4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 11, 2013 11:02 AM by Chris Cox

    CS6 not creating layered PDF's


      Why can I not create a pdf file from CS6 that preserves my layers, which are also known as OCG's, Optional Content Groups?  In "save as pdf", I have layers checked and I am indicating I want to preserve Photoshop functionality, which causes the PDF/X box to go to "None".  What am I doing wrong?  I know there is a script for saving each layer as a pdf automatically from which I could build the layered Acrobat file I want, but it I'd like a one-step process.  There is every indication that this should happen, but it does not.

        • 1. Re: CS6 not creating layered PDF's
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          Well, you could be using blending modes and other features that require flattening to retain appearance. Impossible to know without seeing your artwork and layer stack.



          • 2. Re: CS6 not creating layered PDF's
            c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

            I think the »Layers« you can check in the Save As dialog are not Acrobat Layers, but simply the Photoshop Layers and this affects the file only if »Preserve Photoshop Editing Capailities« is checked in the PDF dialog.

            • 3. Re: CS6 not creating layered PDF's
              Pelican Level 1

              Answering both you and Mylenium,


              I don't think there is blending going on.  I have saved it layer by layer as individual pdfs and it's worked fine when I bring them in as layers in Acrobat Pro X or Bluebeam.


              Pfaffenbichler, you may be right.  Basically what you are telling me is that Photoshop can't save Acrobat layers into a multi-layered pdf, but simply in a format that allows the pdf file to be reopen with layers in Photoshop.  That seems strange that Adobe would not be able have Photoshop save into the newer, layered, versions of the pdf format it created and have the layers show up. 

              • 4. Re: CS6 not creating layered PDF's
                Level 7

                Unfortunately, the Acrobat team chose a transparency and blending model that is incompatible with Photoshop's layer blending model (over our strong objections) -- so we can't save PDF layers and preserve appearance.