Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How To Extract Layers From Psd And Export To Png With The Transparency And Alpha Channel, Without Using Photoshop

I'm a Photoshop user, in the daily work, I use it as my main image editor. But sometimes, I need to extract layers from psd file, well, as you know, psd (photoshop document) is the default image format of Photoshop. The .psd format stores an image with support for most imaging options available in Photoshop. These include layers with masks, color spaces, ICC profiles, transparency, text, alpha channels and spot colors, clipping paths, and duotone settings.

Photoshop's popularity means that the .psd format is widely used, and it is supported to some extent by most competing software. So most of image material that I download from Internet is .psd format (ok, some are .png format, but if you need really useful image material, only .psd format is able to meet the needs.), and I need only one layer in it, I must extract the layer and export into other image format like jpeg, but if I wanna keep the transparency I must export the layer into 32-bit png with alpha channel. Without doubt, I can do this with my Photoshop, just start Photoshop, and open the .psd file, and hide all other layers and keep my favorite layer and save as png or jpeg, but it's somewhat inefficient, I just wanna open the psd file, and locate the layer I need and export into png, that's the way I want.
Fortunately, I'm a software developer, so I designed Super Layer, it's an easy-to-use utility software help you to extract Photoshop PSD layers and export into bmp, png, jpeg and gif. By using Super Layer, you can
  1. View Photoshop PSD layers with built-in viewer.
  2. Extract Photoshop PSD layer and save as BMP, PNG, JPEG and GIF.
  3. View ICO and GIF frames with built-in image viewer.
  4. Convert ICO into BMP, PNG, JPEG and GIF.
  5. Extract any frame of animation GIF and export to BMP, PNG, JPEG and GIF.
  6. Zoom in, zoom out images with built-in image viewer.
1. Open a PSD/ICO/GIF file from disk
2. Browse PSD/ICO/GIF layers and zoom in, zoom out
3. Explore PSD layers, ICO images and GIF frames on the right sidebar
4. Export PSD layers, ICO images and GIF frames to BMP, JPEG, PNG...

- About the Author:
Hi, I'm Dean Martin, the founder of ImageToolbox™, At the beginning of my career as a software developer, I was focused on image and multimedia software development. Now, 10 years have passed, I want to dedicate my knowledge and experience to community, especially for the normal PC users. So I build the site and start writing blog articles and producing utility softwares related with image and multimedia. If you have any problem, or questions, or if you just want to request any kind of software you need, please don't hesitate to contact me, you'll find my email address on the right hand side.