Photoshop: IF file is already "saved as" then don't prompt "Save changes . . . before closing?" when I close.

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I often have several files open for which I only need JPGs, so I use "Save as" or else they will be PSDs. When I get around to closing them, Photoshop prompts "Save changes to the Adobe Photoshop document "image_name" before closing?"  That gives the false impression that changes have been made since I actually did save the file using "Save as."  So, just to be sure (did I forget?), I have to "Save as JPEG" again!  Photoshop should prompt "JPEG saved, save as PSD?" when the file has already been saved in some format.
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John Heafield

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Mark Payne

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It would definitely spare that bit of confusion, I agree. As far as I can tell, it does not always prompt to save the file again.

I understand, if you went from an indexed to RGB in order to save as a jpeg, in which case a change was made to the file.

But if there is not a * on the filename tab, then no changes were made, so it should not ask.
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It's behaving that way because when you save a layered file as jpg, you're saving a copy. When you go to close, it's asking for you to save because you've only saved a copy. This behavior is very intentional and if it were changed to the way you describe, there would be countless disasters with people losing their work.

If you want to avoid this message, set up a kbsc to flatten your image before saving.
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JPEG does not support layers or 16 bits/color, so if your image has layers or is in 16 bits/color, then Photoshop will have to keep asking you to save it. All your previous 'save as' actions have only produced flattened 8 bits/color copies, so the layered and/or 16 bits original has still not been saved.
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Thanks guys, it took me awhile, but now it makes more sense!
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Mark Payne

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over 25 years and some things I still never understand about Photoshop