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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
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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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Very frustrating. None of the above answers seem to work for me. I've got a layer of rasterised black text, with an orange outer glow that has a blend mode with Hard Light that is also translucent, showing the the layer beneath. -Ultimately creating a firey glow that looks great, but when the layer is merged or rasterised (with the effects), it looks awful. Only thing I can suggest is going outside of Photoshop, and using the screen grab tool, then copying and pasting that [flat] image back into the Photoshop project. I'm sure there's another way, but I don't know it.

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can you give me psd i wanna try some stuff, as i don't know to duplicate this problem...maybe if i did i'd have answer already. –  Muhammad Umer Sep 11 at 2:16

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