Saving to different formats bug

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So this is a little complicated, but there's a bug when you save a PSD as a PDF, and then into a different file format.  
If I'm working in a PSD document, and "save as" a PDF (without photoshop capabilities), it prevents my document from being correctly saved to a another file format. When trying to save the PDF into anothe file format, like PSD again, the files will save, but not convert the current document to that file type like it should. Also, the saved PSDs end up flattened too, which is my main issue with this bug. 
This results in a problem where if you save a PSD to a PDF, there's no way to save the current open document into a layered PSD again because it will flatten your saved file, and not convert your document back to a PSD document.   
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Warren Heaton

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Most formats do not support layers.  So, yes, in most cases you will flatten or merge the document by saving to another file format.

Obviously PSD and PSB support layers, but TIFF and Photoshop PDF should also allow them.  Dicom does as well, but I've never used it.  

As for other common formats like BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and Targa: No layers.
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Yes, exactly, so it seems to be a bug with checking "without Photoshop capabilities" when saving as a PDF. 
Clicking to "Save as" a JPEG doesn't convert the open document to a JPEG if the document has layers, it just saves a copy. The name in the window continues to be 'name.psd'.
I saved as a PDF without Photoshop capabilities because the file in question was very large, and I wanted the layers to be flattened in the PDF I saved. This resulted in the open document being converted to a PDF ('name.pdf' in the titlebar), and I couldn't save it back into a PSD, as it would save it as a copy(keeping 'name.pdf' in the titlebar instead of converting it to 'name.psd') and in that PSD copy all the layers would be flattened. In the open document all the layers were still intact, so saving as a PSD should have worked fine. 
Also, upon exiting the file it says "The document has not been saved completely because the current file format does not support all the feature of your document. Would you like to save the document in a format that supports all it's features?" Clicking 'yes' to this lets me save it as a PSD that does have all the layers intact. This makes it extra odd to me that saving from "save as" to a PSD flattens it. 
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Sounds like you just need to save the file as a layered PSD to begin with and then you're good to save off whatever copies you'd like.