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How to export a layer in "screen" mode as a PNG

Community Beginner ,
Jan 16, 2023 Jan 16, 2023

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Hey everyone,

I want to export a layer which is in "screen' mode. I know these are only visible in Photoshop and just exporting it as a PNG will make the screened area black. Is there a workaround to be able to export the individual layer inclusive of the 'screen' mode? Thanks

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Jan 16, 2023 Jan 16, 2023

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It's not possible, unless you flatten the layers that the layer with the screen mode affects or make a stamped copy of all the layers.

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Jan 16, 2023 Jan 16, 2023

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So in theory could I mask out the same area that the screen mode captures. Essentially the these are overlays (rain / snow etc) which just have a black background. Wondering if I can cleanly remove the black background similar to what screen manages to do.

 

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You could make a mask of the opacity of the screen layer, then create a masked copy of the layers that it affects. That might work.

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Jan 16, 2023 Jan 16, 2023

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Wondering if I can cleanly remove the black background similar to what screen manages to do.

 

The most overlooked function in PS: Image --> Calculations. Create a layer mask from luminance or any otehr channel info.

 

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Long and short: No. If you want transparency, you have to create real transparency and the blending must be merged against the layer(s) below it.

 

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In short: a blend mode is the interaction between two layers. A sigle layer cannot have a blend mode in itself.

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