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This is a question concerning ps cs6.
When using the multiply layer, then merging with other layers... I find the multiply layer dose not keep the effect of the multiply.
Im not sure if im explaining myself correctly, but im pretty sure someone here knows what im talking about, after switching to cs6.
Anyhow, can someone elucidate how to merge layers and still keep the multiply effect?
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Do you merge it with the layer it is applied to? Is it different than in cs5? I'm not not at the computer with cc6 so I can't test it. Do you mean adjustment layer or some other?
Had similar problem in the past - these can be really annoying sometimes.
Found out that "merge all visible" command works fine.
You may just make all layers invisible except these ones you want to merge, and use "merge all visible" option.
I am pretty sure there's better\faster method though
The reason this happens is that when you merge layers together, the layer style is changed from whatever it might have been (in your case it was multiply) to normal. All of the layers that were merged together will look totally fine, but the layers underneath that were not a part of the merge will look different. This is because they now have pixels from a "normal" layer style lying on top of them, as opposed to multiply, overlay, etc...
If you want to merge layers and keep your image looking the same, you have to merge everything underneath. OR, alternatively you can copy-merge your whole canvas, which merges all of the layers into one while still leaving them underneath.
To copy-merge; select all (CTRL+A), then CTRL+SHIFT+C, then paste (CTRL+V)
yeah when l come across that problem l just hide the background and other layers and merge visible layers. If l want to edit some more, l copy that new merged layer and then go to undo, then paste that copied version on its own layer so l can work over the top of it if l feel like it.
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Just so you guys know... hiding the lower layers, merging the visible layers, then making the hidden layers visible again doesn't change anything. It's the same as doing the merge without all of the hiding/making visible again, due the effect that I stated above.
Multiply layers are a special kind of layer, it serves a function in photoshop only, so you're not able to save a multiply layer by it self as a png, it just wouldn't work.
In much the same way a layer merging resets the layer to normal mode it seems, it works with a complete flatten image, which I also recommend because working
on as few layers as possible is better than relying on special layers. Incidently overlay layers work in much the same way.
When you merge layers with different blend modes the merged layer defaults to 'normal', because Photoshop doesn't know what you want it to do! For example, if you have a 'screen' layer over a 'multiply' and merge them together the merged layer won't retain the individual layer properties, because how could it? If each layer is different..! Flattening your image will preserve all individual layer modes but not the layers, or as suggested above, copy all layers and paste into a new one. The main thing is to not rely upon layer modes as part of your working process if you don't want to build up a huge file size and generally complicate your work space. I try to, (not always) wait till I've finished painting to add any layer mode effects, adjustment of contrast, colour etc, after flattening the image.