In Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe made some minor changes to a popular and beloved feature: Save For Web. This feature is used for many purposes—from preparing assets for a website to optimizing high-res photos to creating animated GIFs. Because Save For Web is built on the former ImageReady product (now discontinued), the code is too antiquated to maintain and develop new features.
Adobe Generator is a new, modern, and more efficient platform for exporting image assets from Photoshop. Adobe has been building new capabilities on top of this platform for the past two years, including the new Export As and Device Preview features. The Generator platform allows us to build new, streamlined workflows and incorporate more efficient compression algorithms like PNGQuant into Photoshop.
The new Export As workflows are a complete redesign of how you export assets out of Photoshop. Export As has new capabilities like adding padding to an image and exporting shapes and paths to SVG. We also introduced the Quick Export option, which allows you to export an entire document or selected layers quickly with no dialog.
Going forward, Adobe will no longer develop new features in Save For Web, which is why it now is labeled as “Legacy." Don’t worry; no features have been removed from it and we know that there are critical workflows that still require Save For Web. However, Save For Web does not support, for example, new Artboard documents.
We would love to hear your feedback as we continue to build out the future of Export workflows in Photoshop. The best place to leave feedback is on feedback.photoshop.com , where you can see other people’s suggestions, vote them up, and participate in a conversation with Photoshop engineers and designers.
Perhaps. However, rest assured that Adobe will not remove Save for Web without providing those capabilities in a new and improved workflow. For example, we know that many people still need the 2up view, target file size, Convert to sRGB, metadata options, and animated GIF capabilities. Save For Web will not be removed without replacing these capabilities in a new and improved workflow.