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570 Points

Wed, Jun 17, 2015 1:33 AM

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Photoshop: What happened to Save for Web in Photoshop CC 2015?

I don't see Save for Web in the File Menu of Photoshop CC 2015. Did it move?

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195.8K Points

5 years ago

It was moved to File -> Export -> Save For Web (Legacy)

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272 Points

Apparently so. Very poor decision by Adobe. Now please fix it. Save for Web is built into my workflow and my very large (1400 line) retouching action.

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60 Points

Any explanation as to why?

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846 Points

Yes, any reason why this was done? Save for Web is a much faster to use feature than Export.

It needs to be returned to the main drop down under File as well, not a sub component of Export. Please consider the extra time you are adding to someone's workflow when making changes like this for such a commonly used feature.

Hoping this is fixed, as it will prevent us from updating other machines from older versions of Photoshop.

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212 Points

LAME. Nobody really processes images for the web anymore, I guess? C'mon, man!

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896 Points

Hi Anthony, we do not expect to add any new features to S4W, and indeed we have not been doing so for quite some time.

In Addition, Save for Web does not work with artboards.

We have *no plans* to remove save for web until we are able to get most used features of Save for Web available in some manner in Photoshop.

Export as is the first step in that direction. We will be improving Export as in the future to get to that level. See this post for next steps: https://medium.com/photoshop/introduc...

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846 Points

Hi Divya,

Thanks for the response. Please return Save for Web to its original place under the File menu and not as a submenu.

I have no problem with Export as, other than it feels like a half effort replacement of Save for Web, but it should not replace that feature or mess with the workflow.

As apparent here, Save for Web is a heavily used feature and this change has needlessly disrupted workflows that have been in place for a decade.

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758 Points

Agree with Anthony; vigorously. Save for web is heavily used. Update it. Improve it. Don’t remove it or bury it.

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60 Points

If Export As is going to become the new workflow, it's really critical (at a minimum) that you keep features that allow on-the-fly color conversions. If the basic idea is that you have a master file from which you export various versions, it is painful to have to convert to an output space before export and either undo or reconvert back to your main working space each time.

Also, the Export As feature offers no control over metadata and seems to strip ALL metadata including copyright information with no other option!?! This is a giant step backwards.

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896 Points

Yes, we will be offering a mechanism to save with meta data in the future. 

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122 Points

Why are the software designers' needs more important than those of the users?  This is the same bunny trail that Apple is on, constantly moving, renaming, hiding, and changing processes that are everyday parts of professional workflows.  I just bit the bullet for CC and if this is where it's headed it promises constant headache for users who rely on your software.  I teach several classes each year with your software and the 'Save for Web' function was a marvelous teaching tool.  Not only did it do its job (reducing file sizes), but it taught the next generation of web designers the ins-and-outs of different file types, dithering, quality, color palettes, transparency etc.  It remains a useful and elegant solution to image sizing on the web--and what isn't on the web these days??    I applaud coalescing around 'Export' and eliminating the confusing 'Save As'...but this web export function should be front and center in any image/graphics software.   Maybe the software teams need to leave the campus and see how their product is used? 

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5 years ago

See Stephen's post here along with a nice FAQ: http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/201...

The important details:

Save for Web will not be removed without replacing its capabilities in a new and improved workflow.

Save For Web was reorganized under File -> Export -> Save For Web (Legacy)

You can use the existing keyboard shortcut: ctrl + alt + shift + s (win) or cmd + opt + shift + s (Mac). You can also customize the shortcut by going to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts...

Or install the "Export Helper" panel extension which gives you fast access to all export options including Save for Web:



Note: For extensions to load make sure that:

• You have the latest version of the Creative Cloud desktop application installed (Version 2.1.3.121)
• File Sync is enabled in the Creative Cloud desktop application
• Restart Photoshop CC 2015 for the panel to load in the Window>Extensions> menu

Sr. Product Manager, Adobe Digital Imaging

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846 Points

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for pointing this out, I have left a comment there (awaiting moderation) asking if Save for Web can be returned as an option under the main File drop down rather than hidden in a sub menu.

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194 Points

Great to know. I think some of the anxiety surround this is that the Adobe documentation wasn't really clear regarding these features. In the future, when these changes come out, if they could clarify some of the transitional UI elements, it may save everyone some hand-wringing and confusion.

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194 Points

Also thanks for the blog post. That is very reassuring to know that Adobe realizes that many of us have come to rely on these features. Been using Photoshop for 20 years so I really don't want to have to find new solutions to fill the gaps.

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Please forgive me posting on such an old thread, but recently someone over on community.adobe.com claimed that on this Forum 
»someone who was an Adobe advisor said they were discontinuing Save For Web.«

As it still works for me I was surprised and I wonder if there might have been a misunderstanding. 
I know this is not the place for announcements about future releases but is it correct that at current »Save for Web« should still function in general? 

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I think they were trying to phase it out quickly by first labeling it "Legacy" and dropping access down a layer to discourage people from using it, but then caught too much resistance, so they've left it alone for now. I personally rarely use the export function they were trying to replace it with. "Save for Web" is too easy and functional.

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132 Points

I still miss "Save for Web." I used it frequently. One would think they could have "fixed" whatever the problem was without moving/removing it. 

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So the Save for Web under File > Export indeed does not work for you? 
Which Photoshop and OS versions do you use? 

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5 years ago

Thank you Chris!

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80 Points

5 years ago

Has anyone a clue as to why they decided to do this?

- Jason

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846 Points

Curious about this as well.

