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How do I disable the Save As Copy box when saving as a PDF in Photoshop 2020?

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When saving a PDF from Photoshop CC 2020, the "Save a Copy" box is automatically checked off in the Save Window. Prior to CC 2020 I could save over an existing PDF file without generating a copy each time without the "Save a Copy" box being checked, how do I disable it?

 

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Hi there,

That does not sound good, could you please let us know the operating system you're working with?
At my end I am ablt to check or uncheck the Save as a Copy box as shown below:
Screenshot_16.jpg

Have you tried resetting the preferences of Photoshop and see if that helps? 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html

 

Note: Make sure that you back up all your custom presets, brushes & actions before restoring Photoshop's preferences. Migrate presets, actions, and settings


Regards,
Sahil

 

 

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How do I disable the Save As Copy box when saving as a PDF in Photoshop 2020?

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When saving a PDF from Photoshop CC 2020, the "Save a Copy" box is automatically checked off in the Save Window. Prior to CC 2020 I could save over an existing PDF file without generating a copy each time without the "Save a Copy" box being checked, how do I disable it?

 

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Hi there,

That does not sound good, could you please let us know the operating system you're working with?
At my end I am ablt to check or uncheck the Save as a Copy box as shown below:
Screenshot_16.jpg

Have you tried resetting the preferences of Photoshop and see if that helps? 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html

 

Note: Make sure that you back up all your custom presets, brushes & actions before restoring Photoshop's preferences. Migrate presets, actions, and settings


Regards,
Sahil

 

 

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Hi there,

That does not sound good, could you please let us know the operating system you're working with?
At my end I am ablt to check or uncheck the Save as a Copy box as shown below:
Screenshot_16.jpg

Have you tried resetting the preferences of Photoshop and see if that helps? 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/preferences.html

 

Note: Make sure that you back up all your custom presets, brushes & actions before restoring Photoshop's preferences. Migrate presets, actions, and settings


Regards,
Sahil

 

 

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Thank you for your quick reply. Following the info in your link, I created a default pref set and the problem seems to have gone away. Before this I kept unchecking the save as copy box in the PDF save window but it would keep resetting to checked.

Carl

 

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BTW, I'm using Mac OS 10.15.2 Catalina

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Looks like I spoke too soon. Here's what happened later in the day.....

I flattened the layers in my Photoshop file I was working on and saved it as a pdf file.

I went back into the Photoshop file to re-edit it and then went to resave as a pdf file, in an attempt to overwrite it. I get the ususal prompt "Do you want to overwrite..." to which I click yes, but I am not given the ability to

uncheck the Save as Copy box which has somehow turned itself on again. If I proceed with the save, I get a new pdf file with the same name as the original but with the word "copy" added to it. Now, I have to go back and trash the original pdf file, then highlight the file name with my cursor and delete the word "copy" so that it attains the name I originally wanted. I am really frustrated - this did not happen in the previous version of Photoshop, and I really wish this bug would get fixed.

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Hi carlart!

 

I am having the same issued and agree it's very frustrating!! Have you been able to find a solution?

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Nope. I need to call someone in tech support. This keyboard ping pong hasn't worked.

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Please let me know if you find a solution!

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Any solutions to this problem? I'm about to use Gimp

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..and I'm not gonna flatten all my layers every time I want to save a .png. Been using PS for 10 years, this isn't normal.

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I'm having this same problem on both MacOS 10.15 and Windows 10, with Photoshop CC updated to the latest on each.


Steps to reproduce:

1. Open a .jpg in Photoshop

2. Make some changes

3. Ctrl+Shift+S to "Save As..."

4. Change file format from .jpg to .PDF

5. The "As a Copy" box automatically checks itself

 

What should happen:

Steps 1-3...

4. Change file format from .jpg to .PDF

5. The "As a Copy" box remains unchecked unless I deliberately check it

 

This is not the behavior someone expects when they use a "Save As" dialog. Normally when using a "Save As" dialog, the newly saved file becomes the active file. It is not saved as a copy, keeping the original document as the active file, permitting you to make changes to an original without realizing it. 

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Unfortunately, I am still having this issue as well. It continues to be a frustration. It should be a preference you can decide on when saving a PDF. Plus this is a new thing, in former versions of photoshop you had to check "Save as a Copy" when saving a PDF it was not prechecked for you!

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Same issue here, pretty much whichever file format I want. Very annoying as I have to go and clean up my folders.

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The trick is to convert the 16 bit file to 8 bit first and then it will 'save' and not 'save as'

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Also need to be sure image has flattened all layers.

thx

 

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I have the same problem, wish this could be fixed

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*EDIT you need to flatten all layers in order for this to work on .png's as one of the other commenters pointed out. Still a bit irritating though, and not a perfect solution.

I got the same issue and i am tired of the file not being overwritten.
For me it happens when i open a .png file, edit it and want to save it as a .png - i cannot choose to overwrite it, and photoshop will create a filename copy name.

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