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When you use "save as" PSD you need to ensure that the "Layers" option is checked - it is normally by default.
If you gave it a new filename you may still have the old saved version on your drive. If you gave it the same filename and have overwritten the old then you have lost the layers.
Did you save it to the Creative Cloud Files folder ? If you did, you may be in luck as the old versions may still be available on the cloud copy of the folder. Old versions are still available for 10 days provided you have the storage room.
I know it is a bit late now - but for the future the best practice is incremental PSD saves on important files e.g filename A.psd ; filenameB.psd etc
I've heard of this before. I think it qualifies as a bug, or at least undesired behavior.
then I re-saved my photoshop file that I had open as a .PSD file since I noticed it had changed the file name to that of the .PDF
That's the key. When you save the file subsequently you actually save the flattened PDF version, not the layered PSD you thought you still had open.
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Just followed the steps in first post.
If you uncheck the "Preserve Editing capabilities" it saves a flattened PDF but also it unchecks the "Layers" box in the Save As dialogue.
So, although the layers are still intact in your open document, if you then go on to Save As and change the document type to a PSD you have to re-tick the Layers box again - otherwise you are saving the PSD as a flattened file.
OK, so that's what happens.
Either way, a trap easily fallen into. This behavior should be changed.
If a document has layers and the saving format supports them (TIFF, PSD PSB) the Layers box should always be checked on opening "Save As"
I'll raise a request
Photoshop does print PSDs unless you are transferring to another program that does not read PSDs.
As a safeguard, use the Image > Duplicate command and run your save as PDF on the duplicate. You keep the Master psd file from harm.
And of course I cannot emphasize keeping backup copies of your masters for such disasters.
I actually did checkmarked that when I re-saved it...so that's why I am so confused by it.
the file still had layers, the layers tab was checked, it had everything.
I looked at the time it was last saved and it doesn't even match up the last time I saved it, since the last time I saved it was around 4 PM - 4,30 PM, but the file says the last time it was edited/saved was around 3 PM (which is the time I saved the .PDF)
I actually dont know if it's in my CC files folder...but I think I didn't...
Yeah I think I should keep that in mind when I do that the next time...
It's weird cause I have done this a few times like this.
Save the PSD
Save as a PDF to print, uncheck the photoshop abilities in the PDF Box that pops up after your save it as a PDF
Resave it as a PSD cause the file had become a PDF, check if the layers box is checked (which it is.)
But then all the layers were still in tact..... so it baffles me why they aren't right now..
I can't recall the details, but this precise situation has been up before. I think there may be a bug in here somewhere, if Dave's suggestion of rechecking Layers isn't enough.
Well that's a bummer if it's a bug... cause I did it this way before and it saved it nicely with all the layers intact, and I did the exact same steps yesterday for that one file and lost everything.. so if it's a bug, it's a pretty ****** one..
I couldn't reproduce as a bug - but that "feature" where the Layers checkbox becomes unchecked is just stupid. I have raised this.
I could be wrong but I just don't understand why the save as a pdf action overwrites your psd file. That just seems a poor design feature.
I think people are almost never trying to convert files to a pdf. in a way that it changes the psd file completely to something uneducable as far as layers etc.
I think people want to save a copy so other people can see what is being designed and approve etc.
To me its like doing something in a Word doc and then saving as a pdf to share to others and the pdf overwrites the word doc!? I mean really, how many people actually want to overwrite their psd to a pdf? I can delete the psd later if I want, but why make us risk overwriting our work in that has been done in the psd?
Saving as PDF does not overwrite the PSD.
What does happen though is this: If you uncheck preserve editing capabilities when you save the PDF and then go back and try to save the same document as PSD, the layers checkbox which normally defaults to checked for PSD becomes unchecked. If you spot it and check it - no problem, if you save as a different name - less of a problem in that your original is still there. If you do not spot it and don't change the name your newly saved PSD will overwrite your old PSD but without saving the layers.
Image > Duplicate can make a copy of your PSD with all layers and up to date edits in Photoshop and you save it as a PDF and junk the duplicate PSD when done.
It's a command I use a lot when I do not want to put my master PSD at risk.