9 Things to Check Before Flattening Your Layout

9 Things to Check Before Flattening Your Layout

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had that “uh oh” moment when you realize that your title is misspelled only seconds after flattening your layout.  If you are lucky, you catch it that quick, and you can use the handy dandy History menu to revert back and fix the mistake.  What happens if you’re not that lucky though?  I’ve not noticed errors until months after, when browsing my photos in a gallery.  I’ve found things I left off only after I have saved and shut down Photoshop.  It’s a sinking feeling in your stomach….that thought that you want to fix it, but there’s absolutely NO WAY for you to do so.  If you’ve ever been there, you know the panic that I am talking about.

After having that happen to me a number of times, I started putting together a list of things that I would personally check before flattening my layout for saving.  The list has saved me on a number of occasions.  If you’ve had this problem before, you are probably wondering what I have on this checklist, what things do I check for before I flatten my layout.  Wonder no more, after using this list for months on my own, I decided to create a handy printable checklist that you to can check before you flatten your layout.  It’s available for you to download for FREE!

9 Things to Check Before You Flatten Your Layout


This list is made up of the 9 most common mistakes I have made in the past when flattening a layout.  Yours may be different, but these 9 things I check before I flatten my layouts will be a good starting point to make sure you never find yourself in that “uh oh” position again.

What would you add to the list?  What would be your #10 Thing to Check?  Let’s share in the comments below!

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10 Responses to 9 Things to Check Before Flattening Your Layout

  1. Lori says:

    GREAT and very helpful list! Thank you so much for sharing. I just printed this out and have displayed it prominently near my monitor.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I like your idea of a checklist to use as a guideline before posting/ printing. However, the one thing I don’t understand is why you flatten? You mention that you do save your .psd files so I guess I am missing something?

    • Anonymous says:

      I actually DON’T save my PSD files, and flattened layouts take up less space. It’s also easier to get them to the appropriate file size for uploading and such.

  3. Helena says:

    good list. My nomination for No 10 – and I admit to doing it last week – check that each photo and paper that you clipped is totally covering the template shape – I posted a layout then noticed there was a sliver of green at the top of one photo where the template shate was showing.

    I don’t save the psd files of most layouts, so no going back for me.

  4. Jewely89 says:

    Ok, so here is my major question – regarding #6 – I keep a separate Word file with the digi files I use on my layouts… is there a better, more convenient way to do this???

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve heard about some people using the metadata in photoshop for their picture, but I find keeping a word or notepad document is the easiest for me.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you!
    I made a layout this weekend, totally and hopelessy in love with it myself, specially the way I clustered elements, saved the JPG file to my laptop and uploaded it… It wasn’t until I loaded it to my laptop background that I noticed a typo! Of course I had already closed PSE7 so I had to start all over again…..
    I now understand it’s important to save PSD files but they take on so much space on your hard disc. Is there a way to overcome that?

  6. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 6 post on Apr. 12, 2011. Thanks again.

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