Photoshop CC: Merged adjustments don't appear like I expect

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Merge visible has stopped working correctly. If I have a posterized layer on top of my background that is heavily posterized, merge visible, merge down and flatten are removing the treatment as I see it. Further, in Bridge, the posterizing effect is improperly/weakly rendered.
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David Ferris

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Chris Cox

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Which application are you using?
Which version?

Which Merge?
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Photoshop CC 14.2 x64 on Mac OS 10.9.1
Bridge 6.0.1.6

Thanks for your interest Chris. I tried Merge Visible, Merge Down and flatten. I tried to save as tiff and as jpg and none resemble what I see. The only think I can think of now is that my images are large so that when I do first round posterizing I'm at 12.5% and that maybe this is a disconnect with the image viewed at that size. The weird thing is that one of the images worked just fine and appears correctly in the Bridge thumbnail.
I'm happy to provide you with screen shots, but there's some tasteful nudity so I don't think it's appropriate to add to the thread.

Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Kind regards,
David Ferris
figurestudies.com
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Yeah, zoom in to 100% to see the effect of your adjustments, and let me know if the result looks more reasonable that way.

The downsampled preview is much faster than trying to render everything at full resolution, but my not be accurate for very noisy images, or images that are halftone-like (black and white values, which get downsampled to gray).
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Is there some way I can send you screen grabs? I'm not understanding why this would work with one image and not the 4 others in the series. My images are 22megapixel color from raw. Files have only two layers, background and posterized which I'm a fan of with a layer mask to selectively apply it.
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It depends on the image content - again, noisy or halftone like images will show the most issues, unless you zoom in to 100%. You could email me images if you think I should take a closer look -- ccox (at) adobe (dot) com.