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How Do I Change Save / Save As Default to JPG in Photoshop CC?

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Jul 10, 2017 Jul 10, 2017

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How Do I Change Save / Save As Default from PSD to JPG in Photoshop CC?

These are my steps:

- Editing a RAW file in ACR

- Then open it in Photoshop to do more edits

- Save/Save As...

Photoshop defaults to PSD. I've read other discussions that's because Photoshop will default to original file format. But this is a RAW file, not a PSD file to begin with.

My question is how do I change this default to JPG instead of PSD? It's annoying having to use the mouse to go down the drop down menu and scroll through to find JPG to save the file. I move through keyboard shortcus, so stopping to use the mouse just do select JPG really slows me down.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 12, 2022 Nov 12, 2022

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Until I updated just tonight to 24.0.0 I could simply hit Save or Save As and my RAW files, after editing in Camera Raw and Photoshop, would automatically come up to save as JPG, which is what I want. Now I have to go to the drop down menu to change from .psd to jpg. It's a pain. How can I go back to the way it worked for me for years? Thank you. 

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Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

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- Then open it in Photoshop to do more edits

 

By @abbieg

Hi, could you describe what you mean by "some edits?" does it entail the creation of layers, or promoting the background to a layer, via crop, etc.?

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Dec 02, 2022 Dec 02, 2022

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Let's try this simple question again.  No need for coding or "export outboxes" and all kinds of razzle-dazzle solutions.  The original question was "How Do I Change Save / Save As Default to JPG in Photoshop"? I'm asking the same question as it was never answered.

 

There is SOME quirk in PS that "recalls" the last "save as" file type SOMETIMES for SOME FILE TYPES but not for others.  How do you change it to what you want, i.e., "JPG"?

 

It works like this: you save a file as it does not matter whether is is a RAW, PSD, GIF, WHO file, that's irrelevant -  let's pick something obscure like "DICOM" (whatever the heck that is) and then, after you save the file as that, the next time you are saving a file any file- it could be just a few minutes later, a day later, a week or a month - when you are working on a file and click "SAVE AS" the screen opens and, what do you know? it has defaulted to "SAVE AS DICOM."  Now you decide to save it as a "Photoshop PDF". You save it.

 

Next time you open a file - any format - work on it, then go to save it, what do you know? It has defaulted to "SAVE AS DICOM."

 

Repeat process, save a file as something else, maybe "PSD", go to save it, what do you know? It has defaulted to "SAVE AS (maybe" PDF" or maybe still "DICOM."

 

There is no rhyme or reason it seems.  One day, you go to "SAVE AS" and DICOM disappears and it will be stuck on "PSD" or "PDF"... but as the gentleman origianlly wrote, it never seems to be defaulting to "JPG", probably the file type the majority of people are wishing to save it as.

 

So, what's the secret?  Anybody know?  Somathetime is stays the same, somathetime is changes file types.  The only interaction is the previous "save as" it seems....

 

Answers and solution on the the question are most welcome.  Please skip all the replies related to coding, scripts, export, planetary alignments, etc.  This strictly has to do with 1) why PS picks up some file types and maintains them as the default "save as" file type and not others and 2) when and how does it change it to something else?  That's what's happening.

 

Much thanks!

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Dec 03, 2022 Dec 03, 2022

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it never seems to be defaulting to "JPG", probably the file type the majority of people are wishing to save it as.


By @garymak

 

As has been explained many times here in the forum, jpeg can never, under any circumstances, be a general default in Photoshop.

 

The jpeg file format specification is so limited that basically anything you can do to a file in Photoshop will exclude jpeg. It does not support 16 bit depth, layers of any kind, transparency or alpha channels. A jpeg is basically a flat array of 8 bit pixels. Anything else is off limits.

 

PSD and TIFF are the only file formats that support all Photoshop tools and features.

 

So this is really very simple and uncomplicated.

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Dec 04, 2022 Dec 04, 2022

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To echo @D Fosse if you want to have a file with reduced capacity (flat, 8 bits, no alpha, masks), then you should export/SFW, not save... The idea is to have non destructive writing of a file: save; to lose editing reversion and produce an image for showing it, Export/SFW.

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Dec 30, 2022 Dec 30, 2022

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I understand exactly what you're asking, as I have asked the same question time and time again with each and every update of Creative Cloud and Photoshop for the past couple of years. In addition to my color space settings always reverting to "Adobe RGB (1998)" from my previously-preferred "sRGB...", but that's another issue and at least easily fixable, my "Save As..." and "Save a Copy..." reverts to PSD in the "Save as type:" drop-down window. Workflow is the same as yours - I open a RAW in ACR, adjust some sliders, open the file in Photoshop (said file is set in ACR to open as an 8-bit file), make my edits (sometimes with layers, sometimes without layers). When I am done editing and wish to save the file as a jpeg for uploading to online galleries or whatever, I type Alt-Ctr-S, and the window that pops up *used to* default (for lack of a better word) to JPEG in the lower of the two drop-down menus. And that's what I'd like, particularly when editing a few hundred images in one session. Of course I can scroll to JPEG in the dropdown, and of course I can create an action, but "Alt-Ctr-S, Enter, Enter" is much faster. So, yes, absolutely, I have had a JPEG default option (again, maybe the wrong word) for thousands upon thousands of images I've edited over the years whenever I type Alt-Ctrl-S, regardless of whether I flatten or don't flatten said images. Starting with CC, all Photoshop updates have caused this "default" Alt-Ctrl-S to display PSD, rather than JPEG, but I had a fix. A couple of years ago, someone was able to understand my issue and gave me a brilliant trick to make that Photoshop Save As/Save a Copy dropdown move directly to JPEG: Type Alt-Ctrl-S as usual, click the dropdown window where PSD is displayed, scroll to JPEG, click the JPEG option and hit Ctrl at the same time. I had to do this only once after an update, and it forever defaulted to JPEG on all subsequent SaveAs/Save a Copy. It worked great after every subsequent update until 24.1.0. Now the white is wearing off my Ctrl key, I've rebooted a dozen times, checked my preferences, and I am still needing to scroll away from PSD to JPEG each and every time.

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