Just recently a lovely member from Digital Scrapper sent me a note saying that I should be making Christmas cards from some of my bird photographs. Hmmmm, that did get me thinking. I have twelve layouts from my Project 12 in 2011 series in which I ‘showcased’ a special photo. It really would be nice to have several packages of these ready to give to friends and family when December rolls around.
All of these layouts consisted of many layers and I wanted a quick way to get the job done. Today, I’m going to show you how to select part or all of a layered document and copy it to a new document as a single layer. I managed to get twelve images ready in less than thirty minutes!
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Step One: Choose Your Layout
- Open a layered document (File > Open) that has an image you want to use.
This is what my Layers panel looks like. It does not matter how many layers there are or which layer is active.
Step Two: Create a Merged Copy
- Get the Rectangular Marquee tool.
- In the Options Bar, make sure the New Selection icon is active and set Feather to 5 px.
- Choose Fixed Ratio for the Mode. (Photoshop: Choose Fixed Ratio for the Style.)
- Enter 6in for the Width and 4in for the Height.
- On the document, drag out a selection outline around the part of the image that you want to use.
- In the Menu Bar, choose Edit > Copy Merged.
Step Three: Paste onto a Card
- Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) that is 7in for the Width and 5in for the Height at 300ppi.
(Photoshop: Choose File > New to create a new document.)
- In the Menu Bar, choose Edit > Paste. Only one layer is copied to the new document.
- Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
- Click on the corner handles of the Bounding Box and drag inward to resize the image to fit on the 7in by 5in document.
(Photoshop: Hold down the Shift key to constrain proportions while dragging.)
- Double click inside the Bounding Box to commit the changes.
- Get the Move tool.
- Click on the image and center it on the background layer.
My finished card – Christmas in August!
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Copy Merged and Paste by Barb Brookbank
Photo: Barb Brookbank
Font: Susie’s Hand