Photoshop: How do I change the default file format for save as?

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Is there a way to get Photoshop CC to default to psd instead of tif with save as, when coming from a dng file? Or is it better to save my layered file as a layered psd?
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Chris Cox

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Until you save a file once, there is no way to change the default.
Photoshop will default to the format that can contain all the data (PSD or PSB) in your document.

After the file has been saved, it will default to the same format, until you add something to the document that cannot be saved in that format.
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So if I open a dng in PS, when I save it for the 1st time and it defaults to a tif, does that mean there is some data that a tif can save that a psd cannot? If this is the case, would I be better off saving as a tif?
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No, PSD and PSB can save everything. TIFF can save most things, but not all color modes.

In this case, TIFF and PSD can both save the data (unless you changed mode to duotone or multichannel).
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Thanks Chris. I just realized it was a preference I set in Lightroom that caused this.
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Michael, what is that Lightroom setting?

When I open a JPG from Lightroom into Photoshop, it is saving my work as "(original name) Edit.TIFF". I'd rather have it as a JPG.