Really quick… I forgot to mention in the email that I posted some photos from my Eagle photography trip last week. Click here to see them.
UPDATE: I found out that Apple made a change to their OS which required Adobe to make this change. So if you’re wondering why would they make the change I’m about to show you in this video, blame Apple now Adobe 🙂
New Video… I’ve seen a lot of questions asking why the May 2021 Update to Photoshop broke the ability to save a JPG in Photoshop. Well, it actually didn’t break it and it works mostly the same it always has. However, there’s a better way to save a JPG. I’ll share the change as well as my preferred way to save the JPG in this video.
During the video you’ll also see a photo of some US Coast Guard aircraft. While I thanked our armed services, Memorial Day is coming up this weekend in the US, and I just wanted to take a quick moment to honor the fallen from our armed services who died while performing their duties. Thank you.
This was very helpful. I teach PS to high schoolers so we always to to the menu first instead of the shortcut. Something else strange about this new way of doing save is that it is possible to save a file as a .jpg with layers still intact. Many of my students send me their .jpg files and when I open them, there are all their layers. I know that used to be the case several versions back in PS that you could save a layered .jpg. I cannot figure out what my students are doing to cause that to happen and they are not tech savvy enough to be able to recreate their process for me. Any ideas?
Hi. I’m not sure but it is not possible for true JPG images to have layers. So, maybe some one is putting JPG on the end, but it is not a true JPG.
Just got this from the Adobe community, and I’m so happy! “In the update to 22.4.2, you can now revert to the previous behavior in Preferences > File Handling > File Saving Options:
Enable Legacy Save As
Do not append Copy
See this help page for details and cautions:
Thanks….I did that and in one minute stopped myself from going grey. Why did photoshop do this?? Crazy. That weird jpeg 2000 would not even show up for Indesign to place…it was like it was invisible file.
God love you! I only just updated my photoshop and this was doing my head in
Yes! So happy I saw your post. I couldn’t figure out where my save as .jpg went to in PS 2021. Thank you.
Thanks love this
It stinks that we had to stumble around on the internet after encountering this latest “update”, to discover what happened. No warning. No hats off to Adobe this time. I hate having to remove the “copy” in the file name every time I save a copy. My workflow was the same as Michael Pitt above, “Save As PSD where I append to the file name all the software I used on the photo e.g. DSC_2750LRPS ON1 Glow.psd . Then I Save As again but use the drop down to select jpg. Worked great! With Save As Copy, it appends the word “copy” to the file name, which I must delete.” It’s an extra little pain-in-the-butt hassle that no one needs.
Hi Matt. For me you missed the critical distinction between “Export” and “Save as a Copy” and therefore why you would choose one rather than the other. If you choose “Export” your metadata is not included; except for copyright information if you wish. This means that if you put your image onto a site such as Smugmug or onto a device such as your iPad it is not possible to sort the images either temporally or spatially or to have the platform do that sorting for you.; bad news. Should you wish to have this type of functionality then you must “Save as a Copy”. If you do not care about this type of functionality and are posting to a platform where you wish to hide your metadata then you should, of course, use “Export”.
Matt..I’m terrified of updating PS LR CC because of all the horror stories I hear from seasoned photographer that the updates have caused so many problems and they almost always switch back to 2020 version. Can you share your thoughts on this please?
Hi. I haven’t heard of any stories nor experience them myself so I can’t speak to it.
Matt – My head has been done in over last couple of weeks, thanks for “The Vid” explaining everything.
i now know what to do next.
Chhers Matt = “Top Man”
John Mac, UK.
I was just siting here grappling with this when your email popped up. Good timing..
Hi Matt, I learn so much from you because you cover not just the key point, but context. In this video I learned how to save a jpeg in PS and some key points about files for social media (and two types of Coast Guard aircraft). You’re my go-to coach for Lightroom and Photoshop and you inspire me with your wonderful photography.
Thanks, Matt. Awesome as always!
Matt, Matt, Matt. It is not “Save AS a copy”. It is “Save A copy”. Love your work. Thanks for the info.
Thanks Paul but hopefully the first part of your comment is a joke and you just forgot to put a smiley face. Here… I’ll add one for you 🙂
Thanks, Matt! Your videos are very helpful!
