PHOTOSHOP CS6 - Create New Document from Current State Bug

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I posted about this in the Adobe forums a year ago and there was no response.

https://forums.adobe.com/thread/15287...

I'm using Photoshop CS6 (Creative Cloud) on Windows 7. Most of the time, when I click on the "create new document from current state" icon at the bottom of the history panel, a new document identical to it will be created as expected.

But every once in a while, the new image created won't be identical. It'll be a few states behind/missing history. It never happened before the last Photoshop update I ran through the cloud back in 2014 but I don't know if that's related.

I see other people reported this here and they're being asked for the steps so it can be replicated. In my case, there's no way to replicate it. It just happens out of the blue.

The ONLY thing all of the .psd documents this happens to have in common is that they contain either masks, clipping masks, or FX and those are what disappears when the new document is created. But this doesn't ALWAYS happen with documents that include these things. It just happens at random.

And there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the files themselves at first because the new document function will work fine while I'm working with it, then it'll stop working out of the blue and nothing I do gets it to work again for that file.

Not closing and reopening the file, not closing and reopening Photoshop, not saving the file with another name or even to another layered format like .tiff. I'm attaching a screenshot so you can see what I'm talking about.

Step 1: My image (.psd) is open. You can see what the layers look like.



Step 2: I navigate to the history panel and click the "create new document from current state" button.



Step 3: The new document opens. But look at the layers. The mask is now missing.



It's incredibly frustrating to have no clue when it's going to happen or why. For now, I just saved a second copy of the image and worked with that one but I'm hoping Adobe can figure this out.
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WAIT! I think I just solved the problem without meaning to. I wondered if the fact that I didn't have my mask linked to the layer when I created the new document is what made it disappear.

So I linked the mask, THEN created the new document, and sure enough, the new document included the mask as expected. I unlinked the mask, then tried again, and it was gone again.

I can't imagine that every single time I've done this, I had an unlinked mask since I work with images all the time and often need to unlink my masks. It's possible though. But this still doesn't explain when it's FX or clipping masks that disappear.
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Have you tried this in the current version of Photoshop (CC 2014)?
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I've been experiencing this problem/anomaly. I'm running the latest version of CC on a Mac. I just tried linking my unlinked layer masks, and that does, indeed, fix the problem: the new document from current history state is, as it should be, identical to the document from which the copy was made. Thank you!!
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I'm using whichever Photoshop I have through Creative Cloud and it says CS6. I just let it update whenever the CC client says my applications have updates available and figured that if there were another version, it would make the switch like it did when it automatically switched out my CS5. So CC would be listed separately? If so, then I'll manually install it and see if its behavior is any better.

Also, I'd be curious to hear from Adobe if the unlinked mask behavior is intended and where that would be documented.
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You need to install the newer versions - you are two full versions behind.
Yes, Photoshop CC and CC 2014 are new versions, listed separately from CS6.
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Okay thanks! Are they integrated enough where my assets will remain (e.g. custom brushes, actions I made, etc) or should I back those up and just port them into CC?
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You should be prompted to copy presets from the old version to the new version.
But it won't copy all of your preferences.
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Thanks Chris! I was able to update and move all of my presets over to CC. I tested a document to see if unlinking the mask from its layer causes it to disappear when creating a new document from the current state and it doesn't, so it looks like that issue is resolved in this new version! This can be marked as resolved (I don't see a way to do it myself).
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I thought I remembered a bug like that getting fixed - but it's been a few years.
Thanks for verifying!