I have designed a website template in Photoshop CC2014 and after making this I have to upload it on a server for my client, but before this I want to delete all images (pixel layers) from .psd files. There are 80+ PSDs so can anyone help me in deleting image (pixel layers) from PSDs, Excluding Background Layer?

This would be great if you can give me action or script.

I know doing pixel filter can help but this is a very slow process.

Layers I need to delete

  • Just the be clear, you want to delete all normal pixel layers (anything that isn't a shape, color, adjustment, background etc)? – Cai Aug 12 '16 at 8:06
  • Yes you're right. I just wanted to delete All Normal Pixel Layers. – Ali Aug 12 '16 at 8:11
  • Isn't the "grid" layer a normal layer too? – Cai Aug 12 '16 at 8:21
  • Yes Mistakenly forgot to highlight. – Ali Aug 12 '16 at 8:26
  • Ok no problem, just making sure. Should be easy enough to script – Cai Aug 12 '16 at 8:30

This script will loop through all your layers and groups and delete any normal (pixel) layers. It will record the deletions in the history (as a single history state, thanks Joonas) but PLEASE save before using this and test it thoroughly as I've only done limited testing.

var doc = app.activeDocument;
doc.suspendHistory("Remove Normal Layers", "deletePixelLayers( doc )");

function deletePixelLayers(target)
        var layers = target.layers;
        for (var i = 0; i < layers.length; i++)
            var curLayer = layers[i];
            var visible = curLayer.visible; // remember visibility
            curLayer.allLocked = false; // unlock layer

            // Layer is a group
            if ("LayerSet" == curLayer.typename) {

            // Layer is a NORMAL (Pixel) Layers
            if (LayerKind.NORMAL == curLayer.kind
                && !curLayer.isBackgroundLayer) {

                curLayer.remove(); // Delete the layer

            // restore layer visibility
            if (curLayer) curLayer.visible = visible;
        ; // do nothing
  • Since you already wrapped it in a function and all, it's pretty easy to use sustendHistory to write only one history state. Like this. I didn't edit it in the answer cause I can't test it right now. – Joonas Aug 12 '16 at 11:09
  • Good point @Joonas edited it in, works fine. – Cai Aug 12 '16 at 11:18
  • Thanks for sharing but its not working. Error: The Command "Delete" is not currently available. – Ali Aug 12 '16 at 11:35
  • Do you have locked layers or hidden layers? That may be it, I'm not sure – Cai Aug 12 '16 at 11:37
  • Yes few layer are hidden. does this affect the code? – Ali Aug 12 '16 at 11:40

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