Exporting individual layers in Photoshop, keeping their sizes

I‘m trying to export individual layers in Photoshop as PNGs, keeping their size. So if I have a layer that is 200×200 in a composition that is 1000×1000, I want to export just that layer as a PNG at 200×200. Is it possible?

Answers:

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Method 1

I’m not sure this question is on-topic, but it’s the first question on the site, so here we go:

What you’re looking for are layer based slices.

  1. Select the layers you want to export, go to Layer > New Layer Based Slice(s)
  2. Go to File > Save for Web & Devices…
  3. When saving, choose “All User Slices”

If you have overlapping layers, which you will have more often than not, you might have to repeat the process a few times, hiding certain layers each time.

Method 2

File→Script→Export Layers to Files…

Make sure that Trim Layers is checked before exporting. This will save a 200×200 layer within a 1000×1000 composition as a 200×200 PNG file.

Method 3

One thing you can do is:

  1. Hide everything you don’t want to see (option click the “eye” icon of your chosen layer)
  2. Select all
  3. Copy merged
  4. Create a new file (it’ll automatically be the size of your clipboard, which should have resized to the size of actual pixels in your selection)
  5. Paste and save as a PNG
  6. Repeat!

There are scripts for this if you have an insane amount of layers, but an initial Google search didn’t turn up a whole lot of these.

Method 4

Solution number 1:

Draw a Marquee selection around the element;
choose Edit → Copy Merged
File → New; hit Return;
“Paste.”

now you have your element ready to be saved in png format

Solution number 2:

right click on the layer (or group of layers) choose to duplicate the layer (or group) choose New as a destination

and you get a new document with your layer(s)

🙂

Method 5

Select Layer and go to Layer → Export As in CS6.


All methods was sourced from stackoverflow.com or stackexchange.com, is licensed under cc by-sa 2.5, cc by-sa 3.0 and cc by-sa 4.0

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