Photoshop CC 2018: "Save" (Cmd-S) is forcing a "Save As" (macOS)

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I think this is a bug, but am not sure. I certainly don't think this is intended behavior, but frequently, when I try to do a normal save (Cmd-S) on a Photoshop file I've created (and on which I've already done a "Save As"), it'll bring up the "Save As" dialog box instead of just doing a regular save over the document.

I had recently added a couple responses in the Adobe Community forums (https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2283725) and was directed here.

I made a quick YouTube video of this behavior in action (also found in one of my Adobe Community forum posts). It can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qI0BJOMGwjM&feature=youtu.be

Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on this one.

Thank you!
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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I can't reproduce this, but I noticed the 'Maximum compatibility' warning came up at the first save with layers. Maybe that's causing it. You clicked it away without looking at it, and you didn't check the 'Don't show again' box either. If you ignore it anyway, then click that 'Don't show again' box and see if that's what causing this.
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I can't reproduce this either, everything is working as expected with up to date Mac + PS
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Cristen Gillespie

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The only time I've had this problem I was printing, then trying to save (since printing always puts the file in an unsaved state) and got the Save As dialog for an already saved file. It hasn't happened at all lately, probably not since sometime in 2017.  It came and went as a problem in earlier versions, too. But never under the conditions you demonstrated, and I even set my prefs for Max Compatibility to Ask, instead of Always, and still couldn't get it to bring up the Save As dialog.

Sorry. from what the others have said, you seem to have found an odd one.  But if it could happen to me through using the Print dialog, I'm sure something else can trigger it.
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I don't know why the OP hasn't reacted yet, but I'm quite sure that this 'Maximum compatibility' warning is the culprit. Because the OP hasn't checked 'Don't show again', Photoshop will show that box each time he added a layer to a flat document. But because 'Save' does not give you any options to change a setting, Photoshop has to bring up the 'Save as' dialog box to enable you to do that.
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I tried it checked and unchecked and I didn't have any problem either way. I believe once you "maximize compatibility" that is baked into the file for future saves... but I could be wrong.
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Cristen Gillespie

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From my experience, it is baked in for future saves. The first time he says OK, or unchecks Max Compatibility, is the last he'll see it for that document. Of course it will pop up if he's saved a background layer, then adds a layer (or creates a Layer 0). But after that, it shouldn't cause a problem like he's experiencing once he's saved the file in a particular state. 

Personally, I couldn't stand responding to it every document, but perhaps he sometimes needs it on, sometimes off, so he doesn't set it to on or off, but always ask.
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Yes, it's future saved, but that confirms what I suspect. If you look at the video, you see that the 'Save as' box only comes up the first time a layer is added. After that, he can add more layers and does not get the 'Save as' box again.
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I think I can now understand the confusion. He's saved a PSD, he expects to be able to simply add any layers since it IS a PSD, but he's not taking into account, as you pointed out, the need for Maximize Compatibility to know what it's supposed to do. Yet another reason for me to never, ever leave  the preference on Ask.<G> I've always thought the default should be Always, but I've heard good arguments why people don't want that, and Never is a bad default, so I guess it's what's known as a compromise—no one is happy. LOL