P: Merge shape layers without rasterising

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LEGEND ,
Apr 05, 2011 Apr 05, 2011

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It would be wonderful if I could CMD+E shape layers without having to rasterise them first. I end up having to select shapes from each layer and copy and paste into a new layer.

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Adobe Employee , Apr 12, 2012 Apr 12, 2012
Layer>Merge Shapes and/or Cmd + E will merge selected vector shapes to a single layer without rasterizing them in Photoshop CS6. Note: All selected layers must be vector layers for this to work, and the shape attributes (fill, stroke, etc) of the top-most selected layer is applied to the layers that merged.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 05, 2011 Apr 05, 2011

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That could only work if they have the same fill. (and checking for that to enable/disable the menu item might be more work than it's worth)

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LEGEND ,
Apr 05, 2011 Apr 05, 2011

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it can take the fill from the layer above/below - the fill doesn't really matter. It's like when merging shapes in illustrator, it just picks the colour from one of the shapes.

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Participant ,
Apr 05, 2011 Apr 05, 2011

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Good suggestion. Much quicker than copying, pasting then combining.

If you chose to merge several layers and they were all shape layers, I guess the user would have to be given the option to rasterize or to combine shape layers and lose styling. Rasterizing is definitely what some people would want or expect some of the time.

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 05, 2011 Apr 05, 2011

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We usually use the top-most layer as the 'most' selected layer to get attribute from.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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Layer>Merge Shapes and/or Cmd + E will merge selected vector shapes to a single layer without rasterizing them in Photoshop CS6.

Note: All selected layers must be vector layers for this to work, and the shape attributes (fill, stroke, etc) of the top-most selected layer is applied to the layers that merged.

Senior Product Manager - Customer Advocacy - Digital Imaging

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