I have a problem with the level adjustment layer in PSE 7.0. I made this picture which shows exactly the way I want in PSD format, but when I save it to JPG all the adjustment layers are lost. I have tried to achieve the same result using simple Enhance >>Adjustments >> Levels, but I can't get the same result with the same settings as with the Adjustment Layer.
How can I solve this?
I saw in some tutorial that it might help to add a new layer above the adjustment layer and then Merge Visible, but that doesn't work either.
I hope someone can help me so I can finish the picture.
It should contain all of your levels edits if saving a jpeg from PSD.
Try opening the PSD and choosing Layer >> Flatten Image and then use File >> Save As and choose jpeg format.
Close the PSD afterwards but don't re-save it - in order to preserve your layers for future editing, if required.
when I save it to JPG all the adjustment layers are lost.
Is your question why you lost the layers (not the effect of the layers)?
When you save as a jpg it flattens the image but the net effect of your adjustment layers should be there. If you want to preserve the layers themselves first save it as a PSD file.
No, that's not what I meant. The picture changes back to normal. As if I never applied a Level Adjustment layer at all. I know that the layers are gone when out of PSD format, but the effects are supposed to remain in the JPG. Except that they don't. The PSD looks different from the JPG of the same file, which should not be.
I can reproduce the problem easily. I was following this tutorial (the writer of the tutorial knows the problem and describes it at the bottom):
I created the starry sky and with the levels layer I filtered the noise the way I wanted. When I try to save it as JPG, flatten the image or alt+merge visible on a new layer, the noise goes back to full as if the levels were never edited. I will provide a screenshot of my layers in a few moments (photoshop is on a different pc).
The visibility is not turned off.
It would be helpful to see a screencap of your layers pallet. Are both of your adjustment layers (hue/saturation and levels) clipped to the layers below. If not hold down your alt key and hover on the dividing line between the layers until you see two small circles and then click. If the layers are properly clipped the thumbnails in the layers pallet should move slightly to the right.
Here is the screenshot of the layers pallet as I want it to look like.
And here is what happens after flattening the image:
As you can see the Hue/Saturation layer IS visible in the final result. So it seems truly a Levels problem to me.
It looks like the problem is your image size is rather large in comparision to your available screen size and your doing your adjustments at roughly 18% view.
Photoshop elements uses interpolation to show the images on screen, so you really don't see the true results unless you view an image at 100% view (actual pixels)
If you try doing the steps from the beginning with your image at 100% view, does that make a difference?
(Double click on the Zoom Tool in the toolbox for 100% view (actual pixels))