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Selecting all layers in an action

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Jun 25, 2020

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I would like to create an action that selects ALL layers, then merges them (and then does some other stuff).  I can NOT use Flatten Image because that gets rid of the transparency.  I need to select ALL layers, then do a Merge, which leaves the transparency, but I don't see any way to automate the selecting of all layers.  Is there a keyboard shortcut I'm missing, or some kind of trick to do this, or is it just not possible?

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You should be able to click the Actions panel menu, choose Insert Menu Item, and insert the Select > All Layers command.

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Selecting all layers in an action

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I would like to create an action that selects ALL layers, then merges them (and then does some other stuff).  I can NOT use Flatten Image because that gets rid of the transparency.  I need to select ALL layers, then do a Merge, which leaves the transparency, but I don't see any way to automate the selecting of all layers.  Is there a keyboard shortcut I'm missing, or some kind of trick to do this, or is it just not possible?

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Correct answer by Conrad_C | Adobe Community Professional

You should be able to click the Actions panel menu, choose Insert Menu Item, and insert the Select > All Layers command.

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You should be able to click the Actions panel menu, choose Insert Menu Item, and insert the Select > All Layers command.

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I think keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + Alt + A. It should record step: - Select All Layers current layer -. 

 

Note in case that you need: Background layer won't be selected. If you want and Background layer selected then select it using Alt + , {comma} then click on padlock icon to convert Background to normal layer then use Ctrl + Alt + A to select all layers.

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Just for the record, another method that does not require layers to be selected:

 

  1. Select All
  2. Copy Merged
  3. Flatten
  4. Paste Special - Paste in Place
  5. Delete Background layer

 

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