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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Hi, I recently was forced to update and do this as well. (Lost my job due to the pandemic had to give them back the laptop, and OS wouldn't support the older version of CS I had on my personal laptop). I'm trying to help out a buddy and my god it's just name1.jpeg, name2.jpeg with every minuscule change. Did we get any work arounds?! I'm going insane that the files I drag into other CS apps aren't updating anymore because there's no way to override.
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Just wanted to confirm this is happening to me as well, whenever I'm trying to replace an existing JPEG file. Found out about it when I accidentally submitted two JPEGs to a client.

I'm using the latest version of Catalina and Photoshop.
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I found a work around. It is very annoying, and got no help from an absolutely WORTHLESS 40 minutes with adobe support (where they asked me if I tried not doing save as but just save, and I was like...you idiot that won't make a jpeg from a psd. But I digress.)

Work around:
I set my quick export from png to jpeg, and that allows you to overwrite. It's the only way I could do it.
So command k > export. Select jpeg instead of png and then set the quality to 100. And that has worked for now.
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That does seem to work, thanks Cezz! This will help until a proper fix for the bug
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Cezz

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NP DB.
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Same here with Tif, i am currently testing different Photoshop versions on my MAcPRo 2019 with Catalina. This happens with Version 20.0.9. 
But I can't overwrite pictures either. Even if Photoshop suggests it and has full access to all folders in the security settings, just save a new file with a copy on the back and don't overwrite it even it asks to do so. This is a real problem because if you don't pay attention it can happen that you give the "old" picture by mistake and later on the newer one is overlooked with "copy" on your full desktop.
So, I know this is not all Photoshop – it is this over secured Catalina Os. But why are other apps able to overwrite files?
Updating to latest Version maybe helps but... later versions still freeze on my new Mac Pro (made a thread already) after an hour.
I'm using Photoshop since version 2 but now its getting more worse every update in my opinion.
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I'm having the same issue. I use Photoshop a lot to create full screen graphics that get used in Premiere.  It used to be if I needed to change a word or something, I would do "File-Save As-Select the file name and format" and it would replace the file on my drive and it would replace my file in Premiere.  But if every file save as now only creates a copy, unfortunately my current project I need to fix quite a few files and then I'm going to end up doubles the amount of files on my drive and need to do "replace footage" in Premiere.  This issue is new to me.  Tried the "Full Disk Access" workaround and nada.  Not sure why it (Photoshop) won't allow you to uncheck "Save as copy" option.
I should mention that I use PNG format.
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A few other people have mentioned this, but I finally did it this week and everything "works as expected... kinda" for me now. (This won't help if you're working with TIFF images.)

My solution: Go to File -> Export -> Export Preferences...
Set the export pref to whatever you normally would use. For me, I set it to JPG with a quality of 10.
Go to Edit -> Keyboard Shortcuts...
Remove they keyboard shortcut for Save As... and map Shift+Command+S to the Quick Export option.

YMMV, but this has helped me. Thank you to those who have mentioned it on various posts.
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MacOS Catalina 10.15.5
Photoshop 21.2.0

 

This has been happening in the last few releases of Photoshop on Mac OS Catalina. AND IS STILL IN THE LATEST 21.2.0 RELEASE.

All the Photoshop professionals who work on Mac and keep their computers up-to-date that I've talked to, are having this exact same issue and are also super frustrated. It forces uneccessary productivity and workflow problems on everyone.

Why would I want to unknowingly save a copy when I have explicitly pressed the button to "REPLACE" the file?


PLEASE FIX THIS.


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Came to add the .02 that this problem still exists with new 21.2 version.

BUT, here is the thing. With a SAVE AS, if you pick to save over a file, it confirms the overwrite but then makes a copy instead which is ridiculous and has led to actual problems with file management. YET, if you do s SAVE FOR WEB (legacy) and go through the steps to save over a file it will write over the file.

SO don't see how OS can be blamed for this, since it CAN be done.
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Brobel Design

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Just updated Photoshop, praying this problem was fixed. It isn't. Extremely frustrating.
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Brandon O'Neill

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Been following this thread for MONTHS. Every macOS update and Photoshop update brings hope, and disappointment. How loud do we need to shout?
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I cannot believe it's still happening. It's getting ridiculous. It seems like there's a new revolutionary version of the software (updated today) but this bloody bug is still there. Is anyone from Adobe even listening to those comments?
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Hi,
I just updated Photoshop and Catalina to 10.15.5, and finally I can overwrite jpg files without making a copy. Anyone else got this fixed.
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Nope. I'm running Photshop 21.2.0 and Cataling 10.15.5 and I'm still having the issue, including .png files. JUST LET ME UNCHECK THE FREAKING SAVE A COPY BOX.
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Sebastian Aguila

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You are right not sure why it worked the first time, issue is still there...
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Sharona Sledge

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Just here to make sure that I'm in the number of EVERYONE who is having this STUPID, TIME CONSUMING.... MONEY ABSORBING problem!
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Courtney Horton

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You are NOT alone.........
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Cristina Tudor

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Same problem here ... Is this getting fixed soon, Adobe??  We are paying money for this program btw ... Please fix this! Thx
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Courtney Horton

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Has this been fixed yet??? Its July 1 2020, and i'm noticing that I havent seen anybody that has a fix for this...

