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C2PAWS Files generated when I create new docs in Photoshop

Community Expert ,
Sep 16, 2023 Sep 16, 2023

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The title says it all. Since updating to PS 2024, the PSD files I create generate an additional .c2paws file (doesn't happen with those I created in the old version and then open, and save with 2024)

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they cannot be opened with anything present on my computer, but they contain data

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In this screenshot, it displays the PS logo as I told windows to open it with Photoshop. Result: Wrong type of file.

 

Not sure it's a bug or not, but I know that I didn't change my preferences since I updated to Photoshop 2024 (transfered prefs)
A search on Google or this forum doesn't return anything.

Have I done something wrong?

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Sep 16, 2023 Sep 16, 2023

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This is a Content Cedentials file. Please review https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/content-credentials.html#content-credentials-photoshop

You can deactivate in oreferences auto creating of these files. 

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Sep 17, 2023 Sep 17, 2023

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Thanks!
What's funny is that I always had Content Credential activated (even in the previous version) I actually activated it, ever since I became aware of it. I kept my 2023 version, checked the prefs, the prefs are the same as the new version (and creating a new file here doesn't generate any side file - and never have!)

Besides, one of the file is attached to a TIFF file (PSD saved as TIFF)
The link you attached only state it works for JPGS and PNG (Not tiffs)

 

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My preferences have always been publish to cloud, and not "attach a file" both in 2023 version and the 2024 version.

 

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2023

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2024


That's why I thought it was a bug, because I didn't change any preferences (Content credencial or otherwise) and the result is different between the two versions.

I really don't want to disable it, as I find a useful thing. The only thing that prevents me to apply it to every file I work on, is that we cannot list co-owners (As someone who retouch other people's photos, I would hate being listed as the only owner), but I already talked about that to someone from Adobe who hopefully will pass on the information to the team.

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Jun 13, 2024 Jun 13, 2024

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You are not alone; I've just recently started getting these c2paws files. I, too, have searched and can find nothing. I think it might have something to do with opening the photo from camera raw. I'm wondering if it is when I save it as an object or a copy.  But I certainly don't need it taking up twice as much space on my hard drive.  I'm hoping I can just delete them, but got no answer from Adobe.  Donna

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Jun 14, 2024 Jun 14, 2024

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It's still hapenning and with file types it's not supposed to happen with 🙂
You can safely delete them, that's what I do.
They're adjacent files that serve to identify (for lack of a better word) files that are tied to the content credential settings in your preferences

The thing is: I'm happy for these to appear for file types they are meant to appear with (namely Jpeg and .PSD)

Not with every file: TIFFs, PNGs etc...

You can run a search for this file type on your system (even using Bridge) and delete them in batch with no issues.

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