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Actions: Export as PNG no longer recorded

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Mar 06, 2023 Mar 06, 2023

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As title describes!

With the newer version of Adobe Photoshop, Save As no longer gives you the option to save your project as a .png file, though the action will be recorded.

None of the Export options will be saved in Actions, and otherwise there are no options to save projects as .png when doing a batch with actions.

 

What am I doing wrong?

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Community Expert , Mar 06, 2023 Mar 06, 2023

Hi!

I can certainly save as .png on my end

Imaginerie_0-1678112067722.png

 

but maybe there is something in your file that prevents you from saving?

 

also check that you have the "enable legacy save as" ticked in your preferences

Imaginerie_1-1678112173327.png

in the file handling section.

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Mar 06, 2023 Mar 06, 2023

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Hi!

I can certainly save as .png on my end

Imaginerie_0-1678112067722.png

 

but maybe there is something in your file that prevents you from saving?

 

also check that you have the "enable legacy save as" ticked in your preferences

Imaginerie_1-1678112173327.png

in the file handling section.

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Mar 06, 2023 Mar 06, 2023

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If not save as, then save as a copy...

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Explorer ,
Dec 01, 2023 Dec 01, 2023

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I was running into the same issue and found "enable legacy save as" as the fix. But the "Save as PNG" option created a file 3x the file size compared to the "Quick Eport as PNG" option (3 MB vs 1 MB). I would guess there are settings you can adjust but wanted to point that out. 

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Dec 01, 2023 Dec 01, 2023

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@Satty. 

 

Yes, there are certainly PNG quality options in Save As/Save As a Copy:

 

2023-12-02_11-03-20.png

 

However, Export As and Export > Save for Web (Legacy) both strip metadata, so the increased file size in Save As could also be due to extra metadata. For example, some folk have had major issues with photoshop:DocumentAncestors metadata bloating files.

 

 

 

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Dec 01, 2023 Dec 01, 2023

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Thanks Stephen, I did play with those and selected "Smallest file size" which still produced the 3x difference. Super appreciate the breakdown on the metadata!

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Dec 01, 2023 Dec 01, 2023

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@Satty. 

 

Can you provide a sample PNG so that I can see what metadata is in the file?

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Explorer ,
Dec 05, 2023 Dec 05, 2023

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Sorry for the late reply @Stephen_A_Marsh, I am unable to provide the file as it is unreleased client work. The png was produce from Adobe Dn, background removed in PS, then the various save/export attempts.

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Dec 05, 2023 Dec 05, 2023

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Sorry a PSD was produced from Dn then saved/exported as PNG from PS

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Dec 05, 2023 Dec 05, 2023

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@Satty. 

 

I understand...

Select all layers in the layers panel. 

Use Layer > Duplicate Layers and select the option to create a new file. This will strip almost all metadata. Don't use Image > Duplicate as this will include metadata.

 

Save As a Copy to PNG using the smallest file size option.

 

Is the file size still X3 larger than the export version?

 

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Dec 05, 2023 Dec 05, 2023

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@Stephen_A_Marsh, performed and yes the Save as Copy file is 3x file size:

Dulplicate layers to new - save as a copy png - smallest file size (Slowest Saving) = 3.03mb

orginal psd - quick export as png = 1.01mb

orginal psd - save for web (legacy) - png-24 with Transparency + metadata Copyright only (None option did not affect size) = 1.01mb

orginal psd - save for web (legacy) - png-8 with Transparency + metadata Copyright only = 292kb

File dimension are all 1440x1026px (72ppi)

 

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