How to Edit a Multi-Layered PNG

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How to Edit a Multi-Layered PNG
You will need graphic software to edit a PNG file. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

A PNG is a digital graphics file format that supports multiple image layers in one picture. If you would like to edit or change a multilayered PNG file, you will need to use a graphics program that supports layers. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Paintshop Pro or GIMP allow you to open and change a PNG file. Once you've edited the file, you can choose to save it as the same file type or flatten the layers and save it as a more standard file type, such as a JPG.

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Things you need

  • Graphic design software

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  1. 1

    Launch a graphic design software, such as Photoshop, Paintshop Pro or GIMP.

  2. 2

    Select "File," then click "Open" to browse your computer for the PNG.

  3. 3

    Double-click the PNG file to load it into the software. You will see a list of layers used in the PNG in the Layers window. You can click on the individual layers to edit parts of the image, or make changes directly to the top layer.

  4. 4

    Use the graphic software tools to edit the PNG file as you would any other image. You can alter the design and colour by using paint, pen and pencil tools. You can also crop the image, resize it or create special effects by using program filters.

  5. 5

    Click the "Layers" menu, then choose to flatten the layers once you have completed your changes.

  6. 6

    Select "File," then click "Save As" from the menu.

  7. 7

    Choose a more standard file type, such as JPG from the file type drop-down menu, then save your image. This allows you to keep a copy of the original multilayered image while converting your edited image into a single-layered image file.

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