Photoshop: Why do I have to Flatten images I open with Camera RAW? (using crop tool, forgot settings)

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In CS4, I would open a RAW image, adjust the brightness, vignetting, levels, shapren, crop. I then would hit FILE, SAVE AS and select folder and automatically it would save it as a jpeg- which is what I want.

Now in CS 6, I do the same thing, and it wants me to flatten the image. What is going on? Is it creating layers? and how can I stop this?

There must be a default setting that has changed....

P.S. - CS6 crop tool still slowing me down. Look how beatiful the old tool was. You could just toggle back & forth between height and width. You drew a box and cropped, and DONE. No lingering crop box. Please come back, classic mode
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It should work the same, if you used the same settings.
No, the defaults did not change.

You have layers for some reason - you need to figure out why you have layers when you should have a flat image.
Did you set ACR to open the file as a Smart Object and forget about that setting?

And please, post one problem/idea per topic.
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Thanks, I don't see an option for enable smart object in Adobe camera raw.
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ok, I opened a RAW image in CS6. I simply just open the image, do nothing to it and then do a SAVE AS, and it's fine- I can go ahead and save as jpeg, which is what the default file type is in the SAVE AS box.
Now, I do the same thing but add ONE step, which is to crop it in "classic" mode and then try to SAVE AS, and it's a PSD all of the sudden and wants me to flatten it.

So Chris, it appears the crop tool is adding a layer to it. I must have hit something in the crop tool settings (who knows what) as I was attempting to get the classic mode to work.

Is there something in the crop tool that is adding layers?
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I'm sorry, I just want to click off the crop tool and it won't go away. It keeps asking me if I want to crop it. This crop tool is unusable, I'm just sorry. And it's adding a layer somehow.

Again, would you please answer the question: are you working on a real classic mode or not? I'm going to downgrade to CS5 if not. It's really that unusable
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Took it off classic mode and it's still doing it. Only happens so far when I crop.
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You have the crop tool set to create a layer (preserve cropped area).
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I found it- it "delete cropped pixels" has to be checked. I miss the old, superior crop tool. One problem solved, thank you, but it's still much clunkier to use this new crop tool for what I do. Everyone uses it a little differently, granted, but then that is the whole point of the classic mode, which is not a real classic mode, again.
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