Week of May 28, 2007
by Linda Sattgast
Last week I invited you to send me tips about how you keep from "burning
your bridges" in your page layouts. Specifically, I wanted
you to share how you keep from making permanent changes that keep
you from being able to retrace your steps if you change your mind
Karen Watkins and Sallie
K both sent me the same tip, and it's
a good one! In fact, I use it frequently myself.
Press this shortcut key combination to get a merged copy of every
layer that's visible:
Windows: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E
Mac: Cmd + Opt + Shift + E
Believe me, you have to use two hands when using this shortcut,
which will take all visible layers and combine them into one layer
on a separate layer, leaving the original layers intact!
I like to use this shortcut when I'm creating paper using several
layers with different blend modes and maybe an adjustment layer
or two. If I want to apply a filter to give my paper an artistic
look, I'll use this shortcut to create a merged layer so I can
apply the filter to the new layer.
Here's another example where I used this short cut:
I created a background using 3 photos. (I teach
how to do this in Volume 2 of the Scrapper's Guide video training
series.) Then I made a merged copy of the three layers.
Next I typed a word and used the word as a template
to cut the new layer into the word so I could change the blend
mode to Multiply. The word crossed all three photo layers, so I
had to create a merged copy in order to make this word.
Here's my finished page.
Try this tip out, and I guarantee it will become one of your favorites
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