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photoshop does not switch to new PSD after 'save as' command

Community Beginner ,
Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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For some of the latest versions I have been annoyed by this behaviour:

When I work on a PSD and then decide to create a fork, I do a 'save as' copy of the project.

The old behaviour was that PS automatically switched over to the new file, the 'saved as' file.

The new behaviour is that a new copy is saved, but the old file is still active, and the new file is not opened..

So I have many times accidentally kept on working in the old PSD, and couple of times even not noticed it until I closed PS. This meant I no longer had any v1 of the project.
Is this something only I have noticed? Is it some error on my system? If any of you have seen this kind of thing happen, do you know of a solution? Legacy 'save as' option does not seem to affect this.

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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You can change this in Photoshop preferences.

 

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Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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As I said in my post, enabling the legacy option didn't help.

What does help is that I have to untick 'save as a copy' in the save location popup dialog as well.

Racking up that nonsense extra clicks count.
Does the new 'save as' behaviour really help anyone? For me it means I have lost some work and have to do extra clicks.

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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So, it is like I always knew it was,
I am alone. This is fine.
But now it seems that enabling legacy 'save as' also enabled legacy free transform, although that option is not ticked.

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Nov 24, 2022 Nov 24, 2022

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I do a 'save as' copy of the project.

The old behaviour was that PS automatically switched over to the new file, the 'saved as' file.


By @Henry Griin

 

If you "Save As", the new version becomes the current file in Photoshop.

 

But "Save A Copy" can't work that way and never has. The whole point of "Save A Copy" is that the target format doesn't support all properties of the file, so some data have to be discarded to save to the new format. In such a situation, the original file is always the one that remains open. It has always been like this, even before save a copy became its own menu item.

 

I understand that "Save A Copy" can be used like you do, to create multiple instances of the same file. But that's not why Save A Copy was implemented. It was implemented as a workaround to a change in MacOS, which no longer allowed direct saving to an unsupported file format.

 

To switch the working file to your copy, you need to use "Save As".

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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You say that "If you "Save As", the new version becomes the current file in Photoshop." - but I created this discussion exactly because for me, this is no longer so. It used to be, and I was used to that behaviour. But with newer PS versions, this is no longer so and I am confused and I have to do extra clicks to achieve the old behaviour, and I have lost some work, and I have no option in the settings to make the software more quickly do what I want.

As far as I can tell, 'save as' and 'save a copy' are currently doing the same thing in a sense that they save a version of the file I have open, and they don't switch to or open that new version.
I am trying to discuss the usefulness of that redundancy.

And I am trying to find out whether the 'save as' behaviour change is an update that was implemented due to majority of users actually wanting this, or, is there a chance I am not the only person troubled by it, and have a more substantial right to issue a feature request ticket.

 

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Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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"Save As" and "Save A Copy" should not behave identically, and they don't here. What I wrote above was based on my own testing.

 

If they do behave the same way, I'd suspect a corrupt preferences file, and I would try to reset.

 

  • Save As switches to the newly saved file as the currently open file.
  • Save A Copy just saves out the copy, but stays on the old file which remains open.

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" I do a 'save as' copy of the project"

 

Which format you save?

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