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In a graphic manipulation programme, merging multiple layers containing objects, and thus creating a single, "flat" image (where manipulating the objects on the previously separate layers becomes difficult/impossible).

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Adobe Illustrator: How to consolidate complex objects?

Sometimes when I'm working on a piece, I'll use multiple resource intensive patterns & effects like Transforms, 3D revolves, etc. to the point where the document becomes slow and unstable. Then i'...
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PDF with flattened transparency / stitching / but lines are printing?

I intimately familiar with the flattened PDF / white line / stitching issue. They're screen artifacts, they won't print on press, yadda yadda. I use a variety of PDF settings, depending on where and ...
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How to flatten backgrounds in Acrobat X Standard (and/or save to PDF/X‑1a2001)

My original doc is a word doc (380 page textbook with 9 chapters) I have saved it as a PDF/X‑1a2001 from word and opened it in Acrobat X Standard where I have added 9 backgrounds to set page ranges to ...
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Remove Alpha Channel vs Flatten Image in GIMP

Does anyone know how Remove Alpha Channel works and what Flatten Image exactly does (e.g. what operations it performs and in what sequence)? In particular, I'm trying to understand why they produce ...
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How to stop losing adjustment effect in photoshop when saving image?

Ok, this problem is driving me round the bend. Basically whenever I try to save my finished drawing on photoshop CS6, the background texture to my drawing darkens considerably. Here are some photos of ...
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Flatten visible layers into a new one in Sketch

Is there any way to create a new layer which is an image of the flattened visible layers? Basicly the equivalent of Photoshop's Command+Option+Shift+E shortcut in Sketch.
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“Flatten” vector image in Illustrator so that invisible objects are not included

I have multiple objects on top of each other in various layers. Now I would like to export a version of my file where only the visible parts of all the objects and layers will be included. How do I ...
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How to flatten pdf when exporting in Illustrator

I need to flatten my PDFs when I export illustrator files. I don't want to do it manually selecting every item, but I would like the export to come out flattened. What is the best method? Or would ...
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“Flattening” overlapping paths in Inkscape

I have 2 black separated areas: Actually the 2 black areas have a different shape and are separated by white line of constant stroke width (shown in red here): When I put this fiuigure over a ...
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Do I need to flatten an artwork made in Indesign, which will be used for an e-mail blast?

I am currently working on an artwork which I plan to use for an email blast and not for print. Since I am new with InDesign, I want to know if I need to flatten the fonts / transparencies like what I ...
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How to quickly find all transparent objects in an artwork in Illustrator?

I have document with 15000 paths. I used a lot blending modes, blur effects and gradients with transparent nodes. I need to convert it to EPS. I found most of transparent objects, but over 50 more I'm ...
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How to connect two objects as union precisely?

I'm now reading this tutorial which describes how to create a simple to-do list iOS icon. On the tutorial, the author combines two rectangles as union in Sketch 3. However, when I tried to duplicate ...
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How do I make objects created with transform effect into an actual object?

Say, you apply transform as an effect and make a bunch of rotated copies of an object. Now those copies are an effect and if you center the object it will only center the original object and not the ...
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How do I flatten pixel layers in Affinity Designer?

Getting to grips with Affinity Designer by drawing a simple 16x16 pixel favicon, I've ended up with 5 pixel layers. I'm looking for a "flatten" function to squash them back into a single layer but I ...
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How to avoid multi-layered PDF's created in InkScape

Given a pdf, is there an easy way to find out whether is has multiple layers? The files I am concerned of are made in InkScape (in which they were multi-layered SVG's) but how can I figure out whether ...
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With modern digital publishing process is there any reason to use InDesign for a final advertisement?

One of the most cited things I've found online is to create final advertisements in InDesign to send publishing companies because it will result in better text quality. Is this just for high end ...
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Simple Spot Color Separations for Screen Printing

Ok, I'm an Illustrator noob, but I've worked in screen printing. I made a design which is composed of an expanded Live Trace, a couple of rectangles with fills and strokes, and some text within said ...
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How flatten transparency without rasterization?

I have a simple illustration in CorelDraw with overlapping simi-transparent curves with uniform fillings, and I need to export it to EPS while maintaining everything in vector form. It is perfectly ...
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Simplify illustrator object to just its visible parts

I have a complex illustrator object, with many of overlapping sections hidden behind one another. I want to simplify it down to just its visible parts. How do I do this? Why: I need to pass that to a ...