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Auto save ruined my work. How do I get back to a good image?

Community Beginner ,
Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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I wanted to have a play with a previously good image to try a few new things. Unfortunately there appears to be some sort of 'auto save' option turned on and it ruined my file. So, a couple of questions;

 

  1. How do I turn off the auto save function?
  2. Is there any way I can get back to a previous (good) version of the file?

(I've learnt the hard way but I guess this shows you should always, always do a Save As if you are going to play with an image.)

 

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Community Expert , Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

@leep40312335 wrote:

Unfortunately there appears to be some sort of 'auto save' option turned on and it ruined my file.

 


 

Hi Leep,

You didn't say, but any chance you are working with a Cloud document (.psdc)? That's the only place I know that has auto-save when you properly close a file, and no, it cannot be turned off for .psdc files.

 

If it is a .psdc file, you might be able to retrieve a previous version.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/manage-cloud-documents-photoshop.html

 

Jane

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I can't even imagine what you mean! I can't see how Auto Save could alter the image Can you post a screenshot?

-Edit- Ok I now see that mybe you meant it Auto-Saved a version you weren't happy with? 

 

Anyway I guess you can disable it by going Edit>Preferences>File Handling and unchecking all the "Save" options,  but I do not recommend this. You can lose work if you don't have this backup.

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@Leslie Moak Murray wrote:

Anyway you can disable it by going Edit>Preferences>File Handling and checking "Never Save" but I do not recommend this.


 

Hi Leslie,

 

I think the "Never Save" is a dropdown for "Image Previews" and only applies to the small previews that display the file. Saving the Preview makes the file a bit larger, which is of concern for web graphics, whereas not saving it makes it hard to identify your file.

DBDA1809-E354-4AD1-A846-E31119C9CAA8.jpeg

 

Jane

 

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Aha! Thank you! I'll edit my response. I guess he can still uncheck all the "Save" options tho?

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The 4th option "Automatically save recovery information" is only in the event of a crash.

 

73817832-4133-44EC-850C-3469D9CAF125.jpeg

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/file-recovery-photoshop.html

 

Jane

 

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More than once I've been glad I specified saving!

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I'm like you, Leslie, I save, save, save, and also save as! 

 

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@leep40312335 wrote:

I wanted to have a play with a previously good image to try a few new things. Unfortunately there appears to be some sort of 'auto save' option turned on and it ruined my file. So, a couple of questions;

  1. Is there any way I can get back to a previous (good) version of the file?

If you have not yet closed the file, you should be able to back up using the History Panel.

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@leep40312335 wrote:

Unfortunately there appears to be some sort of 'auto save' option turned on and it ruined my file.

 


 

Hi Leep,

You didn't say, but any chance you are working with a Cloud document (.psdc)? That's the only place I know that has auto-save when you properly close a file, and no, it cannot be turned off for .psdc files.

 

If it is a .psdc file, you might be able to retrieve a previous version.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/manage-cloud-documents-photoshop.html

 

Jane

 

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Thanks everyone, your replies are much appreciated.

Ultimately it was my own fault and now I know the behaviour, I will be using Save As a lot more often!

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