Photoshop cc will suddenly not save a file as a pdf

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Just this morning I have noticed that I cannot save a file as a pdf. It was a pdf to being with but won't save it as a pdf. I can save it as a jpg. I thought maybe it was something odd with the document (8-bit, not particularly big, and no layers) so I tried some others, but "Photoshop pdf" has disappeared from the choices altogether. I can open Acrobat DC and then drag a jpeg into it and then it will save as a pdf, but that is cumbersome. Any thoughts?

 

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BK

 

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Adobe Community Professional , May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021
Hi @bkennedy1956  Use File > Save a Copy, then choose PDF. This is new in 22.4. ~ Jane

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Hi @bkennedy1956 

Use File > Save a Copy, then choose PDF. This is new in 22.4.

~ Jane

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A little more explanation :

If your file contains items that are not supported in your required format (e.g. layers or 16 bits/channel) then the file format is moved to the Save a Copy menu. This was driven by changes in the Mac Operating System, although the changes are applied to both Mac and Windows versions to keep them aligned.
They do a make a lot of sense because, under the new design, any file type that fully supports the content of the document will appear in Save As whereas any file type that means you will lose some content (e.g. layers, bit depth, hidden pixels after using crop without delete cropped pixels....etc will appear in Save a Copy.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/whats-new.html


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Hi Dave,

 

Thanks for the answer, this was driving me nuts. 

 

Any idea if I have flattened layers and am in 8bit why Save As would not have PDF as an option?

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I honestly don't know.  I suspect it may have been put straight into that menu due to the wide range of options that follow, which include downsampling.

Dave

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Thanks for the workaround. I will hope that they will refine this feature in a future update. The file is just 8-bit, no layers. All I wanted to was open the file, clean up the scan with the eraser, type a reference# at the top, flatten and re-save what started out as a pdf to begin with, and for that, I have to rename the file? It does seem needlessly cumbersome, and it seems that Adobe has been trying to make things less work lately not more.

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