Photoshop: Option to disable the preview in "Save for Web"

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Hi,

I work intensive on websites and other digital media (such as apps) and use slices and "save for web" all the time.

When I have a big file with many slices on it and only want to save one or two, photoshop creates a preview of the whole file. This takes a some time. I often don ́t need this optimization feature, because every slice has set the correct file preset already.

For example I see that a color or gradient has to be changed on the page. I make some slightly color change at one slice (on a big image file with many slices) and start "save for web". It makes a big preview and I have to wait before I can save.
One "trick" I use is to crop my image to a small size with the needed slices, save for web and the undo. But when I forget to undo and save.....its big sh** ;-)

● So I only want, that there is in the save for web & devices dialog a checkbox "create preview".

● Also it would be a solution to simply save the last state of the tabs in the preview area. So when I switch to "Original" it remembers next time and only start to create a preview when I change to "Preview" or "2-Up" etc.

● A smarter additional feature would be (for me and the growing mass of people working only digital) to have a faster method to save only one slice without start a (oldschool) dialog for that. For example a small save-icon (a disk!?) in the corner of every slice. Like now with the number. The type of image preset could be adjusted in the slices options panel.

Hope to get some feedback.
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Rangel R Morais

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4 years and nothing. Adobe doesn't care. Sad.
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Rangel, we do care but we can't implement every single idea. Have you tried Generator? It will generate assets automatically, in the background without taking the time to generate a preview. http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2013/09/introducing-adobe-generator-for-photoshop-cc.html
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This isn't something to be looked over, it add's 10 minutes to multiple hours for large images to even preview in the save for web menu, and it affects EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER AND EDITOR that uses Ps, god help us if we choose to export a different size jpeg or change the file format after opening the menu, it's twice as long! adding a disable button to something no one had ever asked for shouldn't be to hard, guess you'd rater people buy other software from other company's, you just lost my business due to these slow speeds and lack of help! <removed expletive - admin. Please don't swear ton this site>
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Filip Karczewski

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It's crazy i click "Save for Web" on bigger file and wait 6 minutes becaue Photoshop is making preview. I don't need this preview. I just want to save and go forward. I think I loose this way one hour every month. 
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Adam Penn

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In the time it would take us to read the developer's comments and the article he took, I will have saved one image using the Save for Web function. Thanks, Jeffrey. 
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Mike Anthony

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Longtime user,  been awaiting a disable preview on Save for Web for many years, but no option ava. Such a simple thing to fix, and so important to every user, not sure how a company like Ps can overlook something like this. Guess they are just trying to find a way to make us pay for the option to become available to users. all about the money! shame!
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I ALSO NEED EXACTLY THE SAME FEATURE, it is reallyyyyyyyy unblievable that we cannot disable preview in Save for Web....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please helpppppppppppppppppppp usssssssssssssssssssssssssss
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: cancel preview in Save For Web.

when exporting a large image the preview progress bar can take a long time, before you can change the pixel values etc...

if you could click a button to cancel the preview then adjust the settings it would make it better for the use of large files in export.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop: Option to disable preview in the "Save for Web" window, please.

The Preview in the "Save for Web" takes so much time to load, especially when I want to export higher resolution pics. It would be a HUGE time saver if you can include an option to Disable the Preview! PLEASE !!!!!!!
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eartho, Champion

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why are you using SFW to export hi-res images?
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Meekohi

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The problem I find is that even if you want a final low-res output, if your current image is high resolution (i.e. you plan on reducing resolution in the SFW panel as opposed to resize, then SFW, then undo),  it will load and immediately tries to preview render some huge PNG which locks up your computer for ~30-60 seconds.
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Please, Adobe, this needs to be implemented. Put less focus on telling users how to use software and more focus on adapting the software to how users are using it. We don't need a new separate program (Adobe Generator) to export assets, let us use the functionality already built-in to Photoshop but kill the CPU/GPU-hogging previews.
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I am using SFW to export hi-res images because that's the only way to save the images in PNG24. The preview is painstakingly long...

