Photoshop 2019 flattening entire PSD files into a single layer - maintains large file size?

New Here ,
Feb 27, 2019 Feb 27, 2019

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Photoshop 2019 has been the worst experience i've ever had using this program. Every single project, and i repeat, every single project i have worked on in the 2019 version of photoshop has had this issue and it's getting on my nerves.

The program is corrupting the files, and flattening the PSD file into a singular black layer. All of the layers and the actual image is GONE, all while maintaining large file sizes. Example:

https://i.imgur.com/UsPaWCe.png  <--- still 300mb  file even tho it is 1 layer, reminder the program flattened it into a black image, NOT me.

this happens to every file i work on, this was a bug that occurred on previous versions as well, but on 2019 version it's just way too frequent along with the crashes and other bugs i'm experiencing. it just sucks paying for this garbage experience, what do i do?

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Feb 05, 2021 Feb 05, 2021

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I've had this problem with the 2020 version. Mine though,shows a jambled 'static' of colors in the background layer.the background layer is the only one when I opened the file. Currently updating the software to check whether it's a bug. Imagine losing about a week's work? Save constantly my friends! And for good measure, Save As a copy in the end. 

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Feb 05, 2021 Feb 05, 2021

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That sounds like a corrupted file, which is always caused by failing hardware. Usually it's a disk about to fail or bad RAM, but an often overlooked cause can be flaky cables or loose connectors, especially if you use external drives. A sudden bump can break connection for a microsecond, which is enough.

 

While you investigate to narrow down the cause, backup everything you need ASAP.

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Apr 21, 2021 Apr 21, 2021

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I, too, am frustrated by the PS feature that takes my layered files and flattens them. I need to make changes to PSD files and can't find a way. How can I disable this annoying feature and, more importantly, how can I get my Layers back?

 

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May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021

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Ive seen this problem mulitple times over the past 15 years including today in 2021 using PS ver 22.2.  It sucks - your layers / hard work all mysteriously getting flatten into 1 layer forcing you to start over from square one. 

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Nov 21, 2021 Nov 21, 2021

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I just updated to 23.0.1 release and every one of my files is doing the same thing.  Huge file size, flattened to a background image.

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