Friday, March 11, 2011

Trim and Save Layers Action

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Are you a designer who likes to create all in one layered files? Maybe you like to make several elements on one document or all of your word art together.

This action will take EACH LAYER of a layered psd or tiff file and run a trim action on it. It will then save each of those trimmed layers as an individual png file. Each png will be named numerically starting at "_01".

There are 4 actions included in this set. Included actions allow you to choose from 5, 10, 20 or 30 layers to save. Don't worry if your file doesn't have exactly that number of layers. Just choose the action with the closest number of layers (without going under). The action will simply continue to run the number of layers assigned to it - you can easily delete the extra layers from the saved folder.

This action has been tested in Photoshop 7, PSCS1.0+ and PSE 5.0+.

This action is compatible for Mac users - but please note... You will need to designate a folder for the action to save the png files to. You will also need to manually name each file as the action runs. While this will involve more interaction on your part, you will not need to rename your files after the action is completed.

I've included a step by step instruction sheet on how to use this action.


Now if all of your elements are on one layer, this action won't work for you. But I'll be working on an Element Cutter Action in the future that will help you out. If you are a template designer, skip this action and take a look at my PNG Layer Saver Action instead.

Thanks for stopping by!!

1 comment:

kc71595 said...

I am SO excited to hear you are working on an element cutter action. Will this work on .png files of alphas all on one sheet? When do you expect to make this available? Because I would LOVE to have it!!

Do you happen to know if anyone else has anything like this?

you can contact me at Thanks! :)