"Flatten image" is not possible from Layer menu (greyed out)
Hello, I am trying to flatten the image and to have a 2 color palette starting from RGB mode. If I try it by going to Image>Mode>Indexed, I am not able to select Palette>Exact, since Exact is greyed out. How can I get the "Exact" palette to be available? Thank you. Joan
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Create a new file, then for each image you wan to add, go to the File menu and choose "Open as Layer". Then you will be able to move each layer around independently. For your text, go to the Layer menu, and then choose "New Layer". Then use the text tool and put your text in that new layer. To move layers, click on the icon in the tool panel that looks like a plus sign with arrows at each tip. You will click on that tool, then click on the layer you want to move in the layer palette, then click on the image and drag to move it.
When you first open a picture file (particularly an image file you got from the web) it might be locked. Check on the Layers palette to see if you see a padlock symbol like this: If the file is locked it is because it is in "Index color mode" and you need to change it to RGB. On the menu bar, go to Image > Mode > RGB. Your image will still be locked, however, now you can use the Layers palette again to make a duplicate of your image. Click, drag and drop your "Background" layer to the Create New Layer button, like this: Now you will have two layers: Background (Locked) and Background Copy (not locked). You can drag and drop the locked layer to the trash can if you want to (you don't need it anymore). You should now be able to edit the new Background Copy layer freely.
There are a couple of possibilities. 1. Confirm the image is in RGB color mode, sometimes CMYK or Index color will lock tools (Image->Mode->RGB) 2. Sometimes part of the image is selected, even though you may not see it. Try using ctrl+d to make sure you have de-selected all of the canvas. Good Luck!
What model of scanner are you using? Is it white light based or RGB LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). Very rarely it may happen that the Red and Blue LEDs are not glowing may be because of loose contact, but this very rare occurence. Try reloading driver software.
If you have Photoshop:
Layer>New adjustment Layer>Levels
Use the middle eyedropper tool and click on something in your photo that should be gray/dark gray.
Use the white eyedropper (far right eye dropper) and click on something in the photo that you know is (or should be) white. You can try the gray first, then the white.