Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I wanted save some layers as PNG files and I had opened a new window for every .png file and pasted in there and sometimes crop it.

Is there a way to export just a few or one selected layer and not the whole file much more easily, or maybe only save the visible part as a PNG?

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Choose File > Scripts > Export Layers To Files

Select the Visible Layers Only option if you want to export only those layers that have visibility enabled in the Layers panel.


share|improve this answer
Thanks @KMSTR best answer! – mr.boyfox Apr 28 '15 at 11:38

If you use Photoshop CC you don't need any script.

You can activate the built-in function "Generator" (File > Generator). This function allow you to export layers and group when you save the document, simply rename your layers/group with the extension you need (like nav.png) and eventually the parameters.

With this method photoshop will export for you the named layers/group visible with associate layer style in the same directory of your file.

See adobe article:

share|improve this answer

Turn off layer visibility for everything you do not want, then choose File > Save for Web.

share|improve this answer

Skaught's solution works. There are two other options that come to mind.

  1. Convert your objects (layers or groups) to smart objects then double click the SO in the layers panel to open a separate, exportable doc.
  2. Use slices to delineate and set export prefs for your various objects. You can export by selected slices.
share|improve this answer

In CC 2014, you can use the new feature File>Extract assets that will offer a dialog with all the visible layers and plethora of options (resolutions, prefixes, etc) for extraction. Meant for web-developers this feature helped me out a lot. Too bad it's not available in other versions of PS.

From what I understand the feature is still under development and the pesky ".png" in the layer names will be removed, but for the time being watch out for the layer names.

share|improve this answer
i love adobe extract in brackets ...Best thing that ever happen to CSS and web design. – Muhammad Umer May 25 '15 at 13:45

If you're planning to select specific layers (or group of layers) then

  1. Use Marquee Tool 'M' to draw the bounding box.
  2. Use Edit >> Copy Merged to copy the specific content to new file (png, psd, ...)
share|improve this answer

Here's what I found. Single-click layer exporting!

Direct link to Photoshop action:

share|improve this answer
Really Works! I've downloaded Action and pressed F12. AndShift + F12 for Layer to new file. – Sergey Senkov Nov 14 '15 at 17:48
@SergeySenkov, yeah, this is my #1 plugin/action for PS :) – artnikpro Nov 16 '15 at 15:31

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.