Flattening Graphics with Layers

Multilayer graphics can be useful for compositing and complex graphics, but most of the time you only need a single still-image clip. If your original image file is a Photoshop file, make sure you flatten it before you save it as media for importing into Final Cut Pro.

You may want to save two versions of the Photoshop file: the original file that retains the independent layers (this is a working copy you keep so you can go back to make independent layer adjustments) and a separate flattened image created by choosing File > Save As or File > Export in your graphics application.

If you want to work with layered Photoshop files, see Working with Layered Photoshop Sequences.