Photoshop: Can't save PSB file as PDF

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Hi. One of my photoshop files have been converted to psb, I am not able to convert it to a pdf. Please help
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Did it get converted to psb because it is larger than 2gb? If not, you should be able to save as a psd again.

If so, you will need to find a way to make the file weight on disk less than 2gb.

Or save a flattened copy.
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Thanks for your reply. How can i do that? Decrease the file weight/ save a flattened copy. I tried converting it to a TIFF as well, that doesn't seem to work either. 
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The menu option "Layer -> Flatten Image" will merge all layers together into one background. Don't save over your file if you do this. You can then save-as to a PSD or export to PDF, but you will have no layers or embedded text. It is just an image at that point.
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More info:
https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop-elements/kb/maximum-image-size-limits-photoshop.html
Elements does not support psb, only Photoshop does.
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Mr. Shristisainani, 

A PSB is a large document format.  Is this what you want or are you trying to save n Photoshop's PSD format?   Only to verify.   
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Thanks for your reply. Yes, more than 2GB. I am trying to convert it to a pdf so i can get it printed out. 
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Well, don't save it in PSB.  No offense, you're the only guy I knew who used that.  
Can you rename or disguise it as something else to get it to save again?  I've done lots of things (I have forgotten about) to fool a computer.   

A 2 Gb file isn't that large.  For prints, you either need a printer with that kind of memory on it, or a computer that commits its own RAM memory to the printer as there are two types of printers like that.  Don't forget the print driver lodges itself in the RAM for printing so if you have just enough memory committed to your work, you'll need more memory to share with the printer driver.  Lemme explain that - a printer driver is only 258kb as it sits in the RAM at boot-up but when that driver carries a large print and drags it to the printer, if you don't have enough RAM it will choke as the computer freezes up.  With as much memory our current machines have, you should be able to get a 2Gb file printed.  You'll need 4 Gigs of memory minimum, most come with 8 but if you have Windows XP, 7 or 8, those are only using 4 Gigs of that memory set even if you have 8 installed.  If you have 4 Gigs, an older Windows version will choke after only 3 Gigs.   

I'm not sure why you chose PSD other than it's a large document built into a full Photoshop.   Were you needing a large document format to transfer to a major media for print?   If you want to save it with the layers intact, I utilize PDF-GIF instead of PSD, which saves it in a slightly compressed file but it's only 30% compared to JPG at 75% compression and a PDF-JPG at 60% and all the open layers are intact.   PDF will also allow a save without compression as there are many choices of file-type when saving in PDF.  

For example, when I send advertising to a major magazine for my company and it's anywhere from 20 Megs to 3 Gigs, I send it in PDF-GIF with the layers exposed if their graphics guy wants it like that, otherwise, I flatten the layers for them.   As far as sending it in an email, there is a 20 meg limit for most email hosts, but when I have a large file, I commit it to Drop Box or Share Point (from 2 years ago) or I save it on a hefty thumb drive and send it in the mail.  And as usual, all my ad-works are kept on one of my 3 external drives.  Do don't forget a backup or two, (or three) like I do.   There's never enough of those.   

Steve Lehman, MCSE responding  

 
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