Photoshop - missing layers while saving as pdf?


I have problems saving my photoshop file as a pdf or eps vector graphic. It wont include some of the layers and I cant see why. See screenshot below:

screenshot: psd (left), pdf (right)
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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 pdf works as desired.

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 pdf-readers (adobe reader, document viewer, texworks viewer), this shouldn't be the problem. in addition, opening the pdf in illustrator gives the same result.

update2: rasterizing the layers is a workaround, but I need vectorized output, that's why I save it to pdf/eps...

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.

4/13/2017 12:46:00 PM

Accepted Answer

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.

Voilà, all your layers are in tact and you have a good PDF file.

3/4/2019 9:08:00 PM

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).

Click to download fixed files

How to repair a .pdf with a missing layer:

  1. Open the .psd source file
  2. Select in the Layers Panel the shape layer that is not showing
  3. Select in the Tools Panel the Path Selection Tool
  4. Click inside the shape to select
  5. Press delete to eliminate extra paths that are sitting on top of your shape on the same layer as your shape
  6. Save as .pdf to see the result