Photoshop: Saving copy not saving over jpg file

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working on Catalina OS. saving file extension works now but does not save over jpg when saving it creates a copy which is annoying and time consuming to fix
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Steven Paslawsky

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Leslie Stacks

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I just did the 21.0.3 update, and it didn't change a thing for me.  Still making copies instead of overwriting/replacing files.
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Laura Ross

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Yep, it started adding  copy to the file name again. I hate you Adobe. I hate you so much. 
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Wesley Parsons

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This has completely screwed our workflow and has cost us thousands of dollars. How has this still not been resolved?
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Abo Mohamed

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i have the same problem in photoshop last update and catalina so adobe plz fix this
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Lawrence Mc Cormick

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Same issue here. Outrageous behavior by Adobe. It's been over 3 months... They just don't care about their customers. Pity. This used to be a reliable Software Maker.
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Doubt it will do any good what-so-ever, but just adding myself to the growing list of increasingly frustrated users with this issue. I honestly can't think of ONE good excuse for this to not have been corrected IN 3 MONTHS. I'm with Laura, if I could find a decent substitute I would be done. 
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Has any ever noticed or seen this message "File must be saved as a copy with this selection" and the same icon next to layers. But there's nothing you can deselect or change. It seems like it's telling you it will be a copy but doesn't give you an alternative.

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Yes, and also I could not change or select.  I think it must be part of the same glitch.  But I wonder why Adobe is taking so long to fix it.  When saving, I now have to find the original and delete it so that PS will save as a jpg. and not a copy...  or save it as a copy, find the original, delete it and then change the name of the copy to the name without copy.  Very frustrating and very time consuming.  
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Just sent the wrong file to a client. It's my fault, but come on adobe! This should be fixed. Not only is it costing me time but it will most likely cost me a client.
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Lisa Wandrei

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That's too bad. They really need to get this fixed!
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JEFF LAMBERT

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Just updated to Catalina 10.15.3, no change in behavior, so the update did not fix this on Apple's side.
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Mark Larson

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Adobe, fix this.  There's no stupid little cloud feature that anyone wants more than this major productivity waster.  Your software causes errors in our work.  You might as well be Corel. 
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Just Googled this issue as I thought I was going mad.  Glad its not just me, but really Adobe, its a simple problem that can lead to larger issues with the wrong JPGs floating around.
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I updated to macOS Catalina 10.15.03, and the bug in Adobe Photoshop 2020 still occurs, when you want to overwrite files while saving. My Photoshop version is 21.0.3. I've created a short video, which demonstrates the bug. This bug causes a lot more working time on routine tasks. Adobe, please fix this as soon as possible. 

I am looking for alternative software solutions now...
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Steve Guthrie

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Yeah this is crazy. Please fix Adobe!
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JEFF LAMBERT

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Well, 21.1 is out and it's still not fixed! WTF!
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Matt Rock

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Updated to 21.1.1 today, still experiencing the same issue. Frustrating my workflow. :(
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Scott Flood

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Teresa Weier

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I posted weeks ago also and still the same issue... do they plan to ever fix it?
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Philip Wels

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Same problem. This needs to be fixed.
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William Novak

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they dont care about us... just for the money....
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Andrew Croft

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I wanted to get to the bottom of this immediately through the PhotoShop online chat. They are closed. 1:25pm EST on a Wednesday afternoon.

I actually think they all ran away to hide because this is infuriating to ALL ADOBE USERS across their ENTIRE SUBSCRIPTION BASE.

This has to be the most pathetic excuse for custom service in the history of EVER.

Everyone - get on the chat this afternoon and voice your disgust at Adobe. Flood their Facebook pages with messages showing your irritation and maybe, just maybe, we'll get a lot of Adobe managers fired and replaced with ... well... not likely to be replaced with anything usable unfortunately.

When I started using Adobe products, the help lines were manned/womanned by people who actually used the apps and knew what they were doing - maybe didn't have the answer immediately - but walked through it. Now, it is just a call centre agent reading a manual ike a Microsoft Office.

Pathetic.
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Is this happening across all macs?

