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Why does photoshop open up w/ the last photo in it, if I didn't save my project?

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Mar 31, 2023 Mar 31, 2023

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Just messing around with the new Photoshop, I had been using  Photoshop CS4 version 11.0 before today!  Anyway, I didn't save my project on purpose, then shut down Photoshop. When I relaunched the app, it opened up with the photo I was messing around w/, the one I didn't save.  The layer is locked, Photoshop won't let me delete it.  How do I get rid of it, and how do I prevent this from happening again? 

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Mar 31, 2023 Mar 31, 2023

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@LosFelizGirl 

 

This is just a guess, but it sounds like you have a PSDC file on the Creative Cloud.

 

@LosFelizGirl 

 

In Photoshop menu > Preferences > File Handling > choose "On your computer" to save PSDs on your computer." The default is to save to the Creative Cloud, and these are PSDCs, which are automatically saved.

janee_0-1680306339684.png

 

Learn about Cloud documents here:

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/how-to/use-cloud-documents.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/manage-cloud-documents-photoshop.html

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/cloud-documents-faq.html

 

Most of us prefer saving on our computers and choose "On My Computer".

 

"The layer is locked, Photoshop won't let me delete it."

  • If you have only one layer, you can't delete it. Create a new layer, then you can delete the existing layer.
  • To unlock a Background layer, click the Lock icon once

 

 

Does this answer your question or is it something else?

 

Jane

 

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Mar 31, 2023 Mar 31, 2023

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Oh yeah, the cloud. Will check when I get home! Can I delete this document from the Creative Cloud?

 

I did that trick where you create another layer to delete the locked one before I posted my question. I've used this move many times before. The locked layer became unlocked, and I was able to delete it, but I am now unable to delete the new layer. It doesn't have a lock

icon on it, photoshop just won't let me delete it. 


thanks for you help! 

 

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Hi @LosFelizGirl 

Yes, you can delete the file. Photoshop creates a folder called "Creative Cloud Files" and you'll see it there, or try https://assets.adobe.com/cloud-documents and click the three dots under the image.

 

You have to have one layer, so if it's the only layer it cannot be deleted. You can Cmd+A (Select menu > All) and press the Delete key to delete the contents of the one layer.

 

Let me know if you need more help,

Jane

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