PSD loses layers

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I've been working on developing my resume in Photoshop for the past couple days and finally finished it.  It was a very populated document with a lot of layers, organized with folders and looking pretty!

Once complete, I saved the .PSD.  Afterwards, I decided to Save As a Photoshop PDF, set for Smallest File Size.  Now I got my finished PDF!

But wait, I realized I needed to make a couple edits post .PDF, so I go back to Photoshop, layers are still all there :)  So I make my edits and Save As a .PSD.  I decided to close Photoshop before exporting another .PDF because I had other activities in line.

Upon my return of opening the original PSD... all my layers are gone now.

I have recreated this weird loss of layers twice more to verify my order of operations.  This is totally lame!
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Joseph Berkey

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  • so upset

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Alex Furer

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Wow... That sucks. Can you write down a step by step of what you did so I can try to reproduce it? Also, are you on Mac or Windows? Which version of PS? It is very hard to imagine that there ain't some sort of 2 feet bug involved :)
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Truth! If you save as a pdf and back to photoshop, it flattens the final psd on disk, but shows layers in app until you close and reopen the psd. Very frustrating if you don't have backups!
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I cannot reproduce this.

- Document with layers open in Photoshop
- Choose File -> Save As... and choose PDF as file type
  - Photoshop pop's following warning dialog
  
- I click "OK" and save the PDF (I tried this with and without "Preserve Photoshop editing capabilities" on and off.
- I go back to Photoshop and edit the composition.
- I hit "Save" (Ctrl-s) to save the updated PDF.
- Now I choose "Save As..." and save the document as PSD

- Now here's the reason for the above warning! I check if "Layers" is ticked on when using "Save As...", and it is on IF you saved the PDF with "Preserve Photoshop editing capabilities" on. If you switched that off, in the "Save As..." Dialog "Layers" will be OFF!! Simply switch it back on and the layers will be preserved.

My muscle memory works as followed though... If I save my image as anything else than Photoshop, I close the image that remains in Photoshop from exporting, in this case the PDF, and reopen the original PSD. Before I do my edits I save it as iteration, e.g. "FileName_01", "FileName_02" etc., and then edit the document and export again. In this case I can always go back to the document without the latest edits! Disc space is cheaper than my hourly rate...

Is this the same workflow you are using when you see the original PSD being flattened on disc?

I have a hard time to believe that Photoshop would alter an image on disc without user confirmation. Maybe you should reset the warning dialog setting. You might have clicked "do not show again" on a warning dialog at some point, or someone else using the same account on your computer has.
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If it were just a dialog issue, I'd be less annoyed, but so long as you keep that file open, the layer panel keeps the layers there, even though the saved version is flattened. That was my experience, at least. Haven't checked since 2015.1
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I tested with PS: 2017.1.1 20170425.r.252 2017/04/25:23:00:00 CL 1113967  x64

I also closed and re-opened the document.

This might be fixed. Dunno. Can't reproduce it without further instructions.

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