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I have a PSD file in channels and want to convert (flatten?) it to something I can email to a client to show progress on the design. How is this done?

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It would be easier to EXPORT as a .pdf but what are you trying to accomplish? –  Gramps Jan 14 at 21:54
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With multi channel artwork, the easiest way I have found to provide a quicky overview is to just go into View > Full Screen Mode and take a screenshot. That will save yourself a lot of headaches, but the quality won't be great.

If the extra channels are spot colors, you can always select the spot channel(s) and select Merge Spot Channel:

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The results from Merging the Spot Channel aren't always that pleasing though.

You can save as a PDF, but by default, Adobe Reader won't display the spot channels.

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