I was working with 100 layers or so and i converted it to a smart object to work with easier. However some of the layers and layer modes don't interact properly with the background that is separate from the smart object. There doesn't seem to be an option to release layers within the smart object. I attempted to solve the problem by dragging the layers from the smart object editable file but it didn't line up within the original file...extremely frustrating. Any solutions? PS6 BETA Lion OSX
Well, what you could do, is double-click on the Smart Object to open the containing document, select all the layers within that Smart Object (click on the top layer, Shift+click on the bottom layer), then drag the layers to the original document. Once they are there, you can hide/delete the Smart Object you don't want.
Was the Smart Object created inside of this file (i.e. selected some layers and converted to smart object), or did you save a previous PSD and Place it in this document as a Smart Object? The Smart Object document and the partent PSD file having different document dimensions is the only reason I can imagine things not lining up.
It was created inside the file. They were differnt dimensions though because the layers selected to become a smart object had different bounds beyond the canvas.
The issue was that once I dragged layers from the editable file that was the smart object I would attempt to realign them BUT I have so many adjustments with masks that we'ren't linked so they wouldn't move with my realignment move(even a control+t)...I ended up going back in and relinking them all(which took really long) in order to realign things.
But really it would be so much easier if i could have just clicked re-add layers to file or something.
No problem Howard, thanks anyway.
What about if you go into the smart object .psb and select the layers (highlight them all), then right click them in the layers panel and choose Duplicate.
In the Destination dropdown menu, select your image's name you're trying to bring the layers back into..
See if that gets you back up and running!
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