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Saving As Copy: Two extra steps on a Mac?

Community Beginner ,
Jul 21, 2023 Jul 21, 2023

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I've spent the past few years using Photoshop for work on a PC. As a part of my workflow (I make posters, social media images and such for concert venues), I'm constantly updating existing flat files: mostly .jpg images and flat PDFs for print.

 

I've just switched back to Mac and I'm kinda shocked at the extra steps in a process that I do maybe a hundred times a day on average:

 

PC (five steps)

-Edit my .psd file

-Click Save As Copy

-Click on the file I want to replace (which, sensibly, changes the file format of my item)

-Click Save

-Confirm file quality and properties

 

MAC (seven steps)

-Edit .psd file

-Click Save As Copy

-Click on the File I want to replace (does not change the file format of my item)

-Scroll and select the correct file format under "Format"

-Click Save

-Click through mandatory, non-removable dialog box warning that I'm saving over a file

-Confirm file quality and properties

 

I realize these are small steps, but the annoyance of having Photoshop nanny me through a process that I, again, need to do many dozens of times daily--it is a real bummer. I'd hugely appreciate that click-and-swap-file-types feature porting over to Macs, and... couldn't Adobe/Mac let me decide how dangerously I want to live when saving over a file?

 

A "don't show this again" checkbox on that dialog (as the PC has) would really be a big help.

 

Thanks!

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Jul 21, 2023 Jul 21, 2023

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Hi @caseydude a couple of questions regarding your Mac process.

1. Why do you have to change the file format under save as copy? Did you process the image that changed the format - opened a jpg, added a layer that converts to a psd then need to save back to jpg?

When I open a flat jpg and adjust - as long as I dont have additional layers, save as copy still has the same format that I opened as (jpg) I don't have to choose a new format.

2. Click through the manditory, non-removeable dialog box - this is a Mac system protocol, not Photoshop. You can't bypass but you can use Ctrl+R shortcut (not Cmd) to choose "replace"

 

Finally - why are you using "Save As a Copy" if you are saving over the original files? Why can't you simply use "Save" to overwrite back to the original? It seems like you are adding a lot of extra steps to get to the same point.

Again if you are changing the file format, flattening the file first should allow you to use Save.

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Jul 25, 2023 Jul 25, 2023

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Hi Kevin, thanks for the response here!

 

1. My working files are layered PSDs. Now and again I have to update them (these are show posters web images, so I'm adding a band name or tour name, maybe changing a time or adding a second date). That information needs to look natural at every stage, so I can't really leave space for pending details: I need a pretty editable base file to come back to and adjust. Because a lot of coworkers need to access the final, flat files for posting and printing, I try to not keep multiple iterations of them around, which can lead to outdated information going out into the world. Hence the saving over the same (standardized) file names for different uses. Mostly jpgs and some PDFs.

 

2. Have learned that this is a Mac thing since posting. If there's somewhere you (or anyone) reccomends posting/emailing to let Apple know it's a pain point, please let me know and I'll do my part! I'm getting used to it now, though, in week three of my OS swap!

 

I think my #1 response answers your last question (I need to keep editable PSD files around until I know there won't be more changes to an event), but let me know if I'm missing something! Very self-taught with this stuff so it's quite possible.

 

Thanks again!

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Jul 25, 2023 Jul 25, 2023

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Hi @caseydude totally get keeping the layered PSD to maintain editablility. We do the same here.

When saving a master PSD file to another format, as you discovered Mac doesn't allow "hot swapping" extensions so you are forced to choose the format in PS save dialog box and it also has the "Are you sure?" pop up when replacing.

 

Don't underestimate using the keyboard shortcut to accept replacing the file in Mac OS. Saves me tons of time throughout the day.

 

There may be options to create an Action or script to semi-automate this taking care of everything except user input for the file name (clicking the original).

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