Does anyone know if there's a way to remove artboards in photoshop and just work with a file the good ol' fashioned way?
I've found the answer! hurrah.
cmd+click on the artboard in the "layers" panel and select "ungroup artboards".
It's a pain in the butt, because it completely resizes your canvas so you need to reset that. But it does remove the artboard from your file without the need to create a new one.
If anyone has a better way of doing this I'd still be grateful to hear!
This answer is an addition to @petits answer.
Before ungrouping the artboards, create a new empty layer and fill it with a color using the paint bucket tool. Ungroup the artboards as described in petits answer.
After ungrouping the artboards, ctrl+click the new layer you created to select it. The selection outline should be the same dimensions as the original artboard. Next press c to select the crop tool which should create a crop box with the dimensions of the selected area. Press enter and the canvas will be cropped to the selected dimentions. This way you won't have to resize the canvas.
If you're like me and use the "Legacy New Document Interface", which doesn't offer the option to turn off Artboards (but adds them to web-based documents anyway):
- File > New.
- For Document Type, select "U.S. Paper".
- Change the unit to Pixels and enter whatever size document you want.
- Click OK.
Artboards aren't created for print-based documents, so your new document will not include one. I also recommend saving this as a preset.
To me, it was easier creating a new document with "Artboards" unchecked, then you select all layers under the artboard you wanna export and right click to duplicate to the new document you just created. I found this question after searching google, because I was working with artboards on Photoshop and there are some bugs, e.g., when you duplicate one or more layers (or smart objects) to another artboard, Photoshop is putting some of them outside the artboard, causing an issue when you trying to select those layers.
Adobe did a great job with XD, where artboards are nice and easy to work with, but on Photoshop, artboards suck.