Opening a Composite Version of a Layered Document

Sometimes it can be useful to open a composite version of a layered document—especially if it contains hundreds of layers and may take eons to open and you need only to do some quick retouching or editing that doesn't require layers. To do so, hold down Alt+Shift (Windows), Opt+Shift (Mac OS) while clicking the Open button in the Open dialog box (the button and dialog box might be named differently depending on your platform). You can also hold down the same modifier keys and double-click a thumbnail in Bridge or select File ^ Open.

One small caveat: The file must have been saved with a composite layer or Photoshop can show you only the following warning in four different languages: "This layered Photoshop file was not saved with a composite image." If you change your mind and decide to open the layered file, just click the Cancel button.

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