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Adjustment layers do not apply after merging layers. Why?


Question

After merging my layers, it seems that the adjustment layers do not apply. The same happens when I export on jpeg also. Is there a reason?

To make you understand the whole process: I scanned some documents and came up with pdf files that contained the scanned information. I exported them to jpeg and later imported them in Photoshop to edit them. I selected all the white parts, using Color Range, then selected inverse and Cmd+J the selection (which was everything but the white pixels). I put a white background layer on the back and the drawing looks exactly like the original, only difference was that I now had one layer with the pencil and one layer with the background, which will suit my later use better. I applied adjustment layers and now they do not apply after exporting, merging or flattening.

Anyone has an answer for this?

Thank you for your time.

Here are some screenshots to see my .psd file also

the three stages that the problem exists

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12/22/2015 2:05:00 PM

It's most likely because the adjustment layers are accounting for "white" background layer in their calculations. If you want to make sure "what you see is what you get" be sure to clip those adjustment layers (OPT click between layers / ALT for windows)so they only affect the layer with the drawing and nothing else. Hope this helps.

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12/22/2015 8:54:00 PM