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WHERE ARE THE LAYERS???!!

Community Beginner ,
May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

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I recently had some work made by a graphic artist. The work was emailed to me through gmail and when I open the files in Photoshop the layers are gone. My photoshop is the latest version and I've uninstalled and reinstalled it. How can I retrieve or get the individual layers of the artwork to pop up? Could this be because the artwork was created on a MacBook and I have a HP? 

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LEGEND ,
May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

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Photoshop files may be way too big to email reliably. Or at all. Use a safer method to share files. 

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Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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What safer methods would you suggest.

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Community Expert ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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What safer methods would you suggest.

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They put the PSD in Dropbox or Creative Cloud and post a link for you to download.

 

Jane

 

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Community Expert ,
May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

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@EastEastTip24000613nfch - What file format were the files? JPEG, PSD etc.

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Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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Community Expert ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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PNG

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PNG does not support layers.

 

Jane

 

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LEGEND ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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This, then, is easily explained. At least in one way. A PNG is always perfectly flat, that is to say it can never have any layers. If layers it is that you want, having the designer's PSD sent to you is the way. This is going to be a much larger file; you probably should NOT rely on email to get it. 

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Community Expert ,
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Hi @EastEastTip24000613nfch ,

 

It will be helpful if you can show us screenshots of the file and know what file type it is. It could also have been flattened before being sent back t you which would have removed all the layers.

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Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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IMG_2237.jpeg

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Community Expert ,
May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

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@EastEastTip24000613nfch 

 

Ask the artist to post a link to the layered psd in Creative Cloud, Dropbox, or another file sharing service. You haven't answered any of our questions yet, but you probably want to start by querying the artist.

 

Jane

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Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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That's for the suggestion. The artist can't figure out why I cannot see the layers either.

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Community Expert ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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Then the artist must also understand the advice others have given in this thread, which is that export file formats such as PNG, JPEG, GIF etc. cannot and never have been able to preserve Photoshop layers.

 

The file formats that can preserve Photoshop layers are Photoshop format (.PSD), Photoshop Large Document format (.PSB), Photoshop Cloud Document format (.PSDC), and TIFF (.TIFF or .TIF). If a Photoshop layered file is exported to a different format than those, it will be flattened to a single layer. Not because of Photoshop, but because other formats simply have no way to store layers created by any application.

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Community Expert ,
May 11, 2023 May 11, 2023

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Are you sure that they GA intended you to have a layered PSD file?   Was that agreed up front?  I never gave clients editable files because a) it drove a nail into future work from that client if they could do it themselves, and 2) If they do edit the work and make a pigs ear of of it and it, has your name on it, people might assume that you are responsible for shite work.

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Community Beginner ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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This is not the case but thanks. 

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Community Expert ,
May 14, 2023 May 14, 2023

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I came here to say the same thing. I know that some designers don't like to give up their layered files. As to why one can't figure out why you can't see layers on a .png file, well!

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