the new top stamped layer visible. Save as a PNG.

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Jul 27, 2019 Jul 27, 2019

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Instead of doing a Merge Visible, try this.

  • Set up al of your layers as you want them with the right blend modes.
  • Turn off your background
  • Select the very top layer
  • Do what is called a "Stamp Image" by pressing Shift+Option+Command+E. (You have now created a new layer combining all of the lower layers, using all of their blend modes)
  • Hide all of your lower layers and just keep the new top stamped layer visible.
  • Save as a PNG.

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Jul 29, 2019 Jul 29, 2019

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Daniel+E+Lane  wrote

Instead of doing a Merge Visible, try this.

  • Set up al of your layers as you want them with the right blend modes.
  • Turn off your background
  • Select the very top layer
  • Do what is called a "Stamp Image" by pressing Shift+Option+Command+E. (You have now created a new layer combining all of the lower layers, using all of their blend modes)
  • Hide all of your lower layers and just keep the new top stamped layer visible.
  • Save as a PNG.

That's what I do when merging groups and layers has unexpected results.  Smart Objects that contain layers with non default blend mode can be a cause, but Groups can mess you up as well.  Adding a copy merged layer to the top of the stack has always fixed it for me.

Michael Ninness describes that sort of shortcut as 'mashing the keyboard' but with this case, adding the E key. 

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Jul 27, 2019 Jul 27, 2019

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Can you post some screenshot with Layers panel visible? It is not common for blending modes to disappear wen exporting but we can only guess what is going on without to see composition and Layers panel.

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Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Something like this? Is it possible to save just the texture layer in PNG, without the background?

 

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Jul 29, 2019 Jul 29, 2019

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Hi thanks or you replies.

Here is a screen shot, with one of the layer blend modes set to: soft light.

If the 3 layers are merged, the blend mode is intact. When I remove the background layer, and try to merge, the blend soft light blend modes, seems to default to normal again making the white stroke visible. Now I'm posting this more for theory reasons. I know I can make a soft brush and make a stroke, lower its opacity. But this is more for educational reasons I'm trying to understand why PS is behaving this way.

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When I remove the background layer, and try to merge, the blend soft light blend modes, seems to default to normal again making the white stroke visible.

That is as expected, one Layer can only have one Blend Mode.

For some Blend Modes and Layers the effect can be »isolated« (in RGB for example a Layer with true grey pixels set to »Multiply« can be transformed into a Layer with black pixels with transparency) but not for all.

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