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I did about an hour's work on a Smart Object (an image I had placed in a file). I saved the smart image and closed it, but the changes did not appear on the original. I opened the Smart Object again, and it opened without any of the changes I had just made.

Some further research seems to suggest that this is because the original file was a .jpg, so when I saved my modified the file and saved it as a psd all my changes were lost, since Photoshop only checks the original .jpg for changes.

Is there a way of recovering my work? What is the location of the Temporary Items directory?

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What's your Photoshop Version?

Anyway, the regular temporary files are in:C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Temp

But since Version CS6 there is the Auto-Recovery function, which automatically saves your files in case of a crash, it is worth a shot to check those, they are located here - if they are still there. C:\Users\YourUsername\Appdata\Roaming\Adobe\AdobePhotoshop CS6\Autorecover

If you don't manage to locate any files in there, your work is sadly gone.

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Do you know what the mac equivalents of these paths are? –  fredley Nov 26 '13 at 16:28
    
/Users/admin/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/AutoRecover –  IrealiTY Dec 4 '13 at 20:29

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