I have a problem! Error "file must be saved as a copy with this selection"!

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Jul 03, 2018 Jul 03, 2018

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I have a problem! Error "file must be saved as a copy with this selection"! Photoshop cc

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Jul 03, 2018 Jul 03, 2018

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This is not an error, it's normal behaviour when saving a PSD file as a JPG, PNG or GIF

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Jul 03, 2018 Jul 03, 2018

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It's a warning, not an error. You are trying to save a layered file as jpeg. Because the jpeg protocol does not support layers, that would destroy the layers ('flatten' the file). For that reason Adobe protects you against mistakes by making this saved file a copy, and keeping the layered original in memory so you can save that too.

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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Jul 03, 2018 Jul 03, 2018

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If so, then the image quality is worse! What to do? Why was not it before?

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Jul 03, 2018 Jul 03, 2018

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if you want to save without merging the layers,  save it as a TIF,  it won't force you to save as a copy that way

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Oct 30, 2018 Oct 30, 2018

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I had the same problem when working with scanned negs, I think because it sets the embedded colour profile automatically (and you can charge it or select anything else) you need to merge the layers with your background and then it will save as a JPEG. Make sure you save the PS file before you do this in case you want to go back and edit the image again. Took me a while to figure out, I tried to go ahead with the error once and PS got stuck saving on 0% and wouldn't let me close anything. Hope this helps

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Dec 19, 2018 Dec 19, 2018

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What if i want to save in PNG without background? Is it possible?

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New Here ,
Jul 14, 2020 Jul 14, 2020

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me too, this problem make a very stupid way for working on updating files.
I think some people answe this dun get your point,

Before, if I finish a PSD and save as a JPG, ofcouse it will save as a copy because I will keep the PSD file, but the problem is, when u save a PSD for ex. abc.psd to abc.jpg once, if you make a little change then save it again, your CANNOT replace it, EVEN you click overwrite, it say "must save a copy" so even you type abc.jpg and it ask u once you say yes overwrite it, the outcome will be abc_copy.jpg...

this very affect designer or doing html which need to update and change alot, since i need to rename it manual everytime...

If anybody can let me know how to disable would be very helpful

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Aug 21, 2020 Aug 21, 2020

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I had a file I was looking into today, trying to save it as a PNG, and my workflow was flattening the file as I needed a white background and then saving out. Problem is, not even through scripting was I able to remove this final save as dialog. Known issues for JPGs not being flat, 8bit, having paths, alpha channels or hidden layers. PNGs are pretty much the same, aside from having the added requirement of being RGB. You could flatten and save in the same location through actions, but save as actions often include the path, and would have to be the same, or rerecorded every time. Can you use Export As instead since it's been created to make web graphics easier?

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May 02, 2021 May 02, 2021

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Adobe, please address this issue. It's not a "feature". It's a bug.

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