If you flatten you can use save as to save you jpeg then back up in history the recover you document layer state it is easy to create an action to do that. However, your Save As jpeg or the Actions interactive Save as Jpeg step will cause Photoshop switch the Document name and backing file to the saved jpeg file name. If you are going to update your layer file make sure you use save as PSD and used the right file name.
If you know how to Script Photoshop you can write a SaveAS script to save your layered document as a flat jpeg file without flattening the document. The active document will still be your layer document with the correct name and backing file. It will work like Proior Photoshop version of Save AS jpeg. If you are using macOS 10.1.5+ Apple may through _copy into the mix... it seems Apple has a problem.
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We appreciate your feedback on the recent “Save a Copy” change. To address your concerns, we have created two new options in Photoshop 22.4.2 that will enable both revert to the legacy “Save As” workflow and/or omit the addended “copy” when saving as a copy. These options can be found in the File Saving Options section under Preferences > File Handling.
To quickly summarize, you will now have the option to revert to the legacy “Save As” workflow (from before recent changes) on both macOS and Windows. Enabling this preference will make both the “Save As” and “Save a Copy” commands operate within the same “Save As” dialog box with all its previous options, including the “as a copy” checkbox. The only difference between the two commands will be whether the checkbox is automatically selected (when using “Save a Copy”). Additionally, you will now have the option to not append copy when saving a copy. On macOS, if you enable the legacy workflow, the option to not append copy will be forced ‘on’ due to the changes made in macOS 10.15 and later. On Windows, the two preferences will operate independently.
We hope these preference options will help ease some of the frustration you encountered using the new “Save a Copy” command.
Please note, reverting to the legacy “Save As” workflow may increase the risk of overwriting file names and lost work. A new dialog will pop-up warning customers of this risk when selecting either one of these preferences on macOS. On Windows, the legacy “Save As” operates in a manner that is safe, so a warning dialog will only pop-up when selecting the option to not append copy to the file name.
For more details on each preference and how they differ by platform, please see our updated new feature summary page.
I don't have those options where you say i should have them
Thanks for the quick response dave. Is that a pre-release?
22.4.1 is the latest v. in CC app.
BTW in checking my version I leanred the "About Photoshop" in the help menu does not work.
Try clicking on check for updates in the CC desktop app Help menu.
22.4.2 is a public release - released today
You can check Photoshop version number in Help >System Info
What's up with the new save as a copy, can't batch process with a droplet anymore
Batch or Droplet?
Please post screenshots of the fully extended Action in the Actions Panel and the Batch or Droplet settings.
Is the saving part of the Action or the Batch/…?
Are you aware of the recent changes concerning »Save As« and the introduction of »Save a Copy«?
When saving as the PNG option does not come out and I only get these options
Which option you are using? IN recent versions you should use Save a copy or Export As to save in PNG file format. Of course you can use and legacy Save for Web option.
Try Save a copy. Those look like the Save as options. Yes, it's another pointless change.
This is a stupid updated....
You have use "save a copy" and the file name will add "copy" for you to delete it by yourselve.
Windows 10, PS CC 2021 Desktop version. Is there a way of returning to the old "save as" behavior? Now when I "save as" I have to close present document and open the one I just saved because the name of the present document does not change to the new name I just saved it as.
You can do that in the preferences with version 22.4.3
1) the system was already ask me "replace" the file and I agree and really want to replace the old file. However, it will make a new file with the name "copy", and what I have to do is delete "copy" manually everytime (also delete the old file that I want to replace).
2) If you want to save "jpg", you have to choose "Save a copy"; same situation, you have to delete "copy" on file name everytime.
Now I install previous version, at least I solve the "2" problem.
What OS are you using? Are you saving to a synced folder (OneDrive, iCloud or similar)?