I'm on a macbook pro late 2013 and am having other issues than this with Catalina in general, so I was wondering.
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JEFF LAMBERT

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@Melissa all mac running Catalina. It doesn't happen if you run Mojave. 
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Steve Mabin

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Just updated to Photoshop 21.1 and it has not fixed this problem but it has now introduced a new one. When I go to crop an image imported from Lightroom it greys out the lower part so it’s not possible to see the whole of the image that is being cropped. Come on Adobe, it’s about time you got your act together!
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I just got a response from Adobe after I posted the jpg saving issue on their forum:

“hi,

This works just fine for me. If I open up a JPEG and then write on it and press Command + S to Save, it saves over my JPEG.

However, if you ADD A NEW LAYER, then it will try to save it as a New Photoshop file because JPEGs dont have layers.

If you do add layers, and you want to save over it, you can flatten the image first by going to Layer> Flatten Image and then press save and it will save over the JPEG.

Hope that helps!

cheers!
mark”

Really helpful. I did respond and not so nicely. Like as IF I wasn't aware of that option.

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This is not how previous versions of Photoshop behaved and their suggestion is nothing more than an inefficient "solution". In previous versions if you're working on a layered PSD file and you want to save it out as a JPG it assumes you know your not saving layers and would simply save a flattened JPG; same as any other format that doesn't support layers. Furthermore, it never forced you to save a copy because, duh, you're saving it as a different file format. This is the way it should work.
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Howdy folks!

I believe I have - THE ANSWER!

Well, I truly hope I have THE ANSWER!

Appears that with Catalina came a new Permissions Control that is accessible via the System Preferences - this is all on Apple's side.

I went into a chat with an Adobe tech - and they wanted to share my screen. I wasn't interested in doing is that way - I stated I wanted directions on how to do this. Oddly enough, they complied. I wanted the directions because I wanted to share this with as many people as possible. All of you who flood my inbox with these messages! ;-)

Here is what I suggest:

- shut down all Adobe apps, in fact, a complete shut down of all apps wouldn't hurt, so close off everything and restart

- System Preferences - Security and Privacy - scroll down on left column to "Full Disk Access"

- Scroll down on right side to all Adobe apps listed, and check them ON

- if ANY other app is having the same issue, like greyed out folders [a related problem] - simply check them ON or click the "+" sign if they are not listed

- also suggest a restart at this stage - I noticed when testing PhotoShop to access folders they first show as grey then switch to solid, so a restart may clear this completely

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Now, I also tested with the PhotoShop saving over JPGs... I believe this issue ONLY exists for folders created since a Catalina install... which is why it isn't always system-wide - it may not occur within folders created prior to Catalina. I am not encountering this issue now, but cannot be entirely sure the folders I tested were ever issues previously - do not recall the projects where this was an issue, so many new projects on the go.

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I really hope this is the answer to all of our ailments... annoying beyond belief, but appears we can be just as angry at Apple for throwing this on our plates, as we can be with Adobe for NOT ANSWERING in this forum, and many other forums. Why the heck bother hosting these forums then?

So, Adobe still has a lot of work to do in servicing subscription-based clients and keeping us happy.

Have a great day!

Thanks.
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Unfortunately I've followed all of your steps and this does not work for me. Still getting the ridiculous dialogue and then it goes on to ask me if I want to replace the file yet it still makes a copy of the file. Funny thing is it's more than willing to overwrite the copy of the file it previously made but not the original PNG I want to overwrite. Same behavior with JPG. So stupid.
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My adobe apps already had checkmarks in the Full Disk Access section when I went to try your suggestion, so this is not an answer either.
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Andrew Croft

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Le sigh.
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Melissa Linares

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This didn't work for me either. 
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Dieter Erik von Schramm

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I sent them a link to this forum on Twitter and received this response. Fingers crossed...
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I wrote below script as a temporary solution while waiting for the fix. I use Sony camera, therefore the photo file name is always begin with DSC. I run the script as and when I need to clean up the mess.  

#!/bin/sh
if [ ! -d junk ]; then
    mkdir junk
fi

for copyjpg in $(ls -1 DSC*copy.JPG); do
    if [[ $copyjpg == "DSC"* ]]; then
        echo "$copyjpg"
        copyjpg=`echo $copyjpg | awk '{print $1}'`
        jpg=`echo $copyjpg | awk '{printf("%s.JPG",$1)}'`
        if [ -f $jpg ]; then
            echo "$jpg exist!"
            mv $jpg junk
        fi
        copyjpg=`echo $copyjpg | awk '{printf("%s\ copy.JPG",$1)}'`
        echo "$copyjpg"
        mv "$copyjpg" $jpg
    fi
done