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Marije Schmitz-Niehaus

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Same issue, OS 10.15.5, PS 21.0.2
Very time consuming!

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Vinnydude

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Just came here to report I'm still having this issue too.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Photoshop CC 2020 on Catalina won't replace only saves a copy.

photoshop cc 2020 saving unwanted copy instead of saving over I work news it takes valuable time to go in and delete old one and take the word copy off. It happens with pngs, jpgs, psds - it tells me it's replacing it but it isn't this is maddening
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Bonjour, je trouve que toute cette polémique, n'a pas lieu d'être....
1. Les commandes Enregistrer sous... et Enregistrer sont des commandes réservées aux documents originaux. il est donc normal quand on crée un nouveau document de l'enregistrer sous *.psd ou *.tiff formats qui vont conserver toute l'architecture des calques de PS.

2. Les autre formats tels que .jpg ou . png etc... ne conservent pas l'architecture du document tels que travailler dans PS, donc sont à considérer comme des document livrables ou exportés.

Personnellement les document originaux, je conserve le non-destructif et les exportations je les fait au format souhaité pour par le client, je ne vais pas leur donner toutes mes recètes de cuisine et donc j'utilise, à partir de mon original, Exporter... qui me permet très simplement de paramétrer facilement les caractéristiques du fichier livré.

Je ne pense pas qu'il faille avoir bac plus 10 pour comprendre cette façon de travailler et permet surtout de ne pas écraser trop facilement nos fichiers !

Hello, I find that all this debate, does not take place to be....
1. Enregistrer orders under and to Record are orders reserved for the original documents. it is therefore normal when they create a new document to record it under *.psd or *.tiff formats which are going to keep all architecture of the tracing papers of PS.

2. Other one formats such as .jpg or. png etc do not keep the architecture of the document such as to work in PS, therefore are to consider document as which been be delivered or export.

Personally document eccentrics, I keep the non-destroying and exports me them made in desired format for by the customer, I am not going to give them all my recètes of kitchen and therefore I use, from my original, Export who allows me very simply to define easily the characteristics of the delivered file.

I do not think that it is necessary to have receptacle more 10 to understand this manner of working and allows especially not to crush our files too easily! Sorry, Google translation!!!

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Pourquoi, ne corrigez-vous pas cette boite de dialogue qui ne fonctionne plus depuis quelques temps déjà, les mots copie + son incrément ne s'ajoutent plus au nom de fichier si le fichier existe déjà et que la case devant "En tant que copie" est cochée, c'est vraiment une erreur pénalisante.

Cette erreur est présente depuis des mois et des versions de PS !!!

MacOS 10.15.5 + PS 20.2.0

Why, you do not correct this limp with dialogue which already does not work any more for some time, words copy its incrément do not add any more in the name of file if the file already exists and that the hut in front of ' As copy ' it is checked, is really a prejudicial error.


MacOS 10.15.5 + PS 20.2.0

This error is present for months and versions of PS!!! Sorry Google is translating this for me !




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Having the same problem too. I hope Adobe fix several issues on Catalina OS that affects our daily workflow. 
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S B

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Yep. It's July 2020 and I'm STILL having this problem. Seriously what gives. It's a real impediment to my workflow.
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just updated to 21.2.1 - still having this issue..
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I just updated Photoshop after having to retrieve the previous version from time machine as Photoshop wasn't updating layers and when it wasn't polluting my files, it was changing the colors in random ways. This time, I'm getting that <name+copy>.tiff. My workaround is the same as the previous one, Time Machine < Photoshop 2019 < Restore. I have to say that these recent experiences are making me seriously consider dumping my subscription altogether. Affinity Photo and Designer look far superior and as soon as someone comes up with a more robust, 21st version of After Effects, That's what I'm going to do.
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Well, here's something. If you now have a new file named what the previous version was with "copy" added to it, overwriting that file actually works and doesn't add another "copy" to the name. So if you don't mind having all the files you want to overwrite have the tag Copy, it works as it should. I'm updating files for a 3D modeling project and am constantly changing the texture layers, so I'm just going to make friends with the "copy" suffix until Adobe actually fixes it or I move to Affinity Photo.
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Found this today addressing Photoshop and macOS Catalina (10.15) compatibility
at least they are actually acknowledging theres an issue now... still waiting for a fix adobe...

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-and-macos-catalina.html

Cannot overwrite an existing file when saving with the same filename

Photoshop saves a copy instead of overwriting an existing file with the same name.

Workarounds

  • Manually rename the saved file and remove 'copy' from the file name.
  • Save the file to a different location.

Note: We are working with Apple to address this issue.

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Well... IT'S ABOUT TIME.

Thank you for sharing this, maybe there is light at the end of this godforesaken tunnel after all.