Photoshop: Overwriting original files in Bridge

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since upgrading yesterday every file I duplicate in bridge and then work on the copy in photoshop will then apply all changes to the orignal...leaving me without an original...any ideas?
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allan lance

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Chris Cox

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That doesn't make sense.
Photoshop can only change the file that you open (and then only when you save), or a file that you "save as".
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it has never done it before and I have used it for years ... but yesterday after upgrading it started doing it...I have not been game to look at my old files in case it changes all originals that I have worked with....
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Chris Cox

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Again, Photoshop can't do that.

What did you upgrade? (Photoshop hasn't had any updates since CC 2015 came out in June)

Are you sure you are copying the file, and not just creating a shortcut/alias/link to the original file?
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allan lance

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creative cloud offered me an upgrade so I did yesterday...it may been offered a while back but I only took it up yesterday...I download raw files from my cameras... view them full screen..delete what I do not want then duplicate one to work on...the duplicate uploads in camera raw as usual and I work on it to my satisfaction then I save it as psp and return to bridge to find I have three identical files the psp..the modified duplicate raw and the original raw that is now identical to the changed version...the file I in the form I originally duplicated is nowhere to be found...I do not believe I have changed anything in my setup as it was working just fine,..
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Chris Cox

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OK, the Creative Cloud app has had some updates, and Camera Raw was updated.

But Photoshop and Bridge haven't been updated since the release in June.

Upload in Camera Raw? Do you mean open?

psp is a preferences file, not an image format. Do you mean PSD or PSB?

You don't need to duplicate the Camera Raw file -- it remains as a Camera Raw image, and just adds metadata for modifications made in ACR or LightRoom.
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allan lance

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This morning I took a single canon raw photo...downloaded it into bridge cc..from there I made a duplicate copy of it...I then opened the duplicate in Photoshop camera raw ...modified the file and then opened it in Photoshop...made a couple more changes and then saved it as a psd file. checking back in bridge I now have 3 identical copies of the photo...one the correctly modified psd file and the others are two crs files both identical and definitely modified from the original that was loaded from the camera card.

It may be operator error... but it is something that has never happened before the last couple of days..it is definitely replacing the original
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allan lance

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Bridge is still doing it...this morning I made a duplicate of an image then duplicated it...then I made a duplicate of the first copy and worked on it and saved it as a psd...checking back in bridge in that folder I now have the saved psd and three worked on files ...both the original and the first duplicate have been converted to the worked on image...it obviously can do this...
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Hi Allan,

I'm not sure I follow your workflow, but I attempted to reproduce this and could not.

How do you have "Save image settings in:" configured in Camera Raw Preferences...?

XMP? Camera Raw Database?

It might help us if you laid out your workflow steps in a numbered list such as the following.

1. In Bridge select a raw file and duplicate it
2. Open the raw file in Camera Raw (in Bridge or in Photoshop)
3. In the Camera Raw plugin dialog, adjust exposure
4. Click Open Image
5. more steps...

Hope that helps.

- Chris
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sorry about the delay but I have been il. the problem contiues
my procedure is as follows
1 insert card with picture into card reader
2 accept suggestion to put download the image into bridge cc
3 this throws up the Bridge downloader click on "Get Media"
4 this downloads them into a subfolder labeled by date in My Picures
5I then duplicate the image that I wish to work on
6 double click and the duplicte opens in camera raw in photoshop
7 develop the image to my satisfaction in camera raw
8 open image photoshop..make any other adjustments
9 click save
10 accept saving a psd file as a copy in the original folder
11 look at the folder that holds that image and the original...I have now got a psd file identical to the worked on saved image...a modified raw file of the copy and in the place of the original image with the name of the original image is a modified raw file the same a the worked on image...with no sign of the form of the original

now yesterday I thought I would (some hours later) put the card with the original image back in the reader and and load the original back into that folder....after "get media" it opened up bridge and for a split second the original was visible then as fast as the computer could do it it metamorphosed into the modified raw file of the previous session !!!

cheers Allan