I lost my original PSD, but am looking for the temp smart objects I created in my project.

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Feb 07, 2022 Feb 07, 2022

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I was staying up late last night working for an Ad for a client, I started the project by importing a PNG, converting it to a Smart Object and working from inside the Smart Object saving frequently. When I closed the project I realised I didn't create a PSD. Whoops.

I know Photoshop stores Smart Objects in the Temp directory, but I don't know where/how to access the PSB I was working on. Even if my file is now deleted, I'm banking that Windows may have created automatically created a back-up in one of my hard drives.

I'm working in CS6 and would REALLY appreciate any help y'all can send my way!

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 07, 2022 Feb 07, 2022
Sorry, but if you close without saving, everything's gone. Smart objects are embedded in the master file. It only lives in a temporary directory while editing. Even if it was left behind and not automatically deleted as it should, it wouldn't be in a form that could be directly opened. Autorecovery is crash recovery, not mistake recovery. The folder is automatically flushed in a normal exit.

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Feb 07, 2022 Feb 07, 2022

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Update: I just checked my back-up drive and discovered my AppData wasn't included in my settings. Lol.

So yeah, The CS6 AutoRecover folder may be out of the picture.

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Feb 07, 2022 Feb 07, 2022

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Sorry, but if you close without saving, everything's gone.

 

Smart objects are embedded in the master file. It only lives in a temporary directory while editing. Even if it was left behind and not automatically deleted as it should, it wouldn't be in a form that could be directly opened.

 

Autorecovery is crash recovery, not mistake recovery. The folder is automatically flushed in a normal exit.

 

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Feb 08, 2022 Feb 08, 2022

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Nuts, yeah figured there might've been some sorta workaround like using a data-recovery software (Recuva) to scrub for the deleted autosave; which I tried using, but I couldn't find anything.

Probably a lost cause, I'll just start again in the meantime. Thanks for your help though.

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You can't perform operations that alter pixel data—such as painting, dodging, burning, or cloning—directly to a Smart Object layer, unless it is first converted into a regular layer, which will be rasterized

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