Please implement this 6-year-old feature request!
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My workaround is to create an action that will save for the web with the settings I want and close the image. I just press the play action button and it will save without the preview. This works good if I have many photos that I want to export with maximum (or any other quality) settings. But if I need to change folder o anything, then I'll have to do it manually again. 
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Please implement this feature request.  It is killing me waiting minutes for the unwanted and unneeded preview to buffer
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I want to express my own support for this feature.

I know Adobe is trying to force us to use Export instead of Save for Web, but as far as I can tell, you can't save most of the meta data (description, keywords, title) in a jpg through Export. 

So I keep using Save for Web, which actually saves the meta data I need.

Any of you guys who haven't used Export instead of Save for Web should see if that suits your needs. Export As lets you continue to do things even while the stupid preview is generated, instead of freezing up like SFW does.  

Marco: Export As DOES support PNG 24, though they don't actually communicate that to you. It defaults to 24 bits, you have to check a box to make it 8 bit.
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Thanks for the help. I'm running CS6 which doesn't have Export As. Save As gives me PNG32 and Save for Web has the PNG24/PNG8 options.
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I have sent a psb file to my client and he wont be able to open the file ..
its a large file ,in save as format their i can see only 3 formats psb ,raw and tiff ..these 3 formats cant solve my promblem and other fomats are not visible...NEED HELP
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Years later and the same problem exists, when working with 550cm x 480cm images, I could read this entire thread and my "PREVIEW" is still loading, i9 7900X 3.3GHz, 32gig RAM, GTX 1080Ti
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I would also like this option. However, I have a range of actions to use for this. these usually flatten the art (saves a lot of time when scaling), changes image size and goes in save for web to save in specific file type, (when not specifying a save location, it puts it on the desktop). Then the action closes without saving or I choose to go back in my history.
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Alex Amos

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Still waiting....
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Anon Ymous

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Is there any similar software? (in-which they actually listen to customers)
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Richard Valentine

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Give me a break Adobe!!!! We are all SCREAMING for a way to turn off this senseless preview in Save for Web! You're killing our workflow!!!!!!!!!!
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Alex Amos

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Saving out a GIF that has 800 frames, have to wait 10 mins between adjusting colours, I cant even set "Original" to default so that I can just export at 32, 64 and 128, which is faster than waiting for the preview itself.....

How long do we have to wait for a check box option????
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you should do that in Premiere if you have it. you can render your video to GIF format easily. though you have to build it again.
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Boris Panov

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Guys, they DO NOT CARE. That's what running a monopoly is like. But thankfully for EVERY designer in the world, all monopolies fail eventually. It's just a matter of time.
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vulkiee

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This is a really good idea. Please just implement it.
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Mike Anthony

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To ALL designers and progammers, lets band together and make our own app. Photoshop obviously couldn't careless about the customers, so lets build something for US, the way we want it!
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Another 7 or more years old that Adobe don't care about a feature named bug.

Come on guys. It shouldn't be so difficult to make a tick for auto and no-auto preview so one could easily downsize previews on the fly.

I have 5 different options for a project that I have to communicate with the client. One and the same file. Just different backgrounds from layers.  

The final and the working image file is 45 MPs I need 2048 version. I don't need automatic anything. Just a damned tick. So next time when I save for web NOT to wait for the bloody 45 MP version to "optimize a preview". And if I want to be able after I downsize to view the small preview.

@Jeffrey, do you believe it to be that hard? I mean the coding part of "yes", or "no"? ;-)

Just an hour or so of a single developer to implement it. Upon a creation of the "Safe for web" window to check if should start the "optimize preview function..." 

Back in the days (how long was it? 10 years?) with the first implementation of ""Safe for web" wasn't there that checkbox?
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Hey Diko, one great workaround i have for this issue is to use Image Processor Pro... there's a tickbox in that for using Save for Web, so you can select all your files in Bridge, then go Tools>Ps>IPP>SFW. It's 10x faster than manually saving each image and waiting for the preview. 

And yes, i 100% agree that we need to be able to disable the preview in SFW.
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lol I regret that I commented on this thread once years ago. Now every time I get an e-mail update about a new comment I get mad again ;D
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any other software recommended to do just this?    or replace my adobe altogether?
i just lost an account due to F**kn memory error msg and i know that can't be the case as i built a fairly hot machine.