I have document with 5 layers, each of those layers are are full of different colors. I want to essentially export the Desaturated versions of each layer. I got past my first hurdle (which was how do I apply an affect on all layers at once by creating an adjustment layer). But now when I tried exporting those layers to files, the adjustment layer's affect was not added.

I've read similar answers where you'd have to either create a custom script file or or an action scriplet that would apply this change to files in a folder. But I'm really surprised that there's no standard option that would say something like:

Export Layers to file: - Apply Adjustment layer during export?

Does this exist under a different set of rules or will there still be a manual process involved like I've read in other threads?

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Save each set up as a Layer Comp. Then Save Layer Comps to files.

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To create a Layer Comp, merely toggle visibility of layer(s) on or off, then create a New Layer Comp via the "new" button at the bottom of the Layer Comp Panel (Window > Layer Comps).

Do this for each change in visibility you want to save as a file.

So... you can create a layer comp of...

  • Layer 1 and the adjustment layer
  • Layer 3 and the adjustment layer
  • Layer 5 and a different adjustment layer

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The end result of the export will be 3 files from 3 layer comps all with the same visibility you see when those layers are visible in the Layers Panel.

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Layer Comps are composite images based upon visibility of the exiting layers. They will export as "sets" containing all visible layers (adjustment or otherwise) rather than individual layers with an adjustment.

Layer Comps can also be used to "quick toggle" visibility sets in the Photoshop file. With only one click on a saved Layer Comp and you can change the visibility of many layers.

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