Cropping in Photoshop CC 2018 creates a layer

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I have a Mac and I upgraded to High Sierra just before installing Photoshop CC 2018. When I crop a photo it creates a layer. So when I go to save it, it tries to save as a Photoshop document. Can't figure out how to prevent this.
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Mara

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Max Johnson, Champion

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Layer->Flatten Image before saving or turn on the "delete cropped pixels" option for the crop tool.

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Mara

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Hi Max,
Cropping an image should not create a layer. It should just crop the image and that's it. I called Adobe this morning and my brand-newly installed Photoshop CC 2018 already had corrupted preferences. Once the preferences were fixed the weird cropping issue was fixed. Thanks anyway for the reply!
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Actually, Max was right. This is not a matter of corrupt preferences, it's a choice that you have. Resetting your preferences may have reverted the setting to what you are used to, but it wasn't corruption.

You can crop 'non-destructively' but then Photoshop creates a layer, or can can crop the way you are used to, but then the cropped pixels are deleted. It's also not something new in Photoshop CC2018; it has been an option for quite a while.
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If 'Delete Cropped Pixels is unchecked it will change the cropped area to a layer. This option was introduced in PS CS6.

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Well, here's what's interesting: neither "delete cropped pixels" nor "content aware" were showing in the menu bar before we fixed the preferences. Now of course both are showing and "delete cropped pixels" is checked, hence the program is working correctly. Apparently, in this case this was a preference-corruption problem first. Thanks for your reply!