Layers in the PSD project are gone after saving a copy of my work to a PDF for a client

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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...

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marcel vossen

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