As previous post said: Thanks Matt. Your advice is always helpful. Thanks.
Hi Matt, I really wish that everybody had a 600mm lens. But many of us don’t or won’t spend the money for that kind of gear. So I really like your presentations but the truth of the matter when it comes to wildlife photography is that equipment is everything.
Hi Jesse. I would disagree and far too many people use gear as an excuse. And when I see photos that don’t live up to their expectations, I can usually find that poor light, poor subject choice or positioning, or wrong settings are the culprit – rather than gear. I can show you hundreds of razor sharp amazing photos of wildlife with the 200-600mm (a $2000 lens) and a Sony camera that costs half as much as the one I’m using now. I do agree that sometimes gear does matter, but there is no reason that with a $4000 budget (camera and lens combo) you can’t get amazing wildlife photos. And truthfully, I rarely use my 600 because the 200-600 is just as sharp and much more versatile. Thanks!
Thanks for the update.
One thing that everyone should realize. Sometimes, JPG is a choice in Save As and sometimes it is not. That all depends on what you’ve done to the file. NOW, only formats will appear that can save everything you’ve done to the image. So, if you have layers, JPG doesn’t support layers so that choice disappears. Same if you are in 16 bit. If you don’t have layers and are in 8 bit, JPG is still a choice in Save As.
You can test this by creating an image with layers and then try Save As. Then you can flatten the image and try again.
One disadvantage of Save a Copy is that it appends the file name with “Copy” which I find annoying since I don’t want the photo that I send to the client to say Copy. Photoshop should make a preference as to whether or not to append the file name with Copy by default. If I choose the same file type, I would want it to say Copy but not when its a different file type.
I guess that I have to re-train myself to start using Export instead of Save As now.
Oh Matt have I had a torrent of email exchanges with Adobe on this issue this week! All they had to do was allow an option to leave Save As alone. But nooo. They had to make you jump through hoops to get the results you always got.
My workflow is: Save As PSD where I append to the file name all the software I used on the photo e.g. DSC_2750LRPS ON1 Glow.psd . Then I Save As again but use the drop down to select jpg. Worked great! With Save As Copy, it appends the word “copy” to the file name, which I must delete. Export As seems to work OK but it looks like you have no option to keep all your metadata. And you must set options so you don’t have to navigate to your correct folder.
Terrible implementation of a feature that would seem unnecessary to anyone with the attention span to use Photoshop.
Hi, Jerry…you’re almost correct. However, if you ‘Save a copy’ and select JPG, you can change the name and remove the “copy” from it. So…you won’t be sending your clients a ‘copy’.
Thank you, Matt! 30 years of Photoshopping and I humbly continue to learn from you.
Matt, thanks for explaining where “save as jpeg” went and for the better way to do it. Much appreciated because I was heap puzzled about this yesterday!
Thanks Matt! This is a great video!! I have never used the Export option but now I will! If you have come over from LR and just hit SAVE will it return to LR as a .psd file like it always has?
Yep, nothing with Lightroom interoperability has changed. Thanks!
Thanks for the update on this. My question is that before when you “export as”, it went to the desktop and not back into Lightroom where the photo originated. Is this still the case. It used to be that only the SAVE would go back to LR and not SAVE AS. I want it to go into LR and not just my desktop or else I have to reimport it back into LR. Thanks for the clarity on this.
Hi Cyndi – I’m not totally sure what the question is but nothing with Lightroom and Photoshop saving has changed. You still go to File > Save like always when you’re done in Photoshop and want to return to LR.
Can you please share the link to the 10 Photoshop tips? thanks
Hi. Sorry about that. If you rewatch the video in the last 10 seconds, it will pop up in the actual video itself. Thanks!
Great tips, as usual ! Fantastic shoutout to our military too 💕
Thanks April. Very strong military and police supporter here! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
That was really helpful Matt, thank you so much from Manchester UK.
Another well explained tip made easy!
Thank you very much Matt! The timeliness of your video couldn’t have been better as I had no idea why I couldn’t save a JPG. I really appreciate all the great tips you provide.