Photoshop: Ability to make PSD the default file format

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Almost 100% of images I produce yield files larger than PSD will accommodate. When I'm in a hurry and I save a file, the save fails and a dialog pops up to tell me that the file is too large to save as a PSD and I have to change the type to PSD. 

Does it not make sense for the user to be able to configure Photoshop to save files as PSB by default? If this is possible in the current version I've not been able to figure it out.
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Frank Pryor

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1inthelight

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I completely agree!  If a file is to large to be a PSD, Photoshop should just go on and automatically save it as a PSB; it could even have a little message that just pops up to say " Your file has been saved as a PSB because it is larger than 2 GB), and I only suggest that because there are still people out there that are unaware of PSB.  Its a minor thing, but always a pain in the butt, lol.  Great suggestion!
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Although in the main I agree, at least with what Frank is asking for and that is that this is user-configurable. Automatically saving to PSB might cause some problems— for example, the user may not have realised that their Smart Objects were taking up more room than expected, and preparing to hand off the file, they discover it's so much larger than it should be. Now they have to track it down and reopen it in order to fix the problem.

I have recently experienced 2 instances where a photo action duplicated itself inside itself, although  it was supposed to only create a group from selected files. I'm positive it was a hiccup with my older, slower computer that I was running it on stepping on itself. I know it wasn't the action. Without the warning, I'd have found myself saving 6+ GB files to disk, whereas I knew the actions shouldn't make files that large and stopped the process to find what it was before I went on with the save.

So user-configurable I'd go for, as I could enable that for times when I'm simply working with very large files, while disabling it when I know they shouldn't exceed the 2GB limit.
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Yeah, my issue is similar. Photoshop used to keep the file type the same during a "Save as" unless I clicked the file type drop down menu and changed it, or if I had done something that required the .psd type. If the file was .jpg, then it retained the .jpg as the default. Now, if I do almost anything at all to the image, or even nothing at all, it switches to .psd automatically and I have to select the .jpg to Save it OR Save as. How do I specify a default file type, or specify keeping it the same file type without using the drop down menu each time?
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Hmm. It just occurred to me that I could create an action to save a file as a PSB and invoke that instead of Save As whenever I save a file for the first time. I've got one I made years ago that saves a copy out as a JPG to send for client approval. I'd just have to train myself to hit a different keyboard shortcut than Command+Shift+S.

Still...
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Cristen Gillespie

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> It just occurred to me that I could create an action to save a file as a PSB and invoke that instead of Save As whenever I save a file for the first time.>

That sounds like a good use of actions. If you do this as often as you say, it's even worth taking up a valuable kbsc, and it won't take long to remember. And you'll have a solution to your problem long before they'll change the protocol. '-}
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if (documents.length) {
  if ((aD = activeDocument).width.as('px') * aD.height.as('px') > 300000000) {
     function sTT(v) {return stringIDToTypeID(v)} (dsc = new ActionDescriptor())
    .putObject(sTT('as'), sTT('largeDocumentFormat'), new ActionDescriptor())
     dsc.putPath(sTT('in'), File(String(activeDocument.fullName).slice(0, -1) + 'b'))
    executeAction(sTT('save'), dsc, DialogModes.NO)
  }
  else aD.save()
}


Open Notepad. Paste above code. Save as "Save.jsx" (incl. double quotes) in 'Presets / Scripts' folder of your Photoshop. (Re)launch Ps and in 'Edit / Keyboard Shortcuts' set 'ctrl s' for 'Save' script you find in 'File' manu of 'App. menu'.

Now each time you press 'ctrl s' everything will be same like always for all sort of file formats. The only difference is when your file is supposed to be saved as .psb you won't be asked to choose its format ;-)
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Tyger Gilbert

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Normally this is the kind of solution to a problem that I delight in having. But Cristen Gillespie showed me a simpler way: Be sure the Delete Cropped Pixels box is checked. It had changed to unchecked as the default in a recent update, and that was the source of my grief. My expected behavior has been restored and the box stays checked from session to session with no coding and no exceptions. I do appreciate all your effort, though. Thanks!