Photoshop - missing layers while saving as pdf?
I have problems saving my photoshop file as a
eps vector graphic. It wont include some of the layers and I cant see why. See screenshot below:
screenshot: psd (left), pdf (right)
I tried out photoshop cs5 and cs6, both wont work on the file. example: psd and pdf file (zip)
Can anyone tell me whats wrong with my
psd file? I have other similar graphics where the export to
thanks for any hints.
update1: blending mode is
normal, there are no differences between the layers which are displayed and the layers which are hidden.
i tried multiple
update2: rasterizing the layers is a workaround, but I need vectorized output, that's why I save it to
update3: as i'm in hurry and i need this for my bachelorthesis i used the "dirty" workaround mentioned by Martie and rasterized the layers. the result is OK for my needs.
still, it would like to find out how this happened to avoid such hassle in future.
My solution to this issue:
Once I'm ready to export as a PDF, I select all layers and right click on them > click "Merge Layers".
Everything will be condensed into one layer, now export the PDF (The PDF should be perfect since there aren't multiple layers, smart objects, paths etc.)
After PDF export is finished just press "Ctrl+Z" (or Cmd+Z) to undo the "Merge Layers" action.
VoilÃ , all your layers are in tact and you have a good PDF file.
The reason that behaviour takes place is that you have constructed your layer shapes in the wrong way or you copied and pasted from another program like Illustrator and something went wrong with the shapes in that process.
I opened your file and discovered you have paths on your shape layers that are useless, they just sit on top of your shapes (on the same shape layer). I have deleted some of those paths to demonstrate my theory and here you go: problem fixed. You will see that some layers still have problems but some are appearing now (because I fixed those).
How to repair a .pdf with a missing layer:
- Open the .psd source file
- Select in the Layers Panel the shape layer that is not showing
- Select in the Tools Panel the Path Selection Tool
- Click inside the shape to select
- Press delete to eliminate extra paths that are sitting on top of your shape on the same layer as your shape
- Save as .pdf to see the result