If this is some issue with Save for Web not being able to save very large image sizes... then improve that aspect rather than ditching it.

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896 Points

see my response to Anthony's post.

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754 Points

Perhaps because the Save for the web option fails miserably when you try to use it on the new artboard document type. Try it for yourself after stacking one artboard below another and then selecting Save for the web. The resulting file gets padded with extra space top and bottom.

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650 Points

5 years ago

Very bad idea! Especially since the replacement functionality (Export As) can only be reached through a flyout menu.

I'm probably going back to 2014.

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896 Points

you can reach Save for Web using the keyboard shortcut cmd + shift + alt + S. You can change the keyboard shortcut to whatever you like by going to Window > workspace > Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus... https://cloudup.com/c0lCfvKuBdv

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5 years ago

I'm with you guys. I use Save for Web all the time and hate the extra step and flyout...

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846 Points

Yeah, this was a very bad decision in terms of the time it takes for a general workflow for most normal developers who save image after image.

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896 Points

If you are a developer I would recommend using CC Extract for your workflow where not only can you get multi-resolution images per layer but also get the exact pixel dimensions between two or more layers. https://assets.adobe.com/link/ad7110b...

you can reach Save for Web using the keyboard shortcut cmd + shift + alt + S. You can change the keyboard shortcut to whatever you like by going to Window > workspace > Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus... https://cloudup.com/c0lCfvKuBdv

Quick Export should help for most developer tasks, and Export As with PNG defaults.

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222 Points

5 years ago

I'm finding 'Export As' to be really inconvenient.

I can't see myself ever using 'Close and go to Bridge' or 'Share on Behance' but they are both in the top level menu and what I would consider one of the most basic features is not.

I'm really disappointed in this change.

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242 Points

5 years ago

I save every image I process for the web. This is a very poor decision!

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846 Points

Fully agree. It really slows down my general workflow, and once they remove Save For Web its going to be at the unacceptable level with how that feature works.

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262 Points

5 years ago

Well the menu option states "legacy," though "export as" has less options and the window can't be resized. How is it any better?

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896 Points

We will be definitely making that window resizable in the future. What options are you missing? We have outlined a list of features we will be adding soon here: https://medium.com/photoshop/introduc...

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156 Points

5 years ago

I was annoyed by this change as well, especially since the 'Export As' takes forever to load when working from large master file...but found that setting my 'Quick Export' preferences has helped, since I'm mostly doing .jpegs for the web. (File, Export, Export Preferences, Export), then select your 'Quick Export' preferences.

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242 Points

Quick Export preferences don't allow you to choose to embed a color space (important for color fidelity on the web), select which metadata to include, or choose a file size (there are quite a few sites with restrictions on the size of uploads). Also there's no way to resize an image in Quick Export preferences.

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156 Points

Great points. Now I'm even more annoyed with the change.

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896 Points

We will be adding convert to sRGB, and embedding meta data in the preferences soon to Quick Export Preferences as soon as we have that in Export As preferences.

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758 Points

Divya, embed profile is missing, so is a straightforward way to get 8-bit PNG, so is image quality in the JPEG engine for some reason. Also it breaks existing scripts.

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896 Points

What do you mean by 'straightforward way to get 8-bit PNG'? Export As provides the same functionality for 8-bit PNG that is even smaller than Save for Web. Image quality I discuss here: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/what-happened-to-save-for-web-in-photoshop-cc-... 

It shouldn't be breaking any scripts you have. If you have scripts that break, please email Irina Maderych <imaderyc@adobe.com>

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758 Points

On this one you are correct. I missed that 24 Bit PNG is now called “PNG” but “PNG-8” is still available. I missed it because I thought ‘PNG’ was the option for all PNG.

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220 Points

5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bring back Save for Web. It is incredibly annoying to have to choose JPEG repeate....

Why did you take away "Save for Web"? It would remember my JPEG settings. Now I every time I want to save out a JPEG I have to choose the format and the quality. Every single time! Do you know how annoying it is to do these choices over and over when all you're doing is tweaking, cropping, improving photos in minor ways. Photoshop isn't always used for grand multilayer composites to be saved for eternity by default as PSD.

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896 Points

This is a good point! We have a story in the backlog now to add this for Export As on the File Menu level. We should get to this soon.

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212 Points

5 years ago

Bring Back Save For Web OR TELL US WHY NOT

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896 Points

I have, check my response to Anthony's comment here: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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758 Points

But you didn’t say why it was being taken away. You said THAT it was being taken away and the reason you gave is because it is not being updated. Instead Adobe is starting over with different code, and functionality. But Why?

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758 Points

5 years ago

It seems really kind of weird to take a very common feature and hide it in a sub-menu...

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896 Points

Our proposal is to consolidate and be consistent with other Adobe products on Export options. All Adobe products use Export as a consistent metaphor for creating a copy of an original document. We also had other hidden features that were really useful for designers that were hidden in 'Scripts' folder. We wanted to consolidate all of them into one menu.

For more:
http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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758 Points

Export makes total sense as a general method of outputting to formats which are not included in the Save and Load functionality of Photoshop. This would include any format Photoshop can write but can read or can’t fully read. PDF comes to mind as an example. This has nothing to do with Save for Web, except in the sense that they both have to do with saving files, as do Save and Save As. By the way Save As is the consistent metaphor for making a copy of a document.

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282 Points

5 years ago

What a bad decision to move this option... I save everything using "Save For Web". This just makes things more inconvenient.

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200 Points

5 years ago

Yeh I agree with the above, I use 'save for web' every day and this is just inconvenient for pretty much every web designer.