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In some tutorial videos where they composite the scene using various images, effects, shading etc.(in separate layers). And at the end, they would try to apply Camera Raw Filter. But they would do it to a merged version, means all layers would be merged into a smart object or a flattened image.

How can I merge all my layers like that? Here's a screenshot of what am talking about: https://prnt.sc/w3g7xf

Any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Highlight the layers in the Layers Panel

  • Right-click them in the Layers Panel

  • Choose Convert to Smart Object from the popup contextual menu.

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  • Thank you. Suppose I have 3 layers and if I do this, then the three layers disappears and only the smart object layer appears. When I double click the smart object layer, I can see the 3 layers. But if you check the screenshot I sent, you could see that there are other grouped layers still visible. So how is that possible? If you like to have a look at what am saying, please check this url: youtu.be/M9QeYhPPcyE?t=1146 (it will jump to the correct time). Sorry if this is a dumb question, but eager to see what really is happening. – Akhilesh B Chandran Dec 16 '20 at 6:51
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    He's merely editing the Smart Object then saving/closing it and going back to the main document. – Scott Dec 16 '20 at 6:53
  • ah okay. Got it. Thanks! – Akhilesh B Chandran Dec 16 '20 at 6:54
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I figured out what I was looking for. To create a merged version of the visible layers, create a blank layer at the very top of all your other layers. Select this blank layer, and then press:

Ctrl/Cmd + Alt + Shift + E

This will create a merged snapshot version of your work.

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