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Shift+Command+Option+E = Merge a copy of all visible layers into target layer - Photoshop 2024

Community Beginner ,
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Shift+Command+Option+E = Merge a copy of all visible layers into target layer - doesnt working anymore!

in Photoshop previous versions worked normally!

 

I allready reset keyboard shortcuts - no effect. 

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Community Expert , Oct 24, 2023 Oct 24, 2023

Something  on your Mac is hijacking shortcuts. You should find out what.

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Community Beginner , Nov 16, 2023 Nov 16, 2023

In my case, 'PowerToys' interfered with Photoshop's Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E shortcut. I couldn't identify which PowerToys function was using this shortcut. If someone knows and can share a way to disable it, please let me know. Currently, the only workaround is to exit PowerToys when using Photoshop.

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New Here , Dec 06, 2023 Dec 06, 2023

Same problem. Another app Clickup, was hijacking the shortkeys. it didn't even have a command option shift E shortkey, just a shift E one. Disabling the shortkeys on that app fixed it though

 

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Community Expert ,
Oct 15, 2023 Oct 15, 2023

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@Glauco O. M. 

 

For testing purposes, does it work when you hold down the option key and use the Layers panel menu to Merge Visible?

 

Jane

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Community Beginner ,
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no. 

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Exactly how doesn't it work? Is it not producing a new merged layer at all, or does the merged layer not have the content you expect?

It works just fine here, for what that's worth.

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nothing happens.

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@Glauco O. M. 

 

Important: Save first (or Save followed by Save As with new name) and choose Undo after each.

 

Try these to Merge layers to see if they work without the Option key:

  • Cmd+Shift+E
  • Layers panel menu > Merge visible

Do either or both work?

 

Jane

 

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Both commands work, 

That's not what I'm looking for.

 

 

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@Glauco O. M. 

 

Go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts

Are you using a custom (saved) set or a modified (unsaved) set or the Default set?

 

Either:

  • Reset the shortcuts to Default (which will reset all shortcuts)
    or
  • See what the shortcut is for Merge Layers. It should be Cmd+Shift+E.
    (You won't find Stamp Layers in keyboard shortcuts; you will only find Merge Layers
    Stamp Layers needs the Option key with either the shortcut or the menu command)

 

Details here:

 https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/layers.html#stamp-layers

 

Jane

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Community Beginner ,
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I already reset the shortcuts to default = no effect

 

Cmd+Shift+E = flatten the layers. = ok

 

Shift+Command+Option+E = Merge a copy of all visible layers into new layer - doesnt working anymore!

in Photoshop previous versions worked normally!

Is this command working in your Photoshop 24?

 

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Shift+Command+Option+E = Merge a copy of all visible layers into target layer - doesnt working anymore! 

 

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Works here, just as it always has. No problems.

 

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Merged all layers into a new one? dont flattened

please let me see. 

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Community Expert ,
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So you don't believe me?

 

Before and after ctrl+alt+shift+E:

merge1.png

merge2.png

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ok, repeat the process only with regular layers, without adjustment layers. 

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Something  on your Mac is hijacking shortcuts. You should find out what.

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@Glauco O. M. 

 

Sometimes other applications take over keyboard shortcuts — it can even be a browser. You can try rebooting, then run nothing but Photoshop to see if the shortcut works.

 

You can also use an awkward workaround in the interim. Before Adobe gave us the Option (Alt) key addition to the Merge Visible shortcut, we did it this way:

  • Save or Save As
  • Duplicate the layers
  • Hide the original layers
  • Merge Visible (menu or Cmd+Shift+E)
  • Show the Hidden layers

 

Jane

 

 

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Oct 30, 2023 Oct 30, 2023

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This had me confused for a while, but then I found that the layers need to be selected in the layers palette for the key command to work...

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Mentor ,
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that's not true.

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Well it's true for me and it might well be true for some those for whom it doesn't work. You shouldn't be so quick to dismiss problems simply because you don't have them. If you went to a doctor with a concern, you'd be disappointed if their response was mearly to tell you how well they feel.

 

I'm on an older operating system, so possibly it's an OS issue...

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It's not necessary to select the layers. All visible content is merged into a new layer.

 

See my two screenshots above.

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Mentor ,
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Sorry, but no. Merge a copy of All Visible has never worked that way. 
Shift+Command+Option+E/Shift+Alt+Ctrl+E  is what we're talking about here.

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That's what I mean. Shift+ctrl+alt+E.

 

Again, scroll up to see my screenshots.

 

I just needed to emphasize that the layers didn't need to be selected.

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Mentor ,
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@D Fosse I was replying to @Jeremy JR .
Sure would be nice if these threads could go deeper than a single level, but i guess the technology hasn't yet been invented 😢 or maybe the admins here could enable Reply to auto-fill the @ name...

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@Earth Oliver oh, sorry, caught in the nested reply trap again...yeah I hate it too. I'd use linear view, except sometimes you need to see it like everybody else does - if for nothing else, to misunderstand in the same way 😉

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works as expected here. OS 14.1, Ps 25.1.

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