The title isn't precise - I know I can just make only this one layer visible and then save as e.g. PNG. But my question is - do I have to make all other layers invisible in order to save only my 1 single layer as image? Or is there a way to save only a single layer (or a few at once) without hiding the rest of them?

Edit: Let me rephrase my question - can Photoshop export to an image from only one layer (and not all visible ones)?

  • It may be easier to just copy it and paste as a new image (but I'm not a Photoshop user, so I can't tell for sure how it will work)
    – gronostaj
    Dec 2, 2013 at 11:41
  • No, hiding the other layers is easy enough but I want to know if it's necessary.
    – NPS
    Dec 2, 2013 at 11:44
  • If your concern is remembering which layers to restore: 1) Alt+click (on Windows) the layer you want to export. 2) File, Save as. Select "as a copy" and save your file. If PSD, also uncheck "layers". 3) Undo.
    – nitro2k01
    Dec 4, 2013 at 21:42

2 Answers 2


From what I've managed to learn - it's impossible to avoid hiding layers. Photoshop always uses all visible layers to create an image.


Go to File > Scripts > Export Layers to Files. You will have to delete the non desired layer images afterwards though. This could also be accomplished better with a custom script, but that gets more complex.


You could also right-click the layer in the layer palette and select Duplicate Layer. Choose New in the document dropdown to paste the layer into it's own empty file. You can then save or export that. This functionality could also be accomplished in a script.

  • This script duplicates the document being exported but the exporting itself still uses all layers, I believe. I actually am writing a custom script but I still have to use all layers. AFAIK, at least.
    – NPS
    Dec 4, 2013 at 22:49
  • @NPS Updated answer
    – John
    Dec 5, 2013 at 13:48

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