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Often when I apply some effects to layers, and I merge them, the ones with effects have their blending mode messed up. They act as if all of their layer blending mode became normal and then merged. But I think sometimes it doesn't happen.

What can I do to prevent this?

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this has happend a few times for me, i dont know the exact answer but i think it's something to do with having the underlying layer being a solid layer as in having just normal blending modes, easiest way to avoid this is make a copy of all your layers and and then merge - keeping the old hidden but as a backup –  MephistonX Mar 8 '13 at 9:05
I find that isolating the layers to be merged, then select all and Copy merged works better than merging or flattening layers when they have layer styles applied - might help, I'm sure there's probably a better way though. –  user568458 Mar 8 '13 at 15:37
i found it the order you merge in matters...down to up, up to down. –  Muhammad Umer May 11 at 3:26

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It is an overwriting procedure. This is normal. Before merging the problematic layers you need to rasterize them. Righ click on the layer -> Rasterize.

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Select both layers from layers panel with Shift and then hit Ctrl + E to merge them. Your effects will not change.

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