Photoshop: Converting document to Artboard format no longer destroys existing layouts

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Currently, if I create a document as a single canvas then decide to convert it to an artboards document, doing so deletes the existing canvas and thus wrecks the layout I created there. Even if I choose "convert layers to artboards," it will shift or otherwise rearrange the layers I created, sometimes removing some of them from the artboard entirely, causing me to waste time putting everything back into place again.

A better solution would be one modeled after Illustrator's, where if you choose to create a document with a single artboard/canvas, then later decide to add additional ones, the original one you created just becomes "Artboard 1" with all of the artwork and canvas bounds exactly where you left them. That would make the artboards feature much more painless to use.
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Intersting... how is it laid out? Is it that it changes the canvas size around the new artboard or the artboard isn't the same size as the original canvas?

A workaround in the meantime could be to draw a rectangular shape layer behind your layout that is the size of your original canvas before converting to an artboard. That should force it to those dimensions if there are no other factors at play...

There's also a semi-secret menu for artboards' settings per-document in the tools properties menu at the top of the app window that only appears when you have the artboard tool selected. The (Gear) icon has some extra artboard settings like "Auto-size" and "Shrink-wrap on Save" which can help with canvas size issues while you are working.
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Here's a walkthrough of how to recreate the problem, based on my usual workflow:

Problem: creating a new artboard replaces the existing canvas, breaking the current layout
  1. Create a new document. Let's say 500x500 px as a random example.
  2. Place an image onto the canvas that is larger than the canvas bounds
  3. Via Layer > New > Artboard, create a new artboard. Size doesn't matter here; the default suggestion is fine.
  4. Instead of creating a new artboard adjacent to the current one(expected behavior) Photoshop hasĀ replaced the existing artboard with an artboard the size of the one in the last step. Any elements that were on the previous artboard are now out of place and the layout must be re-created.
The "new" tool being a "convert" tool is both misleading and frankly kind of useless when going from a single-canvas workflow to an artboard based one. As I said in my original post, Illustrator's implementation of this is perfect: all canvases are artboards by default, and adding a new one doesn't affect the existing one in any way. It would be great if that functionality could be brought to Photoshop.
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