NEW file should default to file type you have in your clipboard

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Right now, a NEW file in Photoshop CC 2018 will default to the size of whatever you have in your clipboard. It would be great if it would also default to the same file type that you have in your clipboard. If you have a selection of a bitmap file in your clipboard, and select NEW, then the new file should also be bitmap.  The main reason I ask is that I often work in bitmapped files, and if I select and copy a section and then choose NEW, the new file will default to grayscale.

This is a problem because if you have a bitmap image in your clipboard, and then create a NEW grayscale file, you will get errors in the new file.  Any tool you use, you get the error "could not (whatever) because of a program error". (The "whatever" being the tool you were trying to use.)

(You don't get the error if you have a bitmap file in your clipboard and then when you create a NEW file choose to create a new bitmap.)

I spent the last couple of days talking to tech support about this issue, and they encountered the same errors that I did.
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Cristen Gillespie

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Being totally contrary, I really wish PS wouldn't default to what's on the clipboard. I wish it were "last used." But if it's going to be the clipboard, then it should definitely default to the type of file on the clipboard. I didn't realise it wasn't doing that as I've only used it to create RGB files, with RGB the color mode that was on the clipboard.

The same steps with CMYK, Cmd-N, hit return, does generate a CMYK doc. RGB creates an RGB doc. And my test shows that Bitmap on the clipboard produces Grayscale. I can confirm it as a bug on my Mac in High Sierra.
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It's really the errors that bother me more than the file type change. It just seemed like maybe an easier fix, if they wanted to try and fix it!
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Since it's not consistent, while it may not be a terrible bug now that you know what is happening to your file, it's obviously something unexpected that  disrupts your workflow—so it fits the definition of bug. I also think that should be all they'll need to fix to remedy the errors you're getting, yes.

I assume they'll get around to it as soon as they can now someone has called it to their attention. Bitmap is probably not a mode used often, and in the particular way you do, apparently even less often or it would have been already discovered.

Me, I find the number of ways people use this software fascinating, and a daunting task for any engineer to test ahead of release. Their list must be awfully long as it is.