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Export Layers to Files in Photoshop Automatically

If you have a blog, like I do, and frequently need to export several thumbnails of identical size for posts and articles, you have probably thought about how you could automate the creation of thumbnails for your posts. If you just have a few thumbnails that you need to create, you could probably do that manually but if you have a bunch, then automation becomes very important. In today’s tutorial I will show you how to export layers to JPG files in Photoshop to help you produce blog posts or anything else quickly and without a lot of grief.

Video Tutorial



Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • Jeff Sawyer

    Great tip! It looks like the “prefix” you’re referring to as automatically added by PhotoShop is really just a numbering system like the one you’ve hacked into the system by naming your layers as 1, 2, etc. This lets you name each of your layers something more meaningful, but still allows you to know what order they were in originally… If you add another prefix you could end up with something like feb2010_0000_strawberry.jpg, feb2010_0001_ladybug.jpg, etc. These are much more useful and meaningful filenames IMHO, but it always depends on the end use I suppose.

  • SmashinGeeks

    Helful Tutrial for me. Thanks
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  • paul

    what do you use to record your screencasts?
    .-= paul´s last blog ..Total Recall poster design =-.

  • Grant Friedman


    I use ScreenFlow for the Mac.

  • Umar

    Ahh nice tut man, very very useful for me too, especially when I have to save many icons made in same PS file, will be testing it out and see if it keeps the transparency or not… thanks a bunch man :)

  • Umar

    Works perfectly with transparency :D thanks a lot man, it will now save a lot of time for me… thanks again :)
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  • paul

    Sorry, I meant what microphone?

  • Grant Friedman

    Paul, I use the default Mic on my iMac.

  • Digital Pizza

    Wow! Very cool tips! A Photoshop feature that I don’t know it been exist!

  • Web Design Nottingham

    Great little tip there, no doubt will save lots of man hours which can be better spent elsewhere. Great work!

  • krike

    nice tip, can’t believe I used to this manually for every thumbnail :D

  • Rob

    Great stuff, can’t believe I didn’t know about this!

  • BebopDesigner

    Brilliant tip! I’ve wasted ages of time doing this the hard way. Thanks a million, you’ve just improved my life.


  • web2000

    Hey Grant, just wondering.. Does this work also with layer groups?
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  • Nicola

    Great video Grant, like many others I used to do this thumbnail by thumbnail such a long task. The video has helped me see the light. My question is the same as Web2000 does it work with groups please?