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Hi! I have created a cartoon character that I want to use and reuse many times. It is made in about 20 layers. I would like to "flatten" all the layers into one so that I can replicate it many times without having it be such a heavy file. 

I cannot find any videos on Serif or online to tell me how to do this.




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Which Affinity application(s) do you have access to?
And can you describe in more detail what sort of layers you have – Pixel, Rectangle, Curve, etc. – and what you mean by “flatten”?
For example, do you need to be able to manipulate the layers individually after “flattening”, or not? What sort of layers do you expect to have after "flattening"?
The more information you can give us the better we can help.

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2 hours ago, GarryP said:

and what you mean by “flatten”?

... or try grouping (nesting) by Group or Layer.

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