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I need to make a sprite. I was instructed to make one layer an editable layer and another layer that is a flattened bitmap layer. Any instructions on how to do this would be appreciated.

  • Do you have an example of what you are trying to accomplish? – OghmaOsiris Nov 25 '13 at 18:05
  • Sadly I do not. Basically one layer is supposed to be editable. The extension i have on my photoshop is going to create a sprite from the bitmapped layer. I just can't figure out how to create the bitmapped layer. – yeahumok Nov 25 '13 at 18:08
  • What is the extension? It sounds like you just need to have your artwork flattened before using it (perhaps the extension does not process layer effects) – JohnB Nov 25 '13 at 18:12
  • well right now, i'm basically in a .psd document. I thought i'd have to duplicate the layer and then somehow modify the second layer to become a bitmap. Is this even possible? – yeahumok Nov 25 '13 at 18:13
  • photoshop "is" bitmap. Should you by mistake use some vector tools, the layer or image is easily turned into raster, or "bitmap-isised". – benteh Nov 25 '13 at 19:50
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All pixel layers in Photoshop are "bitmap" layers. Simply don't use any of the vector or type tools and if you do, rasterize them afterwards. Or choose Flatten Layers from the Layer Panel menu and you are left with 1 "bitmap" layer.


Adobe's use of the word "bitmap" in their application does not redefine what the word "bitmap" (see Pixel Storage at the link) actually means. Adobe's menu items are not the definition of a term in many instances.

In global terms, "bitmap" merely indicates a raster image or image where pixel data is stored as opposed to vector or other forms of image data.

  • My copy of Photoshop CC 20.0.5 reserves the word "bitmap" for 1-bit ("depth" if you will) bitmaps. If I create a new 1-bit bitmap in Photoshop, it will then not allow me to create layers. In case anyone else came here wondering the same thing. – Ron Burk Jul 20 at 0:04
  • @RonBurk Adobe's usage of words for menu items is often not the actual definition of the word. Answer edited. – Scott Jul 20 at 0:15
  • The point is that there are conditions under which Photoshop (as ever, with no explanation) refuses to let you create a new layer. One of those is in play if you see Image|Mode|Bitmap is selected. So if someone says they need help creating a layer for a "bitmap" in Photoshop, some finite percentage of the time this will be the problem. IMHO, your version of PS may vary, etc. – Ron Burk Jul 21 at 2:23

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