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I have a photoshop file with layered componpents that I am animating. I need to save each layer of each element as a png file with the same dimensions (so if a box moves, 3 layers of the psd file have to be saved as pngs the exact same size, fitting all 3 box shapes within).

Currently, I am cropping the psd, then saving each layer individually, then un-cropping and doing it again with another component. Which is so annoying.

My question is, is there a way to select an area of a psd file (and not a slice, because I don't want hundreds of non-files being saved at the same time) and do like a 'copy merged' but have it save the component it copied to a new file the same dimension as the selected area and not just the element of whatever was inside the selected area (so keeping all the blank space)?

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While it may be possible to do what you're asking with a script or plugin, I can't help but think there is a better workflow completely than the one you are doing. Regardless, I suspect some example images describing your process visually would aid in getting useful answers. –  Myrddin Emrys Apr 13 '12 at 13:58

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