Photoshop: How can I open CS5 file in CS2?

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how can i fix a compatibility issue between photoshop versions? trying to open a cs5 file in cs2. upon openning displays a list of issues:

Now I have this "this file uses an unsupported blending mode. Substitute normal mode ?".

And then it's
"unknown data has been encountered reading layer "bottom" and will be discared. Continue?" (everytime i click on "ok")
"unknown data has been encountered reading layer "top" and will be discared. Continue?"
"unknown data has been encountered reading layer "ribbon" and will be discared. Continue?"
"unknown data has been encountered reading layer "title banner" and will be discared. Continue?"
"unknown data has been encountered reading layer "top ribbon" and will be discared. Continue?"

any thoughts?
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You are using Blend Modes and features like Smart Objects that were introduced after CS2 was released.

You have a few options when you encounter this in CS2:

If you want to preserve appearance, choose [Flatten] - but you will lose the ability to edit the layers

If you want to preserve some level of layer edit ability, choose [Keep Layers] - but the appearance will likely change.

Otherwise, open the file in CS5 and rasterize any Smart Object layers and make sure that the blend modes you use are available in CS2.

In either case, you'll probably want to do a "Save As..." to save a separate file with a different name specifically for CS2 compatibility, and preserve the original file with all the richness of the document created in CS5 using the newer features.