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Photoshop 21.0.0 won't save over previous file... it creates a copy instead

Engaged ,
Nov 12, 2019

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Hi all! I just upgraded to Photoshop 21.0.0 yesterday. And it's doing an odd thing. I'm sure it's a preference, but I'm not sure what to look for to change it. 

Here's the issue: I created a .psd image. I saved it as a jpg file. I needed to edit it, so I opened the .psd file, made changes, then wanted to save over the jpg file. It asks me if I want to replace it... I say yes... and it saves it. But... it saves it as a copy... it does NOT save over the original as I'd asked it to. 

How do I change this? Thanks so much! 

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Photoshop 21.0.0 won't save over previous file... it creates a copy instead

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Hi all! I just upgraded to Photoshop 21.0.0 yesterday. And it's doing an odd thing. I'm sure it's a preference, but I'm not sure what to look for to change it. 

Here's the issue: I created a .psd image. I saved it as a jpg file. I needed to edit it, so I opened the .psd file, made changes, then wanted to save over the jpg file. It asks me if I want to replace it... I say yes... and it saves it. But... it saves it as a copy... it does NOT save over the original as I'd asked it to. 

How do I change this? Thanks so much! 

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Hi there,

 

That's strange as your PSD files are not getting overwritten instead a new file is getting saved. 

 

Are you on Windows or Mac OS? Could you please turn on the Legacy Compositing option in Performance preferences?
Choose Edit > Preferences > Performance (Windows) or Photoshop > Preferences > Performance (macOS). Select Legacy Compositing. Quit and relaunch Photoshop.
 
Let us know how it goes.
 
Thanks,
Akash

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Hi,

I have this exact problem. Unfortunately the given solution did not work (after turning on legacy compositing, tried restarting just photoshop, tried restarting entire computer to be safe). Currently on Mac OS Catalina 10.15.1, and have had the issue with at least the past few updates of PS.

All I have to show for my troubleshooting is that the problem does not occur if the PSD file only contains 1 layer (doesn't need flattening); the replacement works.

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Engaged ,
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Thank you both so much for your replies! I'm on a Mac... and this problem occured when I upgraded to the Catalina OS. I did a test, and sure enough I'm experiencing the same thing that susans48932590 has. It works as expected when I am saving a flattened image. It saves over the image I'm trying to replace. But when I have an image with layers and I try to replace another image... it creates a copy, even after I tell it to replace the image. 

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I tried setting that Legacy composting setting... but that didn't help. But thanks for the suggestion! 

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Legacy composting has been removed - that's the message I get when I open up the Performance tab. So any other ideas on how to solve this?

 

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Engaged ,
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I would have hoped this problem would have been resolved by now. It's a time suck. Not a huge one, but they add up. It's annoying.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Legacy compositing has nothing to do with this.

 

The reason you get a copy is because the jpeg specification is extremely limited. Almost anything you can do to a file in Photoshop is outside the jpeg specification. It's not supported. So it can't be saved directly to jpeg, it has to be saved as a copy with the "offending" properties removed or simplified to fit the jpeg format.

 

(That also means you still have an unsaved original PSD, after the jpeg copy has been saved out.)

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Engaged ,
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Thanks, D_Fosse. Why is it just happening now? It's never done this before. So something changed... was it Photoshop or the jpg specifications? If it was Photoshop, then surely they can fix it back to the way it was? 

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It has always worked this way. If your file has layers but opened as a jpeg, you can not save back over the jpeg. You have to flatten the file first, save a copy, or export a jpeg back over the original. This is not new behavior. 

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I'm not understanding that. If my file has layers, it's not a jpg... so I'm not opening it as a jpg file. It's probably a .psd file that I'm opening. In the past, when I opened a .psd file that I wanted to then save as a JPG, I'd just save it as a JPG. Then I'd save the .psd as a .psd so I'd have my editable layers saved. If I already had a jpg by the same name that I wanted to save over... it did that... after asking me if I wanted to replace the original jpg. Now it's asking me if I want to save over that original jpg... I say yes... but it does not save over it. So to me this IS new behaviour. And it is asking me a question but ignoring my answer. That seems like an issue to me. 

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Sorry I misunderstood your problem. If you can't save back over a layered PSD file I believe this is an issue with Catalina. I've avoided updating for now because I read about so many problems with it.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop/does-photoshop-work-with-catalina/m-p/10654955

 

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