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    Default Save psd file to png with transparency for photo layout

    I have some psd files that I want to convert to png format. How do I save the psd file so that the transparencies (where to photos go) show up on the png page? I removed the photo that was linked to the template, merged the layers and then saved as png format. The png file does not show any transparency and I am not able to add a new photo into the frame.

    I do remember seeing a video that describes exactly what I'm trying to do but cannot seem to locate the video.

    Can anyone explain how it's done simply?
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    Are you trying to convert for a program that does not see .psd or are you trying to create a quick page?

    If you did not 'cut out' the area for the photo to go, and just flattened the original layered file, you'll need to go back and do that. then flatten and save as a .png. I merge all the layers under the photo layer. I select the photo layer in the layers palette (where you get the marching ants), choose the layer underneath, click Cntrl X and it creates your 'window'. Then go ahead and merge all layers, (not flatten) and save as a .png
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    Darcy,

    I learned something new. Didn't know that you could 'cut-out' the area in such an easy method. It works.

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    I never really understood the difference between flatten & merge layers?
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    So glad you asked that question. It popped into my mind when I was reading Darcy's answer.

    Can't wait to find out the answer to the difference between flatten and merge.
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    You learn something every day; thank you so much for such a clear and concise answer Darcy.
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    Flatten flattens the entire document. Merge layers merges only the selected layers, but if you have all the layers selected, it essentially flattens the document as well.

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    The only difference is that when you're working with a .png, flattening the document will give you a solid background that you do not want. Merging the layers allows you to keep those transpartent areas in tact.
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    Thanks, Darcy. That answered my question.
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    You don't have to flatten your psd. Remove your photo from your layout and make sure you have transparency all the way thru all the layers of the layout. (You will see the checkerboard which denotes transparency) Save your layout as a png. Saving as a png will preserve the "hole" for your photo. You can then place any photo behind your png and it will show through the hole.

    I would still save it as a psd so I could grab items from it. I like to "steal" stuff from one layout and place it on another layout - having a psd allows that.

    I never flatten or merge because the act of saving as a jpg will flatten it anyway.
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