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368 Points

Thu, Sep 22, 2011 7:31 PM

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Photoshop: How did I get a flattened PSD after saving PDF?

So I'm not going to rage. I really want to. But I won't. I'm using Photoshop CS 5.5 (Windows). I was on the sixth version of a high fidelity Website mockup. The client asked that I provide them the design in PDF format. So from within the .PSD file, I select "Save As" and choose PDF as the format. I complete the PDF wizard and all seemed good.

No. Apparently, when you save as a PDF, it turns the PSD file you actively have open into a PDF? I noticed that the file type changed to PDF from PSD on the tab. "That's stupid," I thought. "I'll just change it back to a PSD, since I've made a few modifications since I saved it last."

You know, in Dreamweaver when you execute a "Save As", it opens the new file in its own tab. Just a thought.

Maybe my next choice was wrong, but it seemed instinctive to me. I decided to "Save As" again, but this time as a PSD file. I still had my layers in tact, so I didn't think there would be a problem.

I close out the file. When I open the PSD file back up just a few minutes ago, it's COMPLETELY FLATTENED. GONE. MY WORK IS GONE. Awesome. Thank you.

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Champion

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19.3K Points

6 years ago

The french user posted a step by step. Seems that there is no more warning icon next to the layers checkbox. http://imgur.com/a/OjhSI
Also, in this step of events, if one unchecks "layers" when saving the PDF, copy gets added to the filename. NOT for a PSD, or not when layers gets unchecked by the fact that the preserve editing abitilites is unchecked when saving to another file format.

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80 Points

6 years ago

Just wanted to chime in and say even though it is not a bug, it is very easy for the end user to mistakenly save a PSD without layers as the result of saving a PDF of an open document (without editing abilities). I for one think it would be a good idea to somehow notify the user. A dialog with a "don't tell me again" checkbox in it or something to that effect. This problem used to get me all the time if I wasn't looking out for it. 10 year PS user here for what it's worth.

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150 Points

6 years ago

This is ridiculous. When I save as PNG, JPG, etc, I get a separate file than my PSD and the PSD remains open.

But when I save a PDF it closes my PSD? Naturally many people would assume that it actually *changed* the PSD, given the save behavior of most other file types.

I've lost a lot of work to this in the past and came here hoping to find it was just user error. Really it is just bad UI design on the part of Adobe.

The question is "answered" and not solved.

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120 Points

5 years ago

100% agree with all frustrated users. Yes, it is a user error but c'mon adobe, give us a break. It's simply too late once we realize your save as a pdf with/without layers has it's own set of rules as so eloquently said by SidainMSJones above.

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102 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Layers in the PSD project are gone after saving a copy of my work to a PDF for a ....

Hi there,

I have experienced something that is very weird in Photoshop CC yesterday, I understand this is how it always works but I consider it a huge problem.

I was working on a PSD with multiple layers and I wanted to save it both as a PSD and also as a PDF file to send it to the client. I first saved my document as a PDF unchecking the box to keep the layers, assuming that this setting is only for the PDF output filter. I unchecked it because that will shrink the document to a reasonable size of 10 Mb instead of 100 Mb. After that I saved it also as a PSD, at that time, all the layers were still visible in the document I was working in.

When I later re-openened the PSD file, to my horror all the layers were gone there as well!

At Adobe they said it is just the way the software works , but i think this is really dangerous for the user, I lost a lot of changes I made in the different layers because of this.

If a user would want to merge all layers into one, he/she could do so with 1 mouseclick, but I definately didnt expect this when I saved the document as a PDF.

After all, when I save the document as a JPG and after that as a PSD, I dont lose all my layers do I?

This just doesnt make any sense! If anyone can explain to me why this is better than just saving the PDF without layers and keeping the project intact, I'd like to hear that...

Marcel

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80 Points

5 years ago

In early automobiles, the gas peddle wasn't always on the right side. (I don't know if that true, but suppose it was.) Well, of course, people would press the accelerator when they wanted to stop and some three dimensional objected would get flattened.

People complained and one self righteous person said, "just look at the peddles before you hit the breaks. It's that simple." Nevertheless, things kept getting flatten until one day a major car manufacturer, I think it was Ford, decided to do what we call today: "fix the user interface." They studied the problem and decided to always have the gas peddle on the right side.

Adobe telling us to make sure one of the check boxes is checked is like Henry Ford telling Model T owners to look at the peddles before slamming on the breaks. Henry fixed the problem and Adobe can too.

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174 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Saving out as PDF flattened my PSD.

Hi,
I've been using PS for 8 years now and this has to be the most frustrating thing that happens with the program - the psd Ive been working on is flattened. I was saving out my document as a .pdf, and the mistake I think I made was unchecking "Preserve Photopshop editing capabilities". I thought this option would allow the pdf to be reopened and editable in PS; thinking that this would increase the size of the pdf I unchecked the option. Now I have a pdf and a flattened psd. Awesome.
Why is saving pdf different from saving out a jpeg or png? Why would I want to flatten my psd?
Great user experience.
Dylan

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120 Points

5 years ago

After losing too many art files I've spent the time to learn that when you are saving your work as a pdf, you need to check the box as a copy on the same screen as where you choose to save as a pdf. It will be fine.

This is stupid & needs to be changed. When I'm working on multiple projects, a co-worker asks a question or my phone rings it's too easy to make a mistake.

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174 Points

5 years ago

Hey Christine,
Thanks for your reply- it's nice to hear I'm not the only one! It gave me me quite the emotional rollcoster when I open my psd!
I will never forget to check that box again, cheers

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120 Points

5 years ago

I'm thinking when you hit 'save as' pdf you didn't select the 'as a copy' box. See attachment...

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60 Points

5 years ago

This is the Norman Door of Save.

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80 Points

5 years ago

I am a powerhouse Photoshop user for over 15 years.  I purchased my Creative Suite CS5 for $2,600.  I would never ever assume SAVE AS PDF would replace my PSD file.  I would assume my PSD layered file is safe.  Someone should kill the developer that change this from the previous version of Photoshop.  CHANGE IT BACK.  IF IT ISN'T BROKEN, WHY THE F!$&%$ FIX IT! 

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122 Points

4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PHOTOSHOP CC 2017 FLATTEN BUG.

This bug just cost me hours of work : ( . I have a file with multiple artboards in Photoshop. Saved the PSD, then wanted to save a copy as PDF, did that. Then I continued my work. When I finished, I saved the PSD file again, on top of what I had saved before, and closed my file thinking: I'm Done! on the next. Unluckily for me, That PSD files (as well as the PDF), got flattened without my knowledge. I lost all my layers, all of my work pretty much. Happened two times on two seperate files.

So it seems like when you have a file with multiple Artboards, and save as a PDF mid-way, and save as PSD after that, that PSD gets flattened.

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112 Points

4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PSD loses layers.

I've been working on developing my resume in Photoshop for the past couple days and finally finished it.  It was a very populated document with a lot of layers, organized with folders and looking pretty!

Once complete, I saved the .PSD.  Afterwards, I decided to Save As a Photoshop PDF, set for Smallest File Size.  Now I got my finished PDF!

But wait, I realized I needed to make a couple edits post .PDF, so I go back to Photoshop, layers are still all there :)  So I make my edits and Save As a .PSD.  I decided to close Photoshop before exporting another .PDF because I had other activities in line.

Upon my return of opening the original PSD... all my layers are gone now.

I have recreated this weird loss of layers twice more to verify my order of operations.  This is totally lame!

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222 Points

3 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: I save a PSD file with layers, save as a PDF, reopen the PSD file, and....

Problem: I save a PSD file with layers. Next I Flatten Layers, change the Image Size and save as a PDF. I close the file. When I reopen the PSD file, all my Layers are gone.

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