Photoshop: Duplicating layers into new document resulted in change of colors (CS6)

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I was working on large (-ish) psb file (around 1 gig) It had several layers and some groups, but nothing complex or otherwise special such as imported smart objects etc.

I wanted to make experimentally one destructive change on it, so I selected all layers and copied them into new document. When the new document opened, I noticed something weird with the colors. I had done some pretty detailed color work, and if not so I definitely would not have noticed it. But indeed, COLORS HAD SHIFTED TOWARDS YELLOW.

I closed the document without saving, then did the same thing – but again, colors were ever so slightly more yellow and saturated. I checked the blending modes and transparencies of adjustment layers, nothing changed. I checked the color settings - sRGB on both documents. Then finally, I went to open window menu to get the info panel so I could check individual pixel values and CRASH. Photoshop just quit and I got crash report.

But the most weird thing here: I reopened, opened the same document, duplicated layers into new document and TA-DA. Everything was just fine, colors were exactly right. And since, I have not been able to reproduce this problem.

Only thing that I can think of here is that my PS had been open for like couple of days with these quite huge files open, (I never shut down) so PS must had had quite a lot RAM in use. Then freshly started, no problem. I will continue trying to recreate this.

Late 2011 MBP, 16GB RAM + 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Operating System: Mac OS 10.7.5
Adobe Photoshop Version: 13.0 (13.0 20120315.r.428 2012/03/15:21:00:00) x64

Thanks for reading! I know it's not groundbreaking problem, but something weird going on and thought to report.
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First, go install the Photoshop updates. You should be on version 13.0.3 or 13.1.1.