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How to lock default jpeg compression to quality 12?

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I posted about this a few years back and never got an answer but I might not have been explaining myself very well.

When I close Photoshop and reopen it, the next time I go to do a jpeg save, the compression level defaults to what it was at the last time I closed Photoshop.

 

For instance, if I save an image at quality 6  and shut down Photoshop...it will continue to default to 6 for all of my jpeg saves with my next session unless I manually change it for each save. If I want to change it so that it defaults to quality 12, I must save an image at quality 12 and then close Photoshop, reopen Photoshop and then all my saves will default to 12.


This is particularily frustrating if I'm running an action on mulitple images and then realize many images in, that all of my saves are at a too high of compression. So this issue also applies to saves recorded in actions. Even if an action was recored at quality 12, those saves in the actions, default to whatever the last jpeg save was the last time I closed Photoshop.

This has been the case through mulitple genrations of Photoshop on mulitple computers both Mac and PC. The last time I posted about it I was told that this wasn't actually happening or no one else could duplicate the issue so I think I might not have explained myself very well then. Hopefully this is more clear. This is happening.

I don't know if this can be changed and if not, it would at least be nice to understand the reasoning behind this behavior. 

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How to lock default jpeg compression to quality 12?

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I posted about this a few years back and never got an answer but I might not have been explaining myself very well.

When I close Photoshop and reopen it, the next time I go to do a jpeg save, the compression level defaults to what it was at the last time I closed Photoshop.

 

For instance, if I save an image at quality 6  and shut down Photoshop...it will continue to default to 6 for all of my jpeg saves with my next session unless I manually change it for each save. If I want to change it so that it defaults to quality 12, I must save an image at quality 12 and then close Photoshop, reopen Photoshop and then all my saves will default to 12.


This is particularily frustrating if I'm running an action on mulitple images and then realize many images in, that all of my saves are at a too high of compression. So this issue also applies to saves recorded in actions. Even if an action was recored at quality 12, those saves in the actions, default to whatever the last jpeg save was the last time I closed Photoshop.

This has been the case through mulitple genrations of Photoshop on mulitple computers both Mac and PC. The last time I posted about it I was told that this wasn't actually happening or no one else could duplicate the issue so I think I might not have explained myself very well then. Hopefully this is more clear. This is happening.

I don't know if this can be changed and if not, it would at least be nice to understand the reasoning behind this behavior. 

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Would exporting using either of these methods be an option for you?
File > Export > Export As…
Layer > Export As…

 

Within the Export tab of the Photoshop Preferences is a Quick Export Format section. This can be used to control the Quick Export option accessible via the following…
File > Export > Quick Export as [file type]…

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Thanks Michael...It might work but it's outside of my standard workflow. I work on one image at the time, finish and then save...sometimes by over writing the original file or sometimes in a seperate folder leaving the original file in tact. Depends what I'm doing. I simply need to find a way for those save to not default to the last jpeg quality setting I had set in Photoshop the last time I closde the program.

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It is possible to lock in default settings using an action that does not include the save name/path:

BROKENACTIONLINKREMOVED

 

Or this can be scripted.

 

Either way, a keyboard shortcut can be applied to the action or script.

 

Hope this helps!

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Thanks Stephen...I download those actions and tried them but got this warning...

 

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Thank you, it used to work, I have removed the download for now.

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The quality setting is sticky. You can raise a feature request at the link below , where it will be seen by Adobe staff.
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family

 

As an aside , you mention overwriting jpegs. Jpeg is not a good format for storing files that may be re-edited. The effects of jpeg compression are lossy and cumulative. It is much better to save your master files as layered PSD/PSB or TIFF files which use lossless compression and then export a jpeg when you need a flattened copy for single use (such as sending over the web etc).

 

Dave

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Thanks Dave...I'll make this as a feature request now that I'm fairly certain it is normal behavior of Photoshop.

Yes, I'm fully aware of the limitations and constrainst of over writing Jpeps files after editing. There is a time and a place though where it's a workflow fit without unreasonable sacrifices. Appreciate your want to educate 🙂

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Hello Dave...I went to that link but it's not clear there where to make a feature request...post under "ideas" perhaps?

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As long as you, and others who read the thread, understand the implications of saving as jpegs then you are making an informed choice.

 

Yes , just post the feture request as an "idea".

 

Dave

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