PHOTOSHOP: Loosing adjustment effects when flattening

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Im using PS CC I have an image that has 20 layers and I have merged all into one new layer and once the layers are merged the saturation of all of the warm colors is significantly reduced. When I try to add saturation into the image or adjust the curves once the image is flattened the preview shows the adjustment but once ok is pressed the image does not look like the preview window. This is the first time something like this has happened to me in the 16+ years of using photoshop. Any way around this or any idea of how to fix this issue. The image has 10 to 15 hours or work into it and I really don't want to start over.
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Lara Grossman

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Chris Cox

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You can't lose the effects.
But you should zoom in to 100% to judge the effect of your adjustments, especially on noisy or high contrast images.
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Lara Grossman

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I didn't think so either but it is happening. I have used adjustment layers to saturate and curves to adjust color a bit. When merged or flattened the adj. layers disappear. I have also made a curve adj and a saturation adj directly on the flattened image the adjustments show in the preview window but as soon as OK is executed the change disappears and is never seen again.

I have tried remaking the image from scratch and still get the same result. I've saved as a .psb file because of its size still happens. I'm pulling my hair out trying to get this ready to print tomorrow morning!

Any ideas whatsoever about what may be causing this and how to work around this issue.

Lara
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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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As Mr.Cox already indicated there are circumstances where only View > 100% yields the correct preview.
Do you view the image you adjust at View > 100% (cmd-1) when flattening and is there a difference before and after flattening?
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christoph pfaffenbichler, Champion

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Could you please post screenshots (taken at View > 100% naturally)?
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I've had this happen to me on occasion. I remember once I applied some fx layer styles. I was working in 16 bit. Every time I shift-control-alt E, flattened, or exported, the effect was lost. I changed the bit/channel mode to 8 and this helped 100%. Good luck!