Photoshop Tutorial: Quickly Export Layers into Images

In this tutorial, we’re going to be taking
at look at how you can quickly export the layers of your Photoshop document into their
own individual images. Now the first thing to do is to get rid of
any layers that you don’t actually want to export. So in my case I’m actually going to drag this
background layer down to the trash and get rid of it. Now the next thing is to go up to “File”,
down to “Export”, and then over to “Layers to Files.” Now if you are using an older version of Photoshop,
this option is going to be underneath the “Scripts” menu, but again for us, it’s under
“Export”, “Layers to Files”. Now once this dialog box comes up, you’re
going to have a few options here. The first of which, if you click on browse,
is where you actually want to save these images out once they export. So in my case, I’m going to select this “images”
folder, and click “open”. The next is a file name prefix. So this is what’s going to be appended to
the beginning of any of your layers. So it can be a word, or a phrase, or anything
that you want there. I’m just going to put a generic word of “image.” And the last option you have is for the file
type. So you can see that you have PDFs, PSDs, PNGs,
and JPEGs. I’m just going to be leaving it as JPEG, but
it does give you quite a few different options and each of these file types has its own extra
options. So for instance, here you can see that JPEG
has an option over the quality, which I’m just going to leave at 10. So you can go ahead and click run. And Photoshop
is going to quickly go through turning on and off each of the layers and exporting them. And if we click ok, we can come over to the
finder, click on “images”, and you can see that each of our layers has now exported into
its own image and it was prepended with that word “image” that we selected in the options. Now some of you may prefer Photoshop actions
for something like this if you wanted a little bit more control, but to quickly export each
of your layers as its own image after you did some kind of basic manipulation, this
does work out very well and it’s already built into Photoshop. So I hope you guys learned something today. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and comment,
and I’ll see you next time.


  1. rybfish76 July 30, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Great tutorial!

  2. Saúl Dorantes August 3, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Nice 🙂

  3. rollcake January 2, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Thank you for the tutorial.
    But really… who uses mac nowdays for VFX? Get a PC and a decent Adobe-certified GPU card. It'll make your life much easier.

  4. Aravind selvaraj December 29, 2017 at 6:46 am

    IF I MASKED ALL LAYERs IN ONE SHAPE of an clip mask means what wil i do

  5. G Render July 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    thank you , that's relay helpful

  6. Ramesh Babu July 8, 2018 at 9:11 pm


  7. Fry Filip July 22, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    no layer compos to file


  8. Sandeep Singh November 30, 2018 at 10:12 am

    I followed the same steps. the process started. but i just got the blank images. some files came, but those were the png. image that ofcourse changed into JPG format.
    Please tell me how to get PNG and JPG images differently from a Homepage PSD format.


  9. Stenky December 7, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I need help, with this way it takes a lot of time to export 600 layers, any other way?

  10. Matt Smith January 24, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    For some reason when I do this "Export" is light grey and will not work or do anything. Do you know why this might be?

  11. Zie SS February 12, 2019 at 3:06 am


  12. Daniel Torres March 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    this is gold, thanks gurú

  13. sean siegler April 6, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Thanks! Simple task but I couldn't find it!

  14. Hey There May 9, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I want to save the entire layer, including the part that's been cut out of the frame. How do I do that?

    I used to do it all the time but I haven't used Photoshop in forever and I forgot how I used to do it

  15. Peter Hrabacsyk July 7, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks man!

  16. Jeff Bommarito July 22, 2019 at 3:20 am

    how to export each layer onto a background color??

  17. Riley Christian August 9, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    How do I inverse the order?

  18. hipe GALAXY September 8, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    saving this way works, but my files are way too big. even if i take down the image quality. I usually export files using export > save for web…

    is there a way to do bulk export layers for that?

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