Re-edit Layers in Photoshop Elements 8

Q: In Photoshop Elements 8 which is the best method of saving, after working with layers, if I want to edit it again?

Will the layers be visible when I open the image again?

A: This is a common question people have about working with Layers in Photoshop Elements. Here's what you can do.

If you want to preserve the Layers with your document go under the File menu, and instead of choosing Save, choose Save As…. A dialog box will open (see photo above).

Make sure you have the Layers box checked. From the Format drop-down menu choose Photoshop, it's the best Format to save a Layered file in. You should see the extension at the end of the name in the Save As field change to .psd, which stands for Photoshop Document.

Now you can close that file and at any time open it and all your Layers will be intact.

You probably will also want to save a Flattened version of your photograph. So after doing the .psd Save As, go up to the Layer menu and choose Flatten Image. All your Layers will be merged into the Background Layer.

Now you can choose Save As from the File menu and this time in the Dialog box choose JPEG from the Format drop-down menu. You should see the extension at the end of the file name in the Save As field change to .jpg.

Now you will have 2 files for your photograph. A Layered file with .psd at the end of the name. And a flattened version with .jpg at the end of the name. Good luck!

Until next time,

Comments for Re-edit Layers in Photoshop Elements 8

Click here to add your own comments

Very Useful Information!!
by: Anonymous

Thanks Rick!! This is extreeeeeemely helpful!! :)


You're welcome. I'm so glaaaaaaaaaad you found it of value! ;^)

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Photoshop Elements Q & A.

Search This Site:

Sign up for my newsletter
BECAUSE… You get

  • 4 Step-By-Step Videos showing Tips being used
  • One-Page Printable Cheat Sheets of Tips

Get My Photoshop Elements Books for just $3.99 from Amazon

More Content… follow me:

"Just a note to say I LOVE your site! There seem to be a few PS Elements tutorials sites, but yours is by far the clearest and easiest to understand. Thanks!" - Ellie

"Watching your tutorials even about things that I think I know I ALWAYS learn something new. A big thank you!" - Douglas

"I am thrilled to find such useful and easy-to-understand information for using Photoshop Elements. I can't wait to use your tutorials (especially with my scrapbooking obsession)" - Judy in MS

Good day Rick, "I very appreciate ALL, ALL of your tutos. Very very clear and useful tips, tricks and techniques of how-to in PSE9. A great great work!" - Hoan

"Love your tutorials on YouTube. Very clear and helpful. Thanks a bunch." -

"I love your videos! They have been such a BIG help. I bought the Dummies book, and it's OK, but I do better by watching instead of reading. Kudos to you!" - Cheers, Kathy

"Thank you for this site! I found it through one of your videos on YouTube.
Again, thank you so much!" - Vanessa

"This is really a truly generous and very admirable website!" - Cheers, Jonas

"Hi Rick! First I've got to say thank you for all the information you share. I can't wait to see the "tips and tricks" you are working on because it sounds like those will help things all come together.
I've gone thru several of your tutorials and learn so much. I can't praise you enough for your time and patience." - Vicki.

"Your website is a great service and I thank you!"
 - Kind Regards, April

"A big thanks to you and your website, and the
 information and help I get from it, its much appreciated." - Rob

Rick - "Many thanks for your advice, that I will take. A big thank you as well for you outstandingly good tutorials. You do seem to have an amazing knack of making quite complicated tasks seem easy and straightforward. I am a fan!" - With Best Wishes, Tony

"Much more helpful than PS Elements 9 for Dummies book.... Thanks so much for your site..truly easy to follow." - Karin

Hi Rick. Just wanted to say a big thank you for all of the great information contained in your tutorials. I've stumbled around PS9 for quite a few weeks now and can't believe quite how easily you explain the different aspects. It's way, way more powerful than I imagined and now, for me, usable too. A big, big thank you from the UK